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.

 
 2013 Events

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December 28, 2013  -  Voices of Hope from Syria Tour
 
The Syrian American Council (SAC), Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO), and Maram Foundation proudly announce the “Voices of Hope from Syria Tour” which will feature two of the leading revolutionary activists in multiple US cities. The objective of the tour is to build new bridges of understanding and cooperation between secular and moderate Syrian activists and the American public. Raed Fares, the director of Kafranbel's Media Office and a representative of the Union of Revolutionary Bureaus, and Razan Ghazzawi, a leading Syrian human rights activist, are making their first-ever tour to appeal to Americans to support the 3-year old revolution for freedom and democracy. There will be community events, media events, and meetings with influential people and policymakers. The tour has already been to Chicago, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.
 
When: December 28, 2013
Time: 2 pm
Location: Kendall Public Library, 609 N Eldridge Parkway, Houston, TX 77079
 
CONTACT: Syrian American Council Media Relations: Shiyam Galyon. Cell: (281) 777 3979; Email: ShiyamGalyon@gmail.com.
 

 
December 8, 2013  -  Christmas Gathering at the SAC
 
The Syrian American Club invites you to its annual CHRISTMAS GATHERING.
 
Children entertainment will be provided! Santa will make a special appearance! Food and refreshments will be served.
 
When: Sunday, December 8, 2013
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Al-Sham Cultural and Community Center, 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, 77057
 
Admission: Members $20 / Non-Members $25
Children 3-12 Years $15 / 2 years and under are free
 
Don’t miss the chance to meet Santa! Refreshments and Food Will Be served.
 
RSVP by Wednesday Dec. 4th, 2013 by:
   Phone: (713) 266-5577
   Email: syrianamericanclub@yahoo.com
   Online: https://syrianamericanclub.wufoo.com/forms/christmas-gathering-2013/
   Please include your name & phone number, number of adults & children.
 
Donations will be appreciated. All proceeds will benefit the SAC Charitable Programs.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 30, 2013  -  ACC Annual Christmas Party
 
The Arab American Community & Cultural Center cordially invites you to join us for: The ACC Annual Christmas Party.
 
  Live DJ-Music & Dancing
  Dinner Buffet
  Fun Gaming Tables, 8-11PM:
  Black Jack-Craps-Roulette
  Beverages & Cash Bar . Door and Gaming prizes
  And many other surprises!
 
When: November 30, 2013
Time: 6 P.M. to 12 A.M.
Location: Arab American Community & Cultural Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, 77099
 
Ticket price $50 (includes Dinner Buffet, Live Entertainment, and 2000 Fun Gaming Voucher)
VIP Tickets available at $100 (includes in addition preferred seating and listing in the program)
Kids 12 & Under $15 (includes in addition Babysitting & Games for Kids & Santa Picture)
 
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable
Valet Parking available • Security on premises
 
Proceeds from the event will go toward improvement of the ACC building.
 
For more information & Reservations, please contact the ACC office: events@acchouston.org.
Phone: 832-351-3366/Fax: 832-351-3378
 

 
November 29-December 1, 2013  -  ICNA-MAS South Central Convention
 
Blueprint for a Lasting Legacy
 
When: November 29-December 1, 2013
Location: JW Marriot Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX 77056
 
For more information or to register, visit http://www.icnatexas.org.
 

 
November 25, 2013  -  7th Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
 
Join MAS Katy and West Houston Interfaith Association for the 7th Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service to be held at 3443 Wilcrest Dr. Houston, TX 77042.
 
The carpool will be arranged from the Masjid, leaving after Maghreb prayer.
 
A short speech will be offered by each congregation's leader, followed by snacks and an informal discussion.
 
Please don't forget to bring your own head covering (both men and women), and non-perishable (canned) food items for donations, if possible.
 
For more information: mdmouneimne@gmail.com
 

 
November 23, 2013  -  Mohammad Assaf Concert
 
When: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Time: 7 PM
Location: Crown Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054
 
This event is organized by Farouk Systems and Arabian Stars Entertainment.
 
Ticket purchase is required.
 
Please click here for more information.
 

 
November 21, 2013  -  Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
 
This annual service brings together leaders and members of many faiths to offer prayers of thanksgiving. All are welcome. Free
 
When: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St., Houston, TX 77006
 
For more information or to register, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
November 16, 2013  -  U.S. Citizenship Workshop
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center in collaboration with Catholic Charities and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will conduct a U.S. Citizenship workshop on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 as part of Houston Citizenship Month. This workshop will help those in the Great Houston area with their naturalization process by providing N-400 application assistance, passport photos, and free application consultation from volunteer attorneys, and study materials to prepare for the naturalization interview. This naturalization workshop is part of Houston Citizenship Month, an annual volunteer- driven event that celebrates Houston's civic diversity. During this month, the City of Houston will join other educational, community, faith-based and corporate organizations to host events throughout the city that celebrate the many social and economic contributions and accomplishments of all people who call Houston home.
 
This workshops will be hosted by the Arab American Cultural & Community Center, Catholic Charities and CAIR Texas.
 
Attorneys specializing in citizenship will be present to answer questions.
    
When: Saturday,
November 16, 2013
Time:10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location:
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
For more information and volunteer opportunities, please contact the ACC office at (832) 351-3366.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 9, 2013  -  Fall Carnival: Iman Academy Southwest
 
Food, games, and rides for All Ages!!
 
You are invited to the Iman Academy SW 2013 Fall Carnival! Help us raise money for our facelift/security project and have lots of fun too. Come and experience our moonwalks, water balls, rock climbing and tons of other exciting carnival rides and games!
 
Enjoy popcorn, cotton candy, frozen treats, and halal food galore!
 
ONLY $10 for an unlimited game bracelet at the door!
  
When: November 9, 2013
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Location: 6240 Highway 6 South, Houston, TX 77083
    
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 9, 2013  -  Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner with Dennis Kucinich
 
Please join with other peace and justice advocates and activists at the 2013 Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner.
 
We are pleased to announce that Dennis Kucinich, former Congressman from Ohio and former presidential candidate, has accepted our invitation to accept HPJC's national peacemaker award, and will give the keynote address.
 
The following local peacemakers will also be recognized and will receive awards and tell us about their work:
 
- Francisco (Pancho) Arguelles and Christine Kovic, for their work to help immigrants as well as for Living Hope Wheelchair Association
- Lisa Falkenberg, for her many Houston Chronicle columns that highlight social justice issues that some people in power might prefer that we ignore
- Mustafaa Carroll, for his work for peace and social justice and helping people from different cultures to understand each other better, in his work on the Civil Rights Conference and with the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
  
When:
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time:
6:00pm
Location: Hilton University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77004
   
Event Sponsor(s): Houston Peace and Justice Center
Contact Name: Bill Crosier
Contact Phone: 713-641-4941

  

For more information, visit http://www.hpjc.org/dinner2013.
 

 
November 9, 2013  -  Iqbal Day in Houston for Baluchistan Earthquake Benefit Efforts
 
We Owe Much to Our Children, Elderly, Sisters, and Brothers of Baluchistan!!! Today people of Baluchistan are reeling from the worst 7.8 rector earthquake.
 
Lives Disturbed = 300,000+
Homes Destroyed = 8,000+

Lets' Rebuild their Lives One Family at a Time!!!

Helping Hand For Relief & Development (HHRD) with Several Collaborating Patrons, is bringing the Iqbal Day Baluchistan Earthquake Benefit Dinner (There will be special presentations
on Allama Iqbal, including Iqbal Ka Shaheen, Khudee, and much more).
   
When:
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time:
7:30pm-10:30pm
Location:
Tempura Restaurant (Sugar Land), 16305 Kensington Drive, Sugar Land, 77479
 
TICKETS: $100 Per Person, $1,000 Per Table of Ten Persons
 
(Event is underwritten - All the Ticket Money will go towards Benefiting the Humanity
in Dire Needs, suffering after the Earthquake of Baluchistan
 
Tickets can be purchased On-Line at: https://www.hhrd.org/TicketBaluchistanEQTX.aspx
 
Contact: ILyas Hasan Choudry: 832.275.0786
 

 
November 9, 2013  -  Moroccan Society of Houston Gala 2013
 
Benefitting Moroccan Infants.

For more information, visit www.moroccansocietyofhouston.org/.
  
When:
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 8 pm - 12 am
Location: Hilton Houston Wetchase
   
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 7, 2013  -  Preserving Egypt's Cultural Heritage
 
Ancient Egyptian, Roman, Coptic and Islamic sites further our understanding of the rich cultural history of Egypt. In recent years the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has conducted large-scale preservation and training activities at important archaeological sites throughout Egypt in collaboration with Egyptian colleagues and the Ministry of State for Antiquities. ARCE has also responded to urgent needs in Egypt since the events of January 2011. Working in Egypt since 1948, ARCE supports scholarly research in Egypt in a variety of areas including archaeology, training, site documentation and mapping, and conservation.
 
Dina Aboul Saad will give an overview of ARCE’s archaeological projects and the impact these projects have in Egypt.
  
When: November 7, 2013
Time:
6:30 PM
Location: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston 77030
    
This program is cosponsored by the Egyptian American Society of Houston.
 

 
November 6, 2013iFest LIVE 2013, International Festival & Vendor Fair
 
Mark your calendars for “iFest LIVE 2013”, International Festival & Vendor Fair
 
IFest LIVE 2013, benefiting the Fort Bend Education Foundation, is an event that celebrates the tremendous diversity of cultures in our school district and county by highlighting the many unique traditions, arts, and foods as well as increases awareness for the Foundation and its mission!
 
The festival will offer a feast for the senses as booths from different countries display their cultural traditions, dress and crafts. In addition to the great country booths guests will be entertained by talented artists and students from Fort Bend ISD as well as from a host of regional dance and music schools.
 
Any individuals or business interested in sponsorship, group interested in representing their country or craft/merchant vendors interested in participating should contact the Fort Bend Education Foundation at 281.634.1111 or carol.evans@fortbendisd.com. Spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first-come basis. 
   

When: November 2, 2013
Time:
10:00am-2:00pm
Location:
Constellation Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters
 
Click here for iFest LIVE 2013 Flyer.
 

 
November 6, 2013  -  "DIRTY WARS" Film
 
Film DIRTY WARS (87 minutes) 2013
 
American documentary film based on the book “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” by Jeremy Scahill.
 
Introduction/ Discussion with History Chair and Faculty Dr. Gisela Ables
  

When: November 6, 2013
Time:
12:30pm
Location:
“Eagle Room”, HCC’s Spring Branch Campus, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North Houston, TX 77043
 
For complete 2013 Fall schedule: http://nwc.hccs.edu/reel/schedule/.
 

 
November 6, 2013  -  Women’s Human Rights: A Global Conversation
 
Elisa Massimino
Presented in partnership with Trinity University
 
Women around the world face unique challenges to the full enjoyment of their fundamental rights. Whether they are activists in Cairo, teachers in Afghanistan, teenagers forcibly trafficked into prostitution, or refugees fleeing sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, women are both uniquely vulnerable—and uniquely powerful—in the struggle for human rights. Elisa Massimino leads a conversation focused on why Human Rights First is launching a special initiative on women’s rights to leverage American global leadership. Elisa Massimino is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations. As a national authority on human rights law and policy, she has testified before Congress dozens of times and writes frequently for mainstream publications and specialized journals, including New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She has also been featured on ABC News, NBC Dateline, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, BBC and many other news outlets. Massimino serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches human rights advocacy. A reception on the plaza follows the program.
  
When: November 6, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St., Houston, TX 77006
   
Suggested donation $10  -  To RSVP, please click HERE.
  
For more info, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
November 4, 2013  -  Religion and Violent Conflict: Beyond Tolerance, Toward Peacebuilding
 
Please join the Boniuk Institute for a lecture by leading peace scholar, Professor Scott Appleby. Dr. Appleby is a Professor of History and Director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame, where he studies modern religions and their capacity for both violence and peacebuilding.
     

When: November 4, 2013
Time:
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location:
Rice University, Duncan Hall - McMurtry Auditorium, 6100 Main St., Houston 77005
 
A light reception will follow. This event is open to the public, and we welcome members of the Rice University and broader Houston communities.
 

 
November 2, 2013  -  ACC Arabic School Open House
 
You are cordially invited to attend the ACC ARABIC SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE FALL 2013.
 
Come chat with our highly qualified teachers and visit your child's classroom to see their work and progress!
      

When: November 2, 2013
Time:
12:30 p.m.
Location: ACC, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, TX 77099

 
For more information: Contact Mrs. Asma Ali at houstonrocks2002@yahoo.com.
 

 
October 30, 2013  -  WorldQuest 2013
 
For more information, visit http://www.wachouston.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=365.
 

 
October 27, 2013  -  Interfaith BBQ at Islamic Outreach Center
 
Promoting Understanding through Food, Fun, and Conversation!
  
"Different Faiths, One Family"
 
Partnering Organizations:
  - Windsor Village United Methodist Church
  - Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism
  - Interfaith Ministries
  - Pax Christi
  - Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  - Muslim Council of U.S.A.
  - Islamic Outreach Center (IOC)
 
Activities:
  *BBQ Food
  *Bounce Houses
  *Rock Climbing Wall
  *Children's Trackless Train
  *Games
  *Spoken Word Entertainment
  *And much more!
 

When: October 27, 2013
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Location:
Islamic Outreach Center (IOC), 19025 Wilks Rd. @ Mueschke, Cypress, TX 77433
 

Suggested Food Donation: $10

Please come and participate and get to know one another in an informal and relaxed setting!

Any questions, please feel free to contact:
  Pastor Kimberly Orr @ Windsor Village UMC: 713-723-8187 www.kingdombuilders.com
  Rabbi Steve Gross @ Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism: 713-782-4162 www.hcrj.org
  Junaid Ahmed @ Islamic Outreach Center: 832-275-1883 www.iochouston.org
  
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 26, 2013  -  2013 City Elections: Candidate Bazaar & GOTV Rally
 
In Partnership with the Chinese American Community Center, Filipino American Community Center, and Pakistani American Community Center, The Arab American Cultural & Community Center Hosts Candidate Bazaar & GOTV Rally.
 
2013 City of Houston Elections 10.26.2013
  
ARAB AMERICAN CULTURAL & COMMUNITY CENTER
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Arab Cultural Center, 10555 Stancliff
 
CHINESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Welcome Center, 9180 Bellaire
 
PAKISTANI AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER
Time: 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm
Location: Pakistan Community Center, 12638 Bissonett
 
FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Filipino Viva Cinema, 535 Sharpstown Center
 
EARLY VOTING LOCATION: Bayland Park Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet at Hillcroft
 

 
October 26, 2013  -  Texan Muslims Maryam Islamic Center Eid Carnival
 
FUN + FOOD + FAIR
 
Laser Tag - 4-in-1 Moonwalk - Rockwall - Giant Slide
Dunk Tank - Trackless Train - Super Hero - Wild West Photo Booth
Authentic Food Galore - Vendors Bonanza
 

When: October 26, 2013
Time:
4:00pm until 10:00pm
Location:
Maryam Islamic Center, 504 Sartartia Rd, Sugar Land, Texas 77479-4600
 
 
For more information regarding sponsorship, visit www.MaryamMasjid.org/TexanMuslims,
or contact: Hira Hasan: 832.331.3378 | Madiha Ali: 832.660.4354
 
Grand Sponsors - Guidance Residential LLC | Fadi's Mediterranean Grill
 

Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 24, 2013  -  Impacting Policy & Changing Perceptions: How Grassroots Organizations Can Affect Policymaking
 
For our final MPA event of the year, we are delighted to bring Dr. Trita Parsi, in partnership with the University of Houston's Center for International and Comparative Studies.
 
Dr. Trita Parsi, a renowned expert of Middle East affairs, founder of National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and author of A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran. As an academic, as well as an advocate, Dr. Parsi has been a tireless proponent for diplomatic solutions to Middle East issues, and he will draw on his extensive experience in shaping policy in that region.
 

When: October 24, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:
Hilton University of Houston Hotel & Conference Center, 4800 Calhoun Rd. 77004
   
MPA Members can attend this event at no charge & non-members can attend for $25 by registering in advance. Please consider purchasing or renewing your membership at a special rate of just $99 to attend 5 additional events in 2014.
 
This event is brought to you in partnership with Zenith Real Estate, Avanti Stones, Guidance Residential, & SalamStock.com. We are grateful to our sponsors for their support.
 
To register, visit www.mpahouston.com.
 

 
October 23, 2013  -  Immigration: Dreams and Realities
 
Immigration: Dreams and Realities - Panel Presentation hosted by HCC-Northwest College Government Professors Dr. Veronica Reyna and Ms. Donna Rhea
 
Guest Panelist: Ms. Maria Jimenez Activist in the Latino community for the last forty-seven years, Ms. Jimenez has organized campaigns for social change, has provided concrete support to immigrant workers fight for social justice, and voiced immigrant rights concerns in community and political processes at work locally, nationally and internationally. She is author of the report, Humanitarian Crisis: Migrant Deaths at the US-Mexico Border, and has been a co-participant in efforts to reduce migrant deaths in South Texas with the Houston United Prevention of Migrant Deaths Working Group, Los Angeles Del Desierto and the Texas Civil Rights Project. From 1989 to 2011, Jimenez served on the Board of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and currently serves on the Board of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA). She also participates in the immigrant rights coalition Houston United/Houston Unido.
 

When: October 24, 2013
Time:
12:30pm
Location:
“Eagle Room”, HCC’s Spring Branch Campus, 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway North Houston, TX 77043
 
For complete 2013 Fall schedule: http://nwc.hccs.edu/reel/schedule/.
 

 
October 20, 2013  -  Palestinian American Council Eid Picnic
 
KIDS’ GAMES are FREE
Food and Refreshments are available
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Hookah أرجــــــــــيلة is available
 
  
When: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 3 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, 77099

 
This will be a great day of fun for the entire family.
 
Sponsored by the Palestinian American Council (PAC).  
  
For more information, visit www.pac-usa.org.
 

Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 20, 2013  -  Annual Gala for The Children's Cancer Hospital of Egypt
 
Egypt Cancer Network and Dr. Ezzat Abou Ouf, Egyptian actor and rock musician, request the honor of your presence at the second annual gala of The Children's Cancer Hospital of Egypt 57357. The gala's objective is to raise funds to sponsor a desperately needed 300 bed extension for the hospital. Egypt Cancer Network is a non-profit organization, so your contribution will be tax deductible. The gala is in memory of Ms. Ola Ghabbour, a great humanitarian and co-founder of the children’s hospital. Our guest speaker is Ms. Liz Scott, Founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Mr. Zobeir Al Awty will entertain the guests as he plays his oud. We will have Live Auction Prominent Texas Artists: Wendy Wight, Mona Ghazi, Brad Follis and Tamer Ghoneim.
 

When: October 20, 2013
Time: 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Location: The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027

 
Admission: $200; Cash and checks accepted. Please make checks payable to ECN and mail to Nahla Aboushadi @ 23130 San Salvador Place, Katy TX 77494.
 

 
October 19, 2013  -  MAS Katy Eid Al Adha Carnival
 
Moonwalks, Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Basketball League, Fun Games, Pizza, Beef Brisket, BBQ Chicken, Biryani, Cotton Candy, Pop Corn, and more!
    
When: Saturday,
October 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 19, 2013  -  Eid Festival & Soccer Tournament for Charity
 
Spread the Smiles Eid Festival & Soccer Tournament for Charity
 
It’s back…and its bigger than ever! Bring your family and friends and come join Maram Foundation and Shaam Relief Foundation who have partnered together for this year’s Spread the Smiles Eid Festival for Charity 2013 benefitting the children of the Syrian crisis*. Enjoy a day of fun, delicious food and a great time knowing that you are helping to Spread the Smiles to Syrian children in need.
 
This year’s highlights include: Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Moonwalks, Soccer Tournament, Tarneeb Contest, Laser Tag, Water Balls, Face Painting & Balloon Making, Popcorn, Cotton Candy & Sno-Cones, Bake Sale, Carnival Games, Raffles and great prizes, A wide variety of delicious food & desserts, And much, much more!!
   

When: October 19, 2013
Time: 1 pm - 7 pm
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, 77099
 
ADVANCE TICKETS (ends 10/28 @ 10pm): Adults: $10, Kids (2-12): $5
AT DOOR: Adults: $15, Kids: $10
 
*Proceeds from this event will provide school supplies and toys to thousands of Syrian refugee and internally displaced children in need.
 
** All OUTDOOR GAMES & ACTIVITIES will begin to SHUT DOWN at 6pm (before dark)
*** SOCCER TOURNAMENT begins PROMPTLY @ 2pm
 
Click HERE to register. Don’t miss out! Register today!

  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 19, 2013  -  Houston ADHA Dinner Celebration
 
The American Druze Society Kindly invites you to the ADHA 2013 Dinner Celebration "Celebrating The Eid with Friends & Family". 
    
When: October 19, 2013
Time:
7:00 PM until 12:00
Location:
The Sheraton Suites, 2400 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027
 

This event is being subsidized by The ADS Houston Chapter.
 
The reduced costs of the tickets are Adults (13 & above) $25.00, Kids (4 to 12) $15.00, Children (0 to 3) FREE
 
RSVP & Payment by October 14th 2013

No Tickets will be sold at the door
 
If you have any questions, please contact Souheil Ghaoui (
713-412-5440) or Diana Cocab (832-651-4290).
 
http://www.druze.com/event/Adha2013
 

 
October 17, 2013  -  The Fight for Public Education
 
Brian Jones and Hany Khalil, moderated by Juliet Stipeche
 
Public education in the United States is undergoing a profound transformation, driven by privatization and high-stakes testing. There is considerable evidence that these reforms are deepening educational inequalities, including racial inequalities, narrowing the scope of teaching and learning, and rationing services and resources for the neediest students, such as cutting art and physical education classes. National activist Brian Jones and local educator Hany Khalil discuss what this transformation means for Houston’s public education system, and examine the influence of the corporate education reform agenda, moderated by Juliet Stipeche. Brian Jones is an educator and activist in New York who has co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman and contributed to the book, Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation. Hany Khalil is a Houston-based social studies teacher and organizer. He co-founded Community Voices for Public Education (CVPE), a grassroots organization of parents, educators, students, and community members working together to strengthen Houston’s public school system so that all children have access to a high quality public education. Juliet Stipeche is a civil litigation attorney and a certified mediator. She was elected as the HISD Trustee of District VIII in 2010 and was re-elected in 2011 to serve a full four-year term and presently serves as the Board’s First Vice President. In the summer of 2013, Juliet joined Rice University as Associate Director for the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity and remains at the law firm of Nagorny & Stipeche, P.C. A reception on the plaza follows the program.
  
When: October 17, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St., Houston, TX 77006
   
Suggested donation $10  -  To RSVP, please click HERE.
  
For more info, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
October 15, 2013  -  Eid ul Adha
 
Eid Mubarak!
 

 
October 14, 2013  -  Beyond Zionism: Miko Peled on Hope for Peace in Palestine-Israel
 
The University of Houston chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine invites you to hear the compelling story of Miko Peled, an Israeli human rights activist working for justice and equality for both Palestinians and Israelis.
 
Peled was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a family intimately tied to Israel's history. His maternal grandfather was a signatory of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and became a brigadier-general, emerging as a national Israeli hero. He later regretted his role in the 1967 war, became a Knesset Member for a left-wing Arab-Jewish political party, and dedicated the final decades of his life to promoting a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
Peled's family are no strangers to the violence of the past decades between Israelis and Palestinians: his niece Smadar (14) was killed in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Her mother, Nurit Peled, blamed the bombing on the despair engendered among Palestinians by Israel's decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territories. The tragedy prompted Miko Peled to delve further into the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, spend time with Palestinians in the occupied territories and abroad, and explore potential solutions.
 
His personal reflections will provide students with food for thought, regardless of their own convictions about how best to resolve the conflict.
 
When: October 14, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Location: University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business - Melcher Hall, Room 150
  
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session after which Mr. Peled will sign copies of his book, The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

Copies of the book will be available for $17.

SJP T-Shirts will also be available for sale for $15.

Refreshments will be served.
  
 
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/sjpuh.
 

 
October 12-13, 2013  -  Annual Houston TurkishFest
 
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Turkish Festival. Enjoy Turkish cuisine, music, folk dancing & belly dancing along with live stage performances. Additionally, there will be presentations covering tourist & historical sites in Turkey as well as early Christian history and churches.
 
There will also be many activities for the kids to participate in, so bring the whole family for a glimpse of the ancient and modern wonders of Turkey.
  
When: Saturday, October 12 to Sunday, October 13, 2013
Location: Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana Street, Houston
 
Please join us for this weekend celebration of Turkish culture!
 
This event is organized by the American Turkish Association.
 
 
For more information, visit www.turkishfesthouston.com.
 

 
October 8, 2013  -  Peace Building through Art and Dialogue
 
Mai Shbeta, Jwana Ghaleb, Shirit Milikovski, Dottie Indyke, Creativity for Peace
 
Art and dialogue are powerful mediums that can transform hearts and minds, even those of supposed enemies. Creativity for Peace uses art to give young Israeli and Palestinian women a language to communicate their shared fears, pain, and begin healing and peace-building. Israeli Mai Shbeta, Palestinian Jwana Ghaleb, and Israeli Shirit Milikovski are senior leaders with Creativity for Peace, a New Mexico nonprofit with operations in Israel and Palestine. They explore the transformations that they have undergone in the years they have been involved with the organization, their ongoing struggles with and passion for peace-building, and their dreams for a future of peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. Creativity for Peace Executive Director Dottie Indyke joins them. A reception on the plaza follows the program.
 
When: October 8, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St., Houston, TX 77006
  
Suggested donation $10  -  To RSVP, please click HERE.
 
For more info, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
October 3-6, 2013  -  The Original Greek Festival
 
Come and join The Original Greek Festival.
 
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - October 3-6, 2013
Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex, Near downtown and the Museum District, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
 
    
For more information, visit www.greekfestival.org.
 

 
October 5, 2013  -  ACC Annual Unity and Friendship Gala
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center’s Twentieth Anniversary Celebration Gala ”United We Shape Our Future” Honoring:
 
Dr. Hazim J. Safi, Professor and Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Texas Medical School, 2013 ACC Outstanding Community Service Award
 
Mr. Ahmed Alzayyat, President of Aramco Services Company, 2013 ACC Lifetime Achievement Award
 
Schlumberger, 2013 ACC Corporate Award
 
Highlighting Egyptian culture and people
 
Gala Chairs: Dr. Rudeina A. Baasiri and Mrs. Miral Omar
 
When: Saturday October 5, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Omni Hotel, 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056
  
For more information contact: gala@acchouston.org
   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 1, 2013  -  Polling in Egypt: Institutions, leadership and society
 
By James J. Zoby
 
Between April 4th and May 12th, 2013, Zogby Research Services conducted a face-to-face poll of 5,029 Egyptian adults nationwide. The poll covered attitudes toward former President Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Arab Spring. What level of confidence do Egyptians have in their institutions and current leaders? What do Egyptians see as the path forward?
 
Dr. James J. Zogby is the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a Washington D.C.-based organization which serves as the political and policy research arm of the Arab American community. He is also Managing Director of Zogby Research Services, which specializes in public opinion polling across the Arab world. Zogby is a visiting professor of Social Research and Public Polling at New York University in Abu Dhabi. A lecturer and scholar on Middle East issues, U.S.-Arab relations, and the history of the Arab American community, Dr. Zogby appears frequently on television and radio. He has appeared as a regular guest on all the major network news programs and is a featured blogger on The Huffington Post.
  
When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location:  Junior League 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX
  
     
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
    
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
September 28, 2013  -  "White House to Hillcroft: Immigration Reform, Race Relations & The South Asian Community"
 
Daya's 2013 Annual Seminar: "White House to Hillcroft: Immigration Reform, Race Relations & The South Asian Community"
 
Featured Speaker: Deepa Iyer, Executive Director, SAALT (South Asian American Leading Together)
  
Panelists include:
  Wafa Abdin - Catholic Charities
  Cherry Steinwender - Center for Healing Racism
  Gordon Quan - Co-Chair FosterQuan, Former Mayor pro-tem of City of Houston
  Damaris Nicholson - Department of Family & Protective Services
 
Event moderated by Mustafa Tameez
 
When: September 28, 2013
Time: 8:30AM - 1:30PM
Location: Hilton Southwest, 6780 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074
 
Free seminar Breakfast and lunch provided
 
Pre-registration required: Phone: 713-981-7645; Email: contact@dayahouston.org; www.dayahouston.org
 

 
September 27, 2013  -  Im Hussein Jubilee Show
 
Fall 2013 USA & Canada Tour

When: September 27, 2013
Time: 8 pm
Location: Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford TX 77477
 
For more information, visit www.ImHussein.com.
 

 
September 25, 2013  -  Mayoral Candidates Town Hall Forum at ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center (the “ACC”) is sponsoring a Mayoral Candidates Town Hall Forum on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. which will be held at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center located at 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston, Texas 77099.
 
Candidates for mayor, Ben Hall and Annise Parker, have agreed to participate in the town hall meeting at the ACC. Both candidates will address the audience and the audience will have the opportunity and access to ask the candidates questions. Ben Hall will address the forum beginning at 6:30 p.m.; while Annise Parker will address the forum at 8:00 p.m. that evening.
 
The purpose of Mayoral Candidates Town Hall Forum is to give mayoral candidates an opportunity to address a wide range of issues that affect Houston and the Arab-American community at large, as well as inform local citizens about the candidates running for the Office of Mayor.

The Arab-American community is a vital part of Houston. The most recent estimates show that there are more than 150,000 Arab-Americans throughout the greater Houston area. As all Houstonians, we see the 2013 mayoral election as an excellent opportunity in our democracy and the September 25th town hall forum as a great platform for our community to participate in a dialogue with our local leaders to discuss issues facing all Houstonians including Arab-American voters.

This is an open event at the ACC so please pass along information about this important event to others.
 
For more information and other inquiries, please contact the ACC office at (832) 351-3366.

Disclaimer: The ACC is a nonprofit, nonpolitical and non-religious institution with the sole mission to serve the Arab-American community through cultural programs, outreach and social services, promoting Arab heritage, and fostering a greater understanding of the Arab culture amongst the Houston community at large by serving as a liaison and resource center
.
 

 
September 24, 2013  -  Shine a Light On Human Trafficking
 
ACC To Host Shine a Light On Human Trafficking
  
On September 24 from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm, the city of Houston is organizing a human trafficking event “Shine a Light on Human Trafficking”. You may have vaguely heard of human trafficking but would have thought it is a problem other countries. The sad reality though is that human trafficking occurs right here in the United States. So what is human trafficking?
 
Human Trafficking is...
• A market-driven, criminal industry fueled by demand for labor, services and commercial sex acts.
• Victims are forced, defrauded and/or coerced to supply services, labor, or sex.
• It does not necessarily imply movement or transportation but rather the buying and selling of people.
• Human trafficking is a human rights issue that affects all men, women and children both US citizens and foreign-born.
 
There will be approximately 28 gatherings in the greater Houston area - one of which is the Arab-American Cultural and Community Center. The main event will take place at City Hall, where the Mayor, Chief of Police, Harris County Sheriff, and District Attorney will speak about the problem of Human Trafficking in Houston and around the world. The event will be simulcast to the gathering at the Center where we will view the simulcast from City Hall. We encourage you to attend and spread the word to put an end on this injustice.
 
"You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know."
William Wilberforce
Abolitionist, 1759-18339
   
When:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
 
For more information, please email: webmaster@acchouston.org.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 15, 2013  -  Music & Folkloric Performance by Al Hannouneh Society
 
Al Hannouneh Society for Popular Culture, a performance of music, dance, and storytelling by one of the most acclaimed Palestinian folkloric societies in the Arab world is coming to Houston.
 
Join us for a performance by renowned traditional folkloric group Al Hannouneh Society for Popular Culture. Specializing in dramatic choreography, music and dabke dance, Al Hannouneh seeks to preserve Palestinian culture and identity through artistic expression. Their performance in Montclair, New Jersey will be the first stop on an eight-city tour in the United States, including Alexandria, Virginia, Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina, Richardson and Houston in Texas, and Downey and San Diego in California.
  
When: September 15, 2013
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun, Houston, TX 77204
  
For Parking and Driving Directions, please visit: http://www.uh.edu/cph/getting.htm.
 
Al Hannouneh is one of the most esteemed traditional dance groups in the Arab world. Formed in 1993 as a cultural response to the threat of the loss of identity among Palestinian youth, Al Hannouneh has dedicated itself to preserving the cultural heritage of the Palestinian people both in Palestine and in the diaspora. It is driven to teach and train the youth about their own cultural heritage, particularly through dabke dance, Arabic music and dramatic choreography that tells the Palestinian narrative through artistic expression. Al Hannouneh also functions as a cultural society that preserves craft forms such as traditional dress embroidery with its many creative variations based on village of origin.
 
Click here to purchase tickets!
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 14, 2013  -  African Diaspora and Racism in the Americas and the Carribean
 
A presentation by Mr. Jesus Garcia, Venezuela’s former Ambassador to Angola
 
Mr. Jesus Garcia is a well-known AfroVenezuelan writer, researcher, activist and diplomat. He has written more than 700 articles and 20 books on the various subjects relating to the issues of the African origins, African Cultural diaspora and racism. He has preformed valuable and extensive research on the thoughts of African leaders such as Amilcar Cabral (Guinea Bissau), Sekou Toure (Guinea), Patrice Lumumba (Congo Democratic Republic), Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso), Jomo Kenyatta (Kenya) Augustino Neto (Angola), Samora Machel (Mozambique) and Julius Nyerere (Tanzania).
 
Reflective of the many social contributions that illustrate the aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Heritage Society is proud to present the Honorable Ambassador Garcia
as key note speaker
 
This program is organized by the Black Heritage Society and friends to celebrate the lives of two extraordinary leaders of the Black and Palestinian communities; Brother Ester King and Abo Obaydah.
 
Join us for a night of African History, Venezuelan Music and Delicious Persian Cuisine.
    
When:
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time:
6 to 9 pm
Location:
S.H.A.P.E Community Center, 3903 Almeda Rd., Houston, Texas 77004
 
This event is free of charge and OPEN TO ALL.
 
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 10, 2013  -  Fady Joudah - ALIGHT
 
Fady Joudah will be reading from his newest collection, "Alight".
 
The poems in "Alight" alternate between the estranging familial and strangely familiar, between burning and illumination. As father, husband, and physician, Fady Joudah gives children and vulnerable others voice in this hauntingly lyrical collection, where, with quiet ferociousness, one's self can be reclaimed from suffering's grip over mind and spirit.
 
Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American poet, translator, and physician of internal medicine. He received his medical training from the Medical College of Georgia and University of Texas, and served with Doctors Without Borders in 2002 and 2005. His first book, The Earth in the Attic, won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, judged by Louise Gluck. In 2010 he received a PEN translation award for his translations of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
 
 
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location:  Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, Texas 77005
 

 
September 10, 2013  -  Navigating Through Ethical Dilemmas
 
MPA is delighted to welcome Dr. Azam Kundi, a leader in Houston's medical community, to discuss ways in which we can navigate ethical challenges. He holds a unique vantage point as a highly acclaimed medical doctor, as well as a member of the leadership team at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, one of Houston's largest and fastest growing healthcare providers. Dr. Kundi will discuss examples of ethical challenges he has come across and ways in which we can resolve them in a win-win situation.
 
When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 6pm
Location:  Embassy Suites, 11730 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079
 

MPA Members can attend this event at no charge & non-members can attend for $25 by registering in advance.
 
To register or for more information, visit www.mpahouston.com.
 

 
September 7, 2013  -  "No War With Syria" Rally
 
Anti-war Rally
 
When: September 7, 2013
Time: 5-8 pm
Location: Post Oak and Westhiemer (Galleria area), Houston
 
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 7, 2013  -  Economic Justice Conference
 
HPJC's annual conference will focus on economic justice issues this year, and is being co-sponsored by the Student Government Association at the University of Houston. Registration is free for students and anyone else who cannot afford to pay. Others may pay what they can - no one will be turned away. The recommended registration fee is $20 for those who can afford it, and additional contributions are welcome to help cover expenses for students. The conference will be at the Hilton Hotel at the University of Houston.
 
The keynote speaker will be Dean Baker, who is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC http://www.cepr.net.
 
When: September 7, 2013
Time:
8:00am - 5:30pm
Location:
Hilton Hotel at the University of Houston
 

Planned conference workshop topics include: Living Sustainably, Workers’ Rights, Inspiration for Activists, Health Care, Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, Cooperatives, Womens' Economic Issues, Students', Economic Justice Issues, Community Organizing for Immigrants' Rights, Zapatismo and Latin American Anti-Capitalism
  
Conference Goals include:
Engage young people in the struggle for economic justice
Educate and equip participants with tools for doing economic justice work
Create a participatory learning space (as opposed to solely lecture based format)
Pull together diverse racial and ethnic groups working on economic justice issues
Analyze the current local context of power relations that we are working within
 
Event Sponsor(s): Houston Peace and Justice Center and the UH Student Government Association
      
KPFT, 90.1 in Houston is the media sponsor for the conference!
 
For more information, visit http://www.hpjc.org/conference2013.
 

 
September 7, 2013  -  Ancient Sounds: Iraq Meets India
 
‘Ancient Sounds’ brings together two distinguished ancient musical cultures of the world, Iraq and India, in a string quintet featuring Iraq’s foremost Oud player, Rahim AlHaj, two fabulous Sarod players of India, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, the middle-eastern percussionist Isaa Malluf, and India’s World Music tabla genius Abhijit Banerjee.
 
Oud, with the written history of 5,000 years, is considered the grandfather of all stringed instruments. Sarod, a melodious string instrument of India, like all string instruments, traces its origins to Oud. In this concert the master musicians present the music of the CD Ancient Sounds which was nominated in 2010 for a Grammy in the Best Traditional World Music category.
 
Rahim AlHaj’s music is ‘constantly fascinating’ according to the Los Angeles Times. Equally fascinating is his personal story of Iraqi origin, his activism against injustice in Iraqi society under the Baathist regime, his struggle and migration to the US as political refugee in pursuit of freedom, and his voice for the voiceless!
 
When: September 7, 2013
Time: 8pm
Location: Cullen Theater at Wortham Center, 501 Texas St., Houston, TX 77002
 
 
A string quintet uniquely showcasing the confluence of two of the most ancient musical cultures in the world!
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 31, 2013  -  No War With Syria Rally
 
The “No War With Syria” movement denounces the United States Government's complete disregard for the will of the American people as reflected in the government's decision to start yet another war. The movement in no way support the actions of the Assad regime, but we recognize that US intervention will instigate more violence and suffering in Syria. As the U.S. is already hurting from a recession and perpetual wars, becoming involved in Syria will only create further destabilization in the Middle East and strip the people of the United States of desperately needed resources. The “No War With Syria” movement recognizes that the only the American people can stop U.S. intrusion in the Middle East, just as only the people of the Middle East can stop their own internal struggles.
 
We call on every American to join us in saying no to yet another U.S. invasion. We recognize that peace cannot be reached through bombs, drone attacks, and murder; peace is created through compassion and forgiveness, which must come from within. Please join us this Saturday as the American people gather across the country to begin a campaign to stop the United States government from invading Syria.
 
When: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: 12 noon
Location: Westheimer and Post Oak (Galleria)
 

We will be meeting at Westheimer and Post Oak (on the Starbucks side) at noon. BRING SIGNS, BRING YOUR VOICES & LET OUR GOV'T KNOW... NO WAR W/SYRIA!
 
For more info, click here.
 

 
August 31, 2013  -  Rally Calling for Action to End Bloodshed and Stand Against Chemical Weapons
 
Syrian Houstonians Join Rally Calling for Action to End Bloodshed and Stand Against Chemical Weapons
 
The Houston Syrian community, the Syrian American Council and Texans for Free Syria will be joining together for a peaceful rally asking for the Obama Administration to take action in Syria to end the bloodshed. Moreover, the rally is to express outrage over the use of chemical weapons in Damascus by the Assad regime. At present, casualty figures indicate that at least 1,600 Syrians have been killed, while thousands more have been seriously affected by the attacks. Independent investigations about the chemical weapons attack indicate that victims demonstrated symptoms associated the exposure to sarin gas, including asphyxiation, muscle spasms, excessive salivating, and myosis.
 
This event is scheduled to occur at the same time and location as the "No War in Syria" rally. The Syrian Houston community would like the rally to serve as an educational resource about the dire circumstances and why action in Syria is needed. Many Syrians joining the protest have lost family members and have been personally affected.
 
What: Call for Action to End Bloodshed and Stand Against Chemical Weapons
When: Saturday August 31, 2013 at 12 PM
Where: Cross streets of Post Oak and Westheimer Street, Houston, Texas (Galleria area)
 
Contact: Syrian American Council-Houston Chapter Media Relations Officer Shiyam Galyon, Email: shiyamgalyon@gmail.com, Phone: (281) 777-3979. Texans for Free Syria: Omar Shishakly, Email: foxomar1@yahoo.com, Phone: 832-858-0955.
 

 
August 30, 2013 - Demonstration for Humanity & Democracy in Egypt
 
"The Egyptian Americans for Democracy & Human Rights" is organizing a peaceful demonstration, to denounce the use of deadly force against the pro-democracy demonstrators in Egypt, and the burning of places of worship, including churches.
   
When: Friday, August 30, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Post Oak and Westheimer (Galleria area)
 
For more information one can reach:

Br. Hesham Ebaid: 713.875.8851
Dr. Tarek Hussein: 832. 794-3516
Dr. Khaled ELsayes 734.660.5954

Or visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/361868490583059/.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 28, 2013  -  Community Conversation on the State of MLK's Dream
 
Dreams of the Beloved Community

A Community Conversation on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Great March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech
 
When: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St., Houston, TX 77006
 
Suggested donation $10  -  To RSVP, please click HERE.

Fifty years ago, on August 28, 1968, hundreds of thousands of people marched for civil and economic rights under the theme "jobs and freedom." Do you remember the March? Were you there?

One of the largest demonstrations for human rights in United States' history, it was the occasion on which Dr. King delivered his passionate I Have a Dream speech. To commemorate this historic moment, the Rothko Chapel convenes a community conversation on the current state of MLK's dream.

What do you think of the state of Dr. King's dream for the beloved community in Houston, and the United States? What can we do individually and collectively to support the dream? Do we need a new dream?

Moderated by nationally recognized diversity trainer and author, Tracy Brown, this is an opportunity to collectively reflect on our deepest aspirations. The evening begins by listening to Dr. King's historic address in full and is followed by a facilitated discussion that draws on Tracy Brown's extensive professional experience leading transformational conversations.

All are welcome. A reception on the plaza follows the program.

Please note, Dr. King's speech will also play throughout the day at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm.
 
For more info, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
August 24, 2013  -  Action on the Dream for a Just Immigration Reform Community Town Hall Meeting
 
In Solidarity with the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
 
Action on the Dream for a Just Immigration Reform Community Town Hall Meeting
 
Open to ALL- come share your story in Spanish or English (bilingual event). 4 main topics on proposed immigration bills to be presented:
 
 - How possible is the path to citizenship? Who will be left out?
 - E-Verify- How will it affect workers?
 - Family Reunification- How to reunite families separated by deportation or by the border?
 - Border Issues- How will border residents and migrants be affected by border militarization?
   
When:
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: Magnolia Multi Service Ctr, 7037 Capitol, 77011 (near 71 St. and Harrisburg)
 
STAND UP! SPEAK OUT!
Houston United
   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 23, 2013  -  Walk & Rally for Humanity & Democracy in Egypt
 
The Egyptian Americans for Democracy & Human Rights is organizing a peaceful walk and rally, to denounce the use of deadly force against the pro-democracy demonstrators in Egypt, and the burning of places of worship, including churches.
 
Several Houstonian community members and people will be coming from across Texas, on Friday, August 23, 2013, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST, in front of the City Hall.
  
Youth from Houston will be making presentations, appealing to all the people of conscience, to come forward and save the humanity & democracy in Egypt.
 
Several hundred balloons are expected to be released to show solidarity towards the wounded humanity and democracy in Egypt.
 

When: Friday
, August 23, 2013
Time:
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002
(Walk around the City Hall along Walker, Bagby, McKinney, and Smith)
 

For more information one can reach:
Br. Hesham Ebaid: 281.717.4622 / 713.875.8851
Dr. Tarek Hussein: (832) 794-3516
Dr. Khaled ELsayes 734.660.5954
  
 
For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/361868490583059/.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 14, 2013  -  The Next Step for Egypt
 
The Next Step for Egypt: Securing Good Governance and Building Economic Growth
By Mohamed El Dahshan, Ain-Shams University, Cairo
 
Egypt needs jobs, a great diversity of jobs, for people across society and with different skill levels. But the economic and political structure does not appear particularly conducive to individual economic initiative. The country ranks No. 96 in the Index of Economic Freedom (out of 179 states), and No. 94 in the Doing Business rankings (out of 183 countries). As measured by the World Bank, Egypt's "entry density" (new ventures registered per 1,000 people of working age) is 0.13, meaning it has among the lowest start-up rates in the world. What must Egypt do now to create stability and economic growth for its people?
 
Mohamed El Dahshan is a professor of Development Economics at Ain-Shams University in Cairo. He is also an international development consultant and works with organizations such as the African Development Bank, UNDP, and the World Bank. Dr. El Dahshan works with national governments and research centers on issues of private sector development and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on post-conflict countries. He is an award winning writer and journalist and his work has been published in Foreign Policy Magazine, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Guardian, Yale Global, Al-Masry Al-Youm, The Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Hurriyet Daily News, among many others.
 

When: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
Location: Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
     
Members: Free, Non-Members: $20
 
Registration details: www.wachouston.org/Egypt
Please respond in advance at: rsvp@wachouston.org or (713) 522-7811
.
 

 
August 11, 2013  -  Moroccan Society of Houston Eid Al-Fitr Celebration
 
The Moroccan Society of Houston is inviting you to a day of festivities as we celebrate Eid Al-Fitr.
 
Food, music, games, and prizes.. and a lot of fun.
   
When: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Time: 12 pm - 6 pm
Location: ACC, 10555 Stancliff Rd Houston, TX 77099
 
Bring your kids and family to celebrate with our Moroccan members, and members from the our community.
 
to purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.moroccansocietyofhouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 11, 2013  -  Eid Fest 2013
 
Petting Zoo, Rockwall, Moonwalks, Pony Rides, Basketball, Train Rides, Mehndi/Henna, Dunk Tank, and more!
     
When: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Masjid Hamza/Mission Bend,
 
Free Admission/Free Rides!
 
Click here for more information/event flyer.
 

 
August 10, 2013  -  Syrian American Club Eid Al-Fitr Luncheon
 
Bring your family and friends and join us for Eid Luncheon.

Photo Booth, Magician, DJ, Face Painting, Tons of candy
   
When: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Texas Safari Ranch, San Antonio Room, 11627 FM 1464 Rd., Richmond, TX 77407
 
Adults: $30 Members, $20 Non-Members
Children under 4: Free
 
RSVP is required by Wednesday, August 6, 2013. Call Al-Sham Center (713) 266-5577 OR Click Here.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 10, 2013  -  MAS Katy Eid Carnival
 
Moonwalks, Air slides, Rock Climb, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Laser Tag, Face Painting, Volley Ball/Basketball, Fun Games, Halal BBQ, Pizza, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Soft Drinks, Islamic Bazaar
    
When: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1800 Baker Road, Houston, TX 77094
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 9, 2013  -  Eid al-Fitr to be Celebrated at Four Seasons
 
Eid al-Fitr to be Celebrated at Four Seasons on Aug. 9
Hotel’s Moroccan Chef Hassan Obaye creates End of Ramadan Dinner
 
At the end of Ramadan, the greatest religious observance in Islam and an annual month of fasting each day from sunrise until sunset, there comes Eid al-Fitr, known as the Festival of Fast-Breaking.
 
This year, that festival comes to the downtown Four Seasons Houston Hotel on Friday, August 9, when Moroccan-born Banquet Chef Hassan Obaye creates a sumptuous Middle Eastern feast to commemorate the holiday. Fun for the entire family, the buffet feast, to be held in the hotel’s ballroom, begins at 7 p.m. with live entertainment from Mohamed Hadrous, who plays the nay. The cost is $70 for adults, $33 for children 12 and under, plus tax and gratuity.
 
Date: Friday, August 9, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: Location: Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010
 
Included in the celebratory event will be Chermoula Salmon, ‘Rass El Hanout’ Rubbed Lamb and a wide selection of popular mezzes.
 
For reservations, visit www.quattrorestauranthouston.com or call 713-276-4700.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 8, 2013  -  ISGH Announces Salat for Eid ul Fitr
 
As announced by Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), Salat for Eid ul Fitr will be on:

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013
Time: Takbeerat: 9:30 AM | Salat: 10:00 AM
Location: Reliant Center - Exhibit Hall E, 8400 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77054
 
Zakat-ul-Fitr $8 Per Person is due before the Salat.
 
For more information, visit www.isgh.org.
 

 
August 3, 2013  -  Amaanah Rock the Block 2013
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center, in collaboration with Amaanah Refugee Services, will host Day One of Amaanah's Rock the Block 2013 refugee food distribution event on Saturday, August 3. Since its start Rock the Block has grown to an annual food distribution event that reaches more than 1000 refugees of all religions. More than 100 like-minded volunteers of different backgrounds gather on that day and work together for the same cause. This builds an amazing sense of community. Some people unload trucks full with cereal, sugar, rice, pasta, etc. while others pack these items into separate bags. Once this hard work is over, everyone hits the road to distribute the food to refugee families. "There is nothing like seeing the face of a person who receives food from you," said one of the volunteers. "Kids run around with excitement and parents are deeply touched."'
 
When: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: ACC, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, TX 77099
    
For more information, contact Amaanah Refugee Services at 713.370.3063, email info@refugeelink.com, or sign up at http://www.refugeelink.com.
 

 
August 2, 2013  -  International Day of Quds
 
Al-Quds is Arabic for Jerusalem and its environs, the Holy Land. Yaum Al-Quds or Al-Quds Day is a day of solidarity with the oppressed innocent civilian Palestinians in their struggle against the racist oppressive Zionist-Apartheid system of Israel and a day of protest against the occupation of the grand historic Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Zionist regime. Al-Quds Day also extends beyond Palestine to support all innocent and oppressed people in their struggles across the world. All over the world seminars, rallies and marches are held on this day, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadhan in order to pledge solidarity with those seeking peace through justice.
   
Speakers include: Rabbi from Neturei Karta, Rev Ronnie Lister, Sheikh Shabbiri, Students and Activists.
 
When: Fri
day, August 2, 2013
Time: 3:30 pm - 6 p.m.
Location: Westheimer @ Post Oak (Galleria Area), Houston
    
Organized by Al-Quds Committee. For more info, visit www.freealquds.org.
 

Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 31, 2013  -   Interfaith Iftar Dinner
 
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Greater Houston Cordially invites you to our INTERFAITH IFTAR DINNER.
 
Topic will be presented on Fasting - Shared Traditions of Sacrifice and Worship
by scholars from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faith traditions.
 
 
Speakers:
Islam: Dr Bilal Rana (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community)
Judaism: Rabbi Laura Sheinkopf (Congregation Jewish Community North)
Christianity: Deacon Robert J. Hesse, Ph.D. (Deacon Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston)
 
Followed by Q & A session, tour of the Mosque & dinner.
        
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Time: 6:45 pm
Location: Masjid Baitus Samee, 1333 Spears Rd, Houston TX 77067
  
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP: Events.Hus@Ahmadiyya.us, 713.550.7755
 
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 28, 2013  -  Helping Hand For Relief & Development Fundraiser for Syria
 
The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said "Do you know what Allah SWT says about Shâm (Syria)? Verily, Allah SWT said: O Shâm: You are the perfect example of My lands and I shall inhabit you with the chosen ones among My servants."
 
Join Helping Hand for Relief and Development for a fundraising iftar to benefit the millions suffering inside of Syria with special guest speakers... Dr. Main al Qudah & Shaykh Gyasi McKinzie!
    
When: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Time: 6 pm
Location: The Admiral at Endeavour Marina, 3101 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, TX 77586
 
CONTACT:
  Abdullah Shaikh (504) 648-7789
  Ilyas Choudry (832) 275-0786
  Amal Nabhan (832) 526-9905
  Abdullah Elasmar (832) 518-7050
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 27, 2013  -  Community Outreach Iftar with your Neighbors
 
The Muslim American Society (MAS) in Katy would like to cordially invite you for Ramadan iftar/dinner. Every year at MAS, we celebrate holy month of Ramadan together, and we invite the rest of our neighborhood to come and dine with us. It is a great opportunity to see what the Muslim community is truly all about.
 
We would be honored if you joined us on this occasion. There will be a short presentation on Islam and Ramadan prior to the Dinner. We hope that you will be able to make it, so we can build bridges of communication and strengthen our relationships.
   
When: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Where: MAS Katy, 1800 Baker Rd., Houston, TX 77094
Time: 7:30 pm - 9 pm

 
For more information, visit www.maskaty.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 27, 2013  -  "Houston Iftar" Annual Ramadan Dinner with Mayor Annise Parker
 
Abu Dhabi, Baku, Istanbul & Karachi Sister City Associations Along with all Collaborating Organizations cordially invite you to attend the "Houston Iftar" Annual Ramadan Dinner 2013. Keynote address by Mayor Annise Parker, City of Houston.
   
When: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Where: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, TX 77045
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
 
    6:00 p.m. - Gates Open
     6:30 p.m. - Program
     8:21 p.m. - Iftar and Prayers
     8:45 p.m. - Dinner

COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS: Alnoor Institue of Islamic Sciences, American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI), Bangladesh Association Houston, Bilateral U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce, Council on American Islamic Relations of Houston (CAIR), Clear Lake Islamic Center, Dawoodi Bohra Masjid, Greater Houston Retailer Cooperative Association (GHRA), Hashoo Foundation, House of Charity, His Highness the Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States, Houston Shifa Services Foundation (HSSF), Ibn Sina Foundation, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Institute of Interfaith Dialogue (I I D), Indian Muslims Association of Greater Houston, Muslim Council of USA, Pakistan Chamber of Commerce -USA (PCC-USA), Pakistan Association of Golden Triangle (PAGT), Pakistani American Council of Texas (PACT), Pakistan American Society of Texas (PAST), Raindrop Turkish Center, Risala Foundation, Rupani Foundation, South Asian Chamber of Chamber (SACC), Sun Charity-USA, Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), Texas Turkish Chamber of Commerce (TTCC), The Arab American Cultural & Community Center, University of Karachi Alumni Association of Houston 
 
Contact: Houston Iftar Organizing Committee, 281-948-1840 , 713-480-6566, info@houstoniftar.org

For more information, visit www.houstoniftar.org.
 

 
July 27, 2013  -   Maram Foundation Ramadodgeball
 
Come join Ramadodgeball, the SoCal craze that's coming to Houston for the first time ever! It's the all-night dodgeball tournament and suhoor for charity. 100% of proceeds provide humanitarian aid to Syria.
 
When: Sunday, July 28, 2013
Time: 11pm - 5:30am
Location: Southwest Indoor Soccer, 12950 Sugar Ridge Blvd, Stafford, TX 77477
 

Get your SPECTATOR tickets today to come watch the sold-out teams play and cheer them on to victory! Your tickets include snacks, suhoor, desserts, hot & cold beverages, and a great time for an even greater cause.
 
Don't delay because tickets are $15 online but will be $25 at-the-door. Tell your friends, you don't want to miss out on this EPIC event!
 
Tickets available at: www.ramadodgeballtx.com or www.maramfoundation.org.
 

 
July 26, 2013  -  Iman Academy Southwest Iftar Dinner
 
Iman Academy Southwest Iftar Facelift Dinner: Raising Funds for the Facelift/Security Initiative (Zakat Eligible/Tax Deductible)
 
Guest Speaker: Imam Wazir Ali
  
When: Friday, July 26, 2013
Time: Starts at Maghrib
Location: Maharajah Restaurant, 3711 Texas 6 Houston, TX 77082‎

  
For more information, click here.
 

 
July 24, 2013  -  The 2013 Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner
 
Muslim Communities of Greater Houston Cordially invite you to attend The 2013 Annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner “Come & Celebrate the True Essence of Humility”.
 
When: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Time:
6:30 PM - Gathering, 7:00 PM - Program Starts, 8:21 PM - Iftar, Prayers & Dinner
Location:
Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road @ Murphy Rd, Stafford, TX 77477
 
FREE Event & Parking.
 
For more information or to register, visit www.ramadaniftar.org.
 

 
July 20, 2013  -  PACC Ramadan Iftar
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC) invites you to attend the Annual PACC Ramadan Iftar.
  
When: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Time: 8:23 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
  
Have a Blessed Ramadan.
 
For more information, visit www.pacchouston.org.
 

 
July 20, 2013  -  HQA Annual Ramadan Iftar
 
Houston Qur'an Academy (HQA) invites you to its annual Ramadan iftar "Celebrating Success". Invest in a "Continuous Charity" by Sponsoring a Future Hafez.
 
When: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Time:
6:30 pm
Location:
Tempura Halal Grill, 16305 Kensington Dr., #150, Sugarland, TX 77479
 

Please choose "Houston Qur'an Academy" from the "Donate to Project" drop down menu. Your donation is Zakat eligible, tax deductible, and insha-Allah an investment with Allah SWT
 
HQA's Ramadan Letter from Dr. Hamed Ghazali, Director of HQA
 
Be part of our story... join our legacy... and bring your family to an evening of Inspiration.
 
For more details, please call HQA at 281-717-4622.
 

 
July 20, 2013  -  Maram Foundation Benefit Iftar for Syria
 
Together for a Better Tomorrow. Join The Maram Foundation at our Ramadan Benefit Dinner for Syrian Refugees and IDPs and help make a difference in the lives of those in need.
 
Our speakers include: Our director, Mr. Yakzan Shishakly and guest speaker, Mr. Rodwaan Saleh (formerly with Life for Relief and Development).
 

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Time:
6:30pm
Location:
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Galleria Area, 7611 Katy Freeway, Houston 77024 (I-10 & 610)
 

Please join us this Ramadan to not only see what your support has provided in the past but also to see the projects your continued support will provide for the future. Together we can provide a better tomorrow for those in need.
 
TICKETS: $50 @ http://maramfoundation.org/gala/.
 
Contact Omar at 832-858-0955 or Nadine at 713-291-2351 for questions.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 17, 2013  -  NAAP-Houston Annual Iftar/Dinner
 
The Network of Arab American Professional Houston Chapter is hosting a Dinner/Iftar on Wednesday July 17, 2013. We have chosen the venue and space is limited so please don’t forget to RSVP your friend or significant other, as well.
 
Location: Fadis Mediterranean Delight, 8383 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77063
 
Dinner will be $25. CASH ONLY. NO credit cards will be taken.
 
The Dinner/Iftar will be FULL SERVICE including drinks, appetizer, main course, dessert, coffee and tea.
 
Be considerate and arrive on time please so that those who are collecting the monies at the front can have a chance to sit and eat Iftar with the group.
 
Please remember that the more people that come, the more money that will be donated to charity. A few of our sponsors will match the amount of the total bill of the Iftar and the monies will be used to buy gifts for an event that we are sponsoring, the Pink & Blue event hosted by Al-Amaaneh. The social event will help refugee families with limited resources in Houston celebrate Eid Al Fitr after the holy month of Ramadan.
 
Thanks so much for those who have helped us come this far and we hope to continue growing with your help in the Greater area of Houston.
 
If you have any question or concern please contact us at NAAPHouston@yahoo.com or you can call Omar at 832-858-0955.
 

 
July 13, 2013  -  Free Citizenship Workshop
 
Boat People SOS of Houston will host a FREE Citizenship workshop
 
 
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Time:
10 am- 1pm
Location:
11360 Bellaire Blvd. Suite 910, Houston, TX 77072
 

Space is limited to 70 people, so advanced registration is required.
 
Arabic language assistance will be available.
 
Please contact Rhoda Jazairy at 281-530-6888 or view flyer for more information.
 

 
July 11, 2013  -  Open Forum: What's going on in Turkey?
 
Guest Speaker: Joshua W. Walker, Council on Foreign Relations
 
The recent protests in Turkey caught many people by surprise. How could such discontent be found in prosperous, democratic Turkey? Is it all a sign of deepening frustration at the direction taken by Erdogan and the AKP or evidence of a strong Turkish civil society?
 
Joshua Walker will give an update on the events, describing the protestors, their goals, and the government response.
 
When: Thursday, July 11, 2013
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: World Affairs Council of Houston, 2500 East T.C. Jester Blvd. Suite 350, Houston
 
Dr. Joshua W. Walker is an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. At the GMF he was responsible for the Turkey and Japan portfolio of the Asia program. Active in bridging the academic and policy worlds, Dr. Walker is a Young Society Leader and Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leader who co-founded the Yale Journal of International Affairs, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in New York, and the Project on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations at Princeton.
 
Your Voice, Your World
This lecture will be held as an open forum. After 20 minutes of comments by Dr. Walker, we will open the discussion to include more of your thoughts and comments. Dr. Walker will ask you—what do you think this means for Turkey and the direction of the country?
 
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.   
 

 
July 7, 2013  -  Rally to Support Democracy in Egypt
 
MAS Katy Center: Join us in a rally in front of the Egyptian Consulate in Houston to Support democracy in Egypt.
 
 
When: Sunday, July 7, 2013
Time: 3.30 to 5.30pm
Location: 5718 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77057
  
Click here for event flyer.  
 

 
June 29, 2013  -  CAIR Texas Annual Banquet
 
11th CAIR Texas Annual Banquet:  "American Muslims: Leading for Justice"
      
Each year's event is attended by 400 local community members, faith leaders and elected officials that features an awards ceremony to recognize individuals who work hard to build and advance our communities. We celebrate accomplishments, discuss the challenges ahead, debut upcoming projects and goals. This year our focus is "American Muslims: Leading for Justice."
 
During the event we will showcase the results of the work done by CAIR locally and nationwide to work toward upholding our nation's constitution and building power in our communities.
 
Our keynote address will be given by Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Rice University Professor and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. A graduate of Haverford College near Philadelphia, Professor Klineberg received an M.A. in Psychopathology from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard. After teaching at Princeton, he joined Rice University's Sociology Department in 1972. The recipient of ten major teaching awards, including the George R. Brown Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching, he is a faculty associate and divisional advisor at Lovett College, where he twice served as Interim Master.
 
The CAIR National address will be provided by Gadeir Abbas, Staff Attorney. As a civil rights leader, he has spearheaded major lawsuits involving constitutional issues of particular concern to the American Muslim community, including the ongoing landmark challenge to an Oklahoma ballot measure that would have barred reference to Islamic principles (sharia) in that state's courts. He has been quoted by national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Mother Jones, and CNN.
 
Special Nasheed performance from artist, Mohamed Tarek Hussein!
 
When: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Time: 6 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Crowne Plaza - Near Reliant, 8686 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX 77054
 
Tickets: $50 per person, $400 for a table of 8, $10 Childcare (6 mo. - 12 years) with advance purchase.
 
Online ticket available at: http://cairtxhoustonannualbanquet.eventbrite.com/
 
For more information, call 713-838-2247, or email: info@cairhouston.org.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 28, 2013  -  "Dirty Wars" Film Opens in Houston
 
The film features independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, the New York Times bestselling author of Blackwater and now Dirty Wars (the book of the same title as the film).
 
The film won the Cintematography Prize at Sundance. Variety says it is "astonishingly hard-hitting" and adds: "This jaw-dropping, persuasively researched pic has the power to pry open government lockboxes."
 
You can see the trailer here: http://dirtywars.org/trailer.
  
Opens in Houston on June 28, 2013 at the Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77204.
 
Click here for flyer.
 

 
June 25, 2013  -  Political Paranoia in Contemporary Iran
 
Speaker: Amir Afkhami, George Washington University
 
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston
 
Iranian politics are characterized by distrust, not only of foreign governments, but of national and religious factions within it. Political rhetoric is full of terms such as foreign danger, spy, servants of imperialism, and conspiracy.
 
Dr. Amir Afkhami will take a humorous look at the political paranoia in the conduct of diplomacy and internal politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly in its dealings with the West. He will discuss the biological and psychological roots of political paranoia and Iran’s unique history.
 
Amir Afkhami is an assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Prior to joining GWU, he was a lecturer at Yale University. He has also been an advisor to the U.S. State Department, the U.S. military, and the World Bank on issues pertaining to public and mental health. Dr. Afkhami is the recipient of the 'Psychiatrist of the Year for 2010' from the Washington Psychiatric Society, as well as, the 'Medical Humanitarian' and 'Distinguished Public Health Awards' from the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq.
 
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
    
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
June 22, 2013  -  Houston Muslims United: A Walk for First Responders
 
Houston Muslims United: A Walk for First Responders. It is a great dawah opportunity and an effective way to show people what Islam and our community are all about.
 
As people of goodwill we are coming together on June 22, 2013 to support those brave heroes who risk everything to save our lives!  Recently many TX fire fighters have given the ultimate sacrifice while serving the public. Let's honor them and help support their families and loved ones.
 
When: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Time: 8:30am - 10am
Location: Houston City Hall Annex,  900 Bagby St., Houston, TX 77002
  
For more information, visit www.houston-united.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
June 15, 2013  -  Celebrate Father's Day at the ACC
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center cordially invites you and your family to join us for a Night Full of Fun to Celebrate Father's Day.
 
When: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM to 12:00 midnight
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
Dinner Buffet, Live Entertainment, Movie Night for Kids, Games & Tombola Prizes
 
Ticket Prices: 50.00 Dollars
 
For more information & reservations, please contact the ACC office at 832-851-3366.
 

 
June 12, 2013  -  Young Professionals - ‘On the Ground in Syria and the Refugee Crisis: A First Hand Account’
 
Speaker: Omar Shishakly, The Maram Foundation
 
When: Tuesday, June 12, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: BlackFinn American Grille, BlackFinn American Grille, 1910 Bagby, Houston, 77002
  
What started two and a half years ago with people demonstrating in the streets in Syria, has now become an all-encompassing and extremely violent civil war with massive international repercussions. In addition to the well over 70,000 people who have been killed, the U.N. estimates that over 500,000 Syrians are now refugees in neighboring countries and that at least 2.5 million people are internally displaced within Syria.
 
After returning to Syria last year, Omar Shishakly was so moved by the devastating conditions in his homeland that he founded the Maram Foundation along with his brother and cousin to address the overwhelming humanitarian crisis facing the Syrian people. They started by assisting a small number of families in northern Syria; and now at their ‘Olive Tree’ camp they shelter, feed and treat over 28,000 displaced Syrians of all ages and all backgrounds. Shishakly will discuss the situation in Syria and in particular what the conditions were during his most recent visit to Syria a few weeks ago.
 
Omar Shishakly moved from Syria to the U.S. at the age of sixteen. His family has a long history of political involvement in Syria. His grandfather Adib was a military leader and president of Syria in 1953. One of his other brothers is a member of the Syrian National Council. But Omar has stayed out of politics and instead focuses upon helping those in need through the Maram Foundation. He is a licensed Clinical Dietitian with Sybaris Group, LLC. He has a master’s degree in nutrition and a post-graduate degree in dietetics.
 
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
    
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
June 8, 2013  -  Citizenship Workshop
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston cordially invite you to our Citizenship Workshop For Persons Seeking to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
 
No-Fee Service! An Attorney Will Be Present! Fee Waiver Assistance Available!
 
When: Saturday,
June 8, 2013
Time:
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 501 Tidwell Road, Houston, TX 77022
 

Attention Applicants! Please call for your appointment. For an appointment, directions, or information, please contact: Michelle Hernandez, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6541
mhernandez@catholiccharities.org or Natalia de las Cuevas, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6593
ndelascuevas@catholiccharities.org
 
Basic Requirements for Naturalization
  Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)
  18 years old or older
  Five Years of Continuous Residence as a Permanent Resident
     *Exception if Married to a U.S. Citizen (Three Years Continuous Residence)
  Physical Presence in U.S. for at least half of the Five (or Three) Year Period
  Good Moral Character for the Five (or Three) Years
  Be able to Pass English and U.S. History/Civics Exams *Exceptions Available
  Take a Loyalty Oath
*These are only the basic requirements; there may be others that you may need to meet to qualify for citizenship.

Click here for event flyer.
 

   
June 7, 2013  -  Wasfi Massarani Benefit Concert
 
Benefit Concert by the Syrian American Council featuring Wasfi Massarani to support the people of Syria in a time of their greatest need.
 
When: Friday, June 7, 2013
Time: 8:30 pm-11pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099

 

Advance Tickets: $40, Kids (10 and under): $20
Tickets At-the-Door: $50 (kids $30)
  
Refreshments are provided.
 
Concert Sample: http://youtu.be/HL6ms93n81s
 
Proceeds from the concert will support the Sister City project of the Syrian American Council which empowers local, democratically selected governing councils in Syria as they re-establish schools, hospitals, and law & order.
 

Syrian American Council (SAC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to democratic, civic, educational, and humanitarian development in Syria and building bridges of understanding between the USA and Syria.
 
For more information, please call 617-818-8132, or email SyrianAmericanCouncilHouston@gmail.com
 
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

   
June 5, 2013  -  Town Hall Meeting with Abdellatif Mazouz
 
Town Hall Meeting with Abdellatif Mazouz, Minister Delegate to the head of the government in charge of Moroccans living abroad
 
For more information, visit www.moroccansocietyofhouston.org.
 

 
June 1-July 20, 2013  -  Arabic School Summer Camp
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) Arabic School will hold its Summer Camp every Saturday beginning June 1, 2013 and ending July 20, 2013.
 
Please register by Friday, May 31, 2013 to guarantee placement.
 
Classes will be held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and any child age five to 16
years old may attend.
 
In addition to language classes and arts & crafts, students may participate in dabka classes.
 
Several field trips are also planned.
 
For more information, visit www.acchouston.org.
 

 
May 30, 2013  -  Looking at Iran: The Rise & Fall of Iran in Public Opinion
 
Arab American Institute president James J. Zogby, Ph.D., explores the circumstances behind Iran’s precipitous decline in popularity among Arabs and Muslims in the past decade.
 
When: May 30, 2013
Time: 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Suite 120,
Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston 77005
 
 
When American policymakers discuss Iran, the focus is on Israel, as if that were the only issue to consider. In reality, the Islamic Republic of Iran is not only a concern for Americans and Israelis — it is also a growing concern for people across the Arab and Muslim worlds. In his e-book “Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Public Opinion,” author James J. Zogby, Ph.D., examines how in just six years Iran has experienced a precipitous decline in popularity among Arabs and Muslims. Based on brand new polling in 20 Arab and Muslim countries, the study reveals how Iran’s involvement in Iraq, Bahrain and Syria played a role in alienating Arab public opinion; how Iran’s nuclear program is now opposed by publics in almost every country surveyed; and how the Obama administration’s lower profile in the Middle East has actually improved U.S. standing in Arab public opinion.
 
Zogby is the director of Zogby Research Services, a firm engaged in groundbreaking public opinion research across the Arab World, as well as president of the Arab American Institute. He received his doctorate in Islamic studies from Temple University’s Department of Religion and later was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University.
  
For more information or to register, click here.
 

 
May 26, 2013  -  Evening of Syrian Art & Theatre - A Fundraiser for Syria
 
Come join us in an evening of artistic expression of revolutionary proportions.
 
مسرحية خلونا نحكي و معرض لافتات كفرنبل
 

When: May 26, 2013
Location: Hobby Center, 800 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002
 
Kafranbel Art Exhibit & Reception at 6pm
Let's Talk Play at 7pm *sharp*

Let's Talk (Khalouna Ne7ki): The popular theatrical performance by the Syrian Student Association of Montreal makes its Houston debut! "Let's Talk" is an Arabic play (w/ English surtitles*) that examines the experience of the Syrian Revolution. It portrays courageous and tragic events that have defined the Syrian people's lives for the past two years.

*The Houston showing of the play will feature English surtitles (a first!) above the stage (like the opera), so everyone can enjoy this amazing production! So spread the word to all!

Peaceful Defiance: Art of the Syrian Revolution
The famous posters and banners of the Syrian town, Kafranbel, will be showcased in Houston for the first time in this special exhibit! The witty posters won the hearts and minds of people worldwide and became the source of national pride for Syrians. Don't miss your chance to to see these posters of defiance. Bring your cameras for Facebook and Twitter worthy pics!

Before the curtains open, socialize with friends while enjoying a delicious spread of light bites during our opening reception.

100% of proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit The Maram Foundation's and Awaser's humanitarian projects in Syria. www.maramfoundation.org

Early bird tickets start at $50, student tix $40.
VIP tickets: $150, $100, $75
*10% discount for group ticket sales of 10 or more.
**BUY EARLY AND SAVE - All tickets $10 more day of show

TO BUY TICKETS: Online: You can click the ticket link above or visit www.maramfoundation.org or www.thehobbycenter.org

By Phone: 713-315-2525
In Person: You can buy tix at the Hobby Center box office

For more info contact: Nadine 713-291-2351, Omar 832-858-0955, or Rama 832-607-1588
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 22, 2013  -  Investing in Education for the Future by Dr. Amer, a NASA Scientist
 
With the economy in a constant flux, students and professionals need to develop skill sets that will help them survive and thrive. In the forefront of these skill sets is an understanding of technology and applied science. Join Dr. Tahani Amer as she provides her insight on the future of education in the fields of science and technology.
 
Dr. Amer started working at NASA in the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Branch. She then pursued an opportunity in one of NASA’s wind tunnels to conduct pressure and thermal sensitive paint experiments in support of the NASA’s aeronautical research efforts. She has experienced the excitement of working with large CFD computer codes and climbing up the ceiling of a wind tunnel to install a velocity probe. Dr. Amer has invented and patented a system to measure the thermal conductivity of a thin film. Dr. Amer holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, a master’s in aerospace engineering, and a doctoral of engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

     
When: May 22, 2013
Time: 6 pm
Location:
Embassy Suites, 11730 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079
  
Halal, Zabiha Dinner and prayer space will be provided. Networking event will be held in Islamic Decorum.
 
   
For more information and/or to register, visit www.mpahouston.com/networking-event-investing-in-education-for-the-future/.
 

 
May 21, 2013  -  Reading the Tea Leaves: Iranian Politics and the Coming Elections
 
Speaker: Reza Marashi, National Iranian Council
 
In the upcoming Iranian presidential elections, there are three issues that stand out: the continuing power struggle over the scope of executive powers; the unwillingness of Ahmadinejad and his political faction to go down without a fight; and the role of the 'old guard' conservative faction. But a fourth issue trumps them all: the powerful role the Supreme Leader plays in Iranian politics. What are the political currents and who are the candidates to watch as the June 2013 elections approach?
 
Reza Marashi is the research director for the National Iranian American Council. He came to NIAC after four years in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Before that, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and The National Interest, among other publications. He has been a guest contributor to CNN, NPR, the BBC, and the Financial Times, among other broadcast outlets.
     
 
When: May 21, 2013
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027
  
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
   
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 19, 2013  -  Rebuilding Egypt Fundraising Event
 
This event is organized by Rebuilding Egypt, a US-based non-profit organization helping Egyptian economy, education and healthcare systems. Rebuilding Egypt is an inclusive organization without inclination to one political side or the other, led by prominent Egyptians across the US, including Drs. Khaled Elsayes and Osama Gaber in Houston.
 
When: May 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027
 
Tickets: $50 (dinner included)
For tickets and event information, call 734-660-5956
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 19, 2013  -  Nass El Ghiwane, Trances: A Concert Film (ناس الغيوان)
 
A concert film unlike any other, Trances presents extraordinary footage of Nass El Ghiwane, known as the Rolling Stones of Africa, whose legendary performances combined music, poetry, and theater. “We eavesdrop on the group, whose troubadour style has won them a large and rapturous following in their home country of Morocco. The debt owed to the musical traditions of their faith and land is freely acknowledged, and vividly brought to mind by the trance-like state their compelling, percussive music induces in their fans.” — Time Out London
 
“Nass El Ghiwane was singing their nation, their people—their beliefs, their sufferings, their prayers.”— filmmaker Martin Scorsese
 
Read about Moroccan cinema here written by Abdellatif Adnane, a Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of St. Thomas.
 
Support for this screening has been provided by CinemaNa. Special thanks to World Cinema Foundation; Cineteca de Bologna; and BAM Cinématek.

Directed by Ahmed El Maanouni - 1981, in Arabic with English subtitles - Morocco/France -  90 minutes
 
When: May 19, 2013
Time: 5 pm
Location: Law Building, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 77005
 
For more information, visit www.mfah.org/films/trances/.
 

 
May 16-19, 2013  -  Houston Greekfest 2013
 
Enjoy a Taste of Greek Culture in the Bayou City!
 
Thursday, May 16th: 4:00pm -9:00pm
 
Friday, May 17th: 11:00am - 2:00 pm - Free Admission, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm $3 for Adults & FREE for children 10 & under
 
Saturday, May 18th: 11:00am -10:00pm - $3 for Adults & FREE for children 10 & under
 
Sunday, May 20th: 11:00am - 6:00pm - $3 for Adults & FREE for children 10 & under
       
For more information, visit www.houstongreekfest.com.
 

   
May 18, 2013  -  Citizenship Workshop
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston cordially invite you to our Citizenship Workshop For Persons Seeking to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
 
No-Fee Service! An Attorney Will Be Present! Fee Waiver Assistance Available!
 
When: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Centro Familiar Cristiano, 11000 Dairy Ashford Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478
(Dairy Ashford Road at Bellfort Avenue)
 
Attention Applicants! Please call for your appointment. For an appointment, directions, or information, please contact: Michelle Hernandez, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6541
mhernandez@catholiccharities.org or Natalia de las Cuevas, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6593
ndelascuevas@catholiccharities.org
 
Basic Requirements for Naturalization
  Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)
  18 years old or older
  Five Years of Continuous Residence as a Permanent Resident
     *Exception if Married to a U.S. Citizen (Three Years Continuous Residence)
  Physical Presence in U.S. for at least half of the Five (or Three) Year Period
  Good Moral Character for the Five (or Three) Years
  Be able to Pass English and U.S. History/Civics Exams *Exceptions Available
  Take a Loyalty Oath
*These are only the basic requirements; there may be others that you may need to meet to qualify for citizenship.

Click here for event flyer.
 

   
May 18, 2013  -  Iman Academy Job Fair
 
Competitive Salaries & Benefits, Excellent Working Conditions, One of the Top Islamic Schools, AdvanceED Accredited
    
Seeking qualified teachers and administrators for Iman Academy Schools & Childcare Centers.
  
May 3, 2013 @ Southwest Campus, 6228 Highway 6 South, Houston 77083 (281-498-1345)
May 18, 2013 @ Jetstream Campus, 825 Jetstream, Webster 77598 (281-204-8710)
 
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
 
Please have resume handy. If you are unable to attend, you may e-mail your resume to resumes@imanacademy.org, or fax it to 713-979-0195.
   
For more information, visit www.imanacademy.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 18, 2013  -  Seminar on Islamic Home Financing
 
When: May 18, 2013
Time: 8:15 pm
Location: MAS Katy Center
 
Click here for event flyer/more information.
 

 
May 17-18, 2013  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
2013 Festival Program
 
May 10 & 11, 2013:  Films at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
 
  Friday, May 10, 7 pm:  When I Saw You لما شفتك by Annemarie Jacir
Saturday, May 11, 7 pm:  A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel
 
May 17 & 18, 2013: 
Films at Rice Media Center
 
  Friday, May 17, 7 pm:  Nation Estate by Larissa Sansour & Habibi by Susan Youssef
Saturday, May 18, 7 pm:  Detroit Unleaded by Rola Nashef

For more information, visit www.hpff.org.

 

 
May 17, 2013  -  Citizenship Workshop
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston cordially invite you to our Citizenship Workshop For Persons Seeking to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
 
No-Fee Service! An Attorney Will Be Present! Fee Waiver Assistance Available!
 
When: Friday, May 17, 2013
Time: 12:30 pm – 3 pm
Location: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3617 Milam St., Houston, TX 77002
 
Attention Applicants! Please call for your appointment. For an appointment, directions, or information, please contact: Michelle Hernandez, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6541
mhernandez@catholiccharities.org or Natalia de las Cuevas, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6593
ndelascuevas@catholiccharities.org
 
Basic Requirements for Naturalization
  Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder)
  18 years old or older
  Five Years of Continuous Residence as a Permanent Resident
     *Exception if Married to a U.S. Citizen (Three Years Continuous Residence)
  Physical Presence in U.S. for at least half of the Five (or Three) Year Period
  Good Moral Character for the Five (or Three) Years
  Be able to Pass English and U.S. History/Civics Exams *Exceptions Available
  Take a Loyalty Oath
*These are only the basic requirements; there may be others that you may need to meet to qualify for citizenship.

Click here for event flyer.
 

   
May 14-15, 2013  -  DUET: Lift Me Up For I Am Dying, an audio installation featuring Avri Levitan (Tel Aviv) and Tyme Khleifi (Ramallah)
 
On the 65th anniversary of the formation of the Israeli State and the Palestinian Nakba, at the top of each hour the Rothko Chapel will play DUET an audio installation by Scottish artist, Ross Birrell. DUET features recitals of Birrell's composition Lift Me Up For I Am Dying, inspired by poet John Keats last words, performed by a Palestinian and an Israeli viola player in the historic Spiegelsaal of the Clärchens Ballhaus in Berlin. Standing in the same position, each musician performed separately and at their own pace resulting in renditions of differing tempo and duration. When the recitals are played back together a tension is produced in the displaced harmonies and mirrored dissonance of the resulting 'duet,' mirroring the shared geography but dissonant history of Israel and Palestine. The failure of the duet to find final harmony and its continued lapse into dissonance mirrors the fractured history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its seemingly intractable condition. Equally, its evocation of a potential harmony, however fragile, reiterates the necessity of seeking a solution for sustained co-existence based upon mutual respect of the human rights of Arabs and Israelis, and the importance of defending and building upon every fragile ground of peace.
 
When: Tuesday, May 14 & Wednesday, May 15, 2013 (free)
 
For more information, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
May 12, 2013  -  ADS Mother's Day Brunch
 
Please join us for Mother's Day Brunch "Honoring our Beautiful Mothers".  We Hope you can join us for this special celebration.
 
RSVP by May 9th 2013
 
When: Sunday, May 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: The Sheraton Suites, 2400 West Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027
Phone: (713) 586-2444
 
T i c k e t s: Adult: $35.00, Children 12 Yrs & Younger: $20.00, Kids 5 Yrs. & Younger: FREE

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 
If you have any questions, please contact Souheil Ghaoui or Diana Cocab 713-412-5440 832-651-4290.
 

 
May 11, 2013  -  National Arab American Service Day
 
In Partnership with the Network for Arab American Professionals Houston Chapter (NAAP), and the Houston Police and Fire Departments, the Arab American Cultural and Community Center will host its Ninth Annual National Arab American Service Day.
 
When: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099
 
For children, we’ll be having Free Health and Wellness Exams provided by NAAP’s volunteer dentist and pediatrician.
 
The Houston Police Department will also be on hand to distribute information on Emergency Response and Safety Around Strangers.
 
West Houston ATA will provide Self-Defense and Anti-Bullying classes to registered children.

Courtesy of Schlumberger, there will be a Free Driving Safety Course provided for adults and parents.
 
Space is limited, so please RSVP by Friday, May 10 by emailing bobby@acchouston.org or calling the ACC Office at 832-351-3366.
 

 
May 10-11, 2013  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
2013 Festival Program
 
May 10 & 11, 2013:  Films at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
 
  Friday, May 10, 7 pm:  When I Saw You لما شفتك by Annemarie Jacir
Saturday, May 11, 7 pm:  A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel
 
May 17 & 18, 2013: 
Films at Rice Media Center
 
  Friday, May 17, 7 pm:  Nation Estate by Larissa Sansour & Habibi by Susan Youssef
Saturday, May 18, 7 pm:  Detroit Unleaded by Rola Nashef

For more information, visit www.hpff.org.

 

 
May 10, 2013  -  CAIR: Know Your Rights Workshop
 
Learn about your rights as an employee, student, traveler, immigrant (non-citizen), encounters with law enforcement and much more!
 
When: May 10, 2013
Time: 7:30PM
Location: Pearland Islamic Center-ISGH
 
Family Potluck Dinner and a Presentation
 
For more information please contact: Sr. Uzma Khan: uzzyk@hotmail.com or Sr. Shabana Khokhar: shabanakhokhar@hotmail.com
 

 
May 8, 2013  -  Leadership Series: Dr. Abdulbari Arousi, Minister of Oil & Gas, State of Libya
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of the United States, Tripoli, Libya, in cooperation with the Ministry of Oil & Gas – Libya, are pleased to host a breakfast briefing featuring a keynote address by His Excellency Dr. Abdulbari Arousi, Minister of Oil & Gas, State of Libya.
 
Emerging from the revolution of 2011-2012, Libya is poised to reclaim its place among the world’s largest oil producers. With $100 billion worth of projects in place, 41.1 billion barrels in oil reserves, and 52.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Libya is a major source of energy for the Mediterranean region. In order to develop and expand current production capacity, H.E. Dr. Arousi is interested in meeting with companies involved in all aspects of the oil & gas business including production, refining, pipelines, and export facilities.
 
When: May 8, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Houston (event address will be provided upon registration confirmation)
 
 
This opportunity to meet with and hear from the Libyan Minister of Oil & Gas promises to be informative, and is a chance to enter at the ground level in the reconstruction of Libya’s energy sector.
 
For more information please contact: Ms. Vranae Pavlich, vranae@bilateralchamber.org or
(813) 445-4777.
 

 
May 6, 2013  -  Offshore Technology Conference: 16th Annual Arab Delegate Reception
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our 16th Annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Insight into MENA Welcome Reception.
 
Over 1,000 executives from the U.S. and Middle East/North Africa (MENA) energy sector attend our annual event making it the largest gathering of U.S./MENA delegates on U.S. soil. Thousands of relationships and transactions have been forged over the last 16 years making the Bilateral’s Insight into MENA reception a tradition at the world’s largest energy conference, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).
 

When: May 6, 2013
Time:
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Westin Galleria, 5060 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX 77056

  
Registration is required to attend.
 
For more information, contact Ms. Amanda Dramberger at amanda@bilateralchamber.org or call 713-880-8168, or visit
www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
May 5, 2013  -  Dunia Health Day at Brazos Bookstore
 
Dunia Health is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving child and neonatal health in low-resource regions of the Middle East and beyond. Shop at Brazos Bookstore and learn about Dunia Health’s commitment to developing low-cost, innovative mobile technologies that improve health outcomes by keeping parents informed and active participants in the health of their children. Dunia Health’s cofounders will give a brief presentation and a demonstration of their vaccine-tracking software, which automatically texts parents after a vaccine shortage concludes. 15% of proceeds will go to piloting this software in UNRWA clinics.
 
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Location: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005
 
For more information, visit www.duniahealth.org.
 

 
May 4, 2013  -  Ladies' Group International Night
 
Come celebrate your culture's fashions with other ladies from around the world! Show your dress and listen to your country's favorite music! Bring your country's signature dish to share with others! Decorate your tables with items that represent your homeland! (Art, Vases, Jewelery, Flags, Figurines, etc.)
 
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: 6 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099
 
Babysitter will be available for children ages 2-10.
 
To reserve your country's free table, reply to accladieshouston@gmail.com.
 

 
May 4, 2013  -  POLITICS 101 - Learn about Local Politics & Win Prizes!
 
A one of a kind program for families. Starts with a short presentation on grassroots local politics. It brings you a lot of vital information on the role of Muslims in U.S. politics, our growing number and changing demographics, and how that makes us an invaluable part of the social fabric and an important voice in the political arena.
 
Learn and Win!!
Right after the presentation starts fun! A Jeopardy-style quiz shows where you have a chance to participate and win fabulous prizes. Lots and lots of them!
 
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: Maghrib to Isha / Food at 7:15pm
Location: Maryam Islamic Center, 504 Sartartia Rd, Sugar Land, Texas 77479
 
Come on time. Dinner starts at 7:15 sharp. Followed by Maghrib salat that leads into the program.
 
For more information, click here.
 

 
May 4, 2013  -  Teen Movie Night
 
Join us this Saturday, May 4, at the Al-Sham Center for Teen Movie Night – featuring the award-winning film, “The Blind Side” (rated PG-13). Bring family and friends for pizza, movie-theater popcorn, drinks, and fun! Feel free to bring pillows and blankets for a more comfortable movie-watching experience.
 
This is a FREE event sponsored by the Syrian-American Club to those who RSVP online or by email. See the attached flyer for more details.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Al-Sham Center, 5729 Winsome Lane, Houston, Texas
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 4, 2013  -  March and Rally for Unity and Justice for Workers and Immigrants
 
May Day marches and rallies are taking place worldwide. Houston United-Unito has organized May 4th, this Saturday, the March and Rally for United and Justice for Workers and Immigrants.
 
Click here for more details and event flyer
 

 
May 3, 2013  -  Iman Academy Job Fair
 
Competitive Salaries & Benefits, Excellent Working Conditions, One of the Top Islamic Schools, AdvanceED Accredited
    
Seeking qualified teachers and administrators for Iman Academy Schools & Childcare Centers.
  
May 3, 2013 @ Southwest Campus, 6228 Highway 6 South, Houston 77083 (281-498-1345)
May 18, 2013 @ Jetstream Campus, 825 Jetstream, Webster 77598 (281-204-8710)
 
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
 
Please have resume handy. If you are unable to attend, you may e-mail your resume to resumes@imanacademy.org, or fax it to 713-979-0195.
   
For more information, visit www.imanacademy.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 29, 2013  -  Charting a New Course in a Changing Middle East
 
Speaker: Vali Nasr, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  
Vali Nasr’s provocative new book is an in-depth assessment of US policy in the Middle East, focusing on the most contentious regional issues: Egypt, the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and Iran’s attempts to build nuclear weapons. He analyzes the past failings of foreign policy strategies concerning the Middle East and discusses the need for a new approach.
 
Vali Nasr is Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a leading scholar on the politics of the Middle East and the Muslim world. Two of his books, The Shia Revival and Forces of Fortune, foresaw, respectively, post-war sectarian violence in Iraq and the uprisings that became known as the Arab Spring. The books contributed to U.S. policy formulated in response to those events. Nasr has been published in Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Time, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others.
 
His latest book, The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, will be available at the program.
  
When: Monday, April 29, 2013
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027
 
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
  
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
April 27-28, 2013  -  Houston International Festival
 
Spotlighting Brazil.
    
When: April 20-21 and 27-28, 2013
Location: Downtown Houston
     
For more information, visit www.ifest.org.
 

 
April 27, 2013  -  Oscar-nominated "5 Broken Cameras" Film Screening
 
The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the critically-acclaimed 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements.
 
When: April 27, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Project Row Houses (3rd Ward), 2521 Holman St., Houston, TX 77004
     
The film screening is sponsored by Ibrahim Islamic Center of Houston, Texas.
 

 
April 26, 2013  -  The Changing Faces of Houston - Celebrate Our City
 
Did you know that Houston is the most culturally diverse city in the entire country? We think that should be celebrated!
 
At this FREE fair, you can celebrate our city. Enjoy live performances by the Tontons, gospel masters Endurance, and others, plus testimonies from iconic Houstonians.
 
Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Kinder Institute of Urban Research will present results of the 2013 Houston Area Survey.
     
When: Friday, April 26, 2013
Time: 7:30 -10 PM
Location: Fondren Performance Space, Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney
 
Free & Open to the Public!
 
For more information, visit
www.discoverygreen.com/changing-faces-of-houston.
 

 
April 21, 2013  -  ADS Spring Picnic
 
ADS Houston Chapter SPRING PICNIC
 
Delicious Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chips & Drinks will be provided. Make sure to bring soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyball, badminton or any other sporting activity for your enjoyment.
  
This is a Spring-time outdoor BBQ Picnic so please prepare accordingly.
    
When: April 21, 2013
Time: 12 - 5pm (Lunch will be served at 1pm)
Location: Clear Lake Park 5001 Nasa Parkway, Seabrook 77586 (WHITE-TOP PAVILION)
      
Tickets: ADS Member: $8.00, Non ADS Member: $12.00, Kids 5 Yrs. & Younger FREE
 
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Maher Moukarim (281-891-3003, mmmouka@gmail.com).
 

 
April 20-21, 2013  -  Houston International Festival
 
Spotlighting Brazil.
    
When: April 20-21 and 27-28, 2013
Location: Downtown Houston
     
For more information, visit www.ifest.org.
 

 
April 20, 2013  -  Presentation on Immigration & Asylum Legal Issues For Syrians in the US
 
The Syrian American Club of Houston is pleased to announce a Presentation and a Q&A Session by Attorney Lema Barazi on Immigration & Asylum Legal Issues for Syrians in the United States.
       
When: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Location: Al-Sham Center, 5729 Winsome Ln., Houston, TX 77057
  
All SAC members & friends are welcome. Please plan on arriving early as the program will be starting promptly at 5:30 pm.
     
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 14, 2013  -  4th Annual Palestine Day - Family Picnic
 
The Palestinian American Council will hold a Palestine Family Picnic. Food and Refreshments will be available. This will be a great day of fun for the entire family.
 
  
When: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Time:
4:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099
 

For more information, visit www.pac-usa.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 13, 2013  -  MAS Katy Spring Carnival
 
Mark your calendar for Saturday April 13, 2013. It's carnival day at MAS Katy center. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family. Most fun is for the kids, bring them over to enjoy an Islamic environment.
 
The activities include Moonwalks, Rock Climb, Lazer Tag, Pony rides and many more.
 
When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 3-8 pm

  

For more information, visit www.maskaty.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 12, 2013  -  Foosball Game Night & Social
 
Join The Syrian American Club this Friday for a night of Foosball, cards, backgammon, snacks and refreshments.
 
When: Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Location: Al-Sham Center, 5729 Winsome Ln., Houston, TX 77057
 
$5 for members / $10 for non-members
 
Players will be divided by skill level and player registration will start at 7:00 pm.
A Foosball Tournament will start at 8:00 pm if there's enough interest.
 
Backgammon, cards and chess can also be played. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 10, 2013 choosing one of the three options:

  Reply to syrianamericanclub@yahoo.com & list the number & names of people attending
  Call Al-Sham Center 713-266-5577
  Click Here
 

 
April 11, 2013  -  Why the Syrian Revolution is taking that long, and why the Assad Regime is that Barbaric
 
A lecture by the Expatriate Arab Syrian Writer & Poet Tarif Youssef-Agha.
 
 - Why the Syrian Revolution is taking that long
 - And why the Assad Regime is that Barbaric
  

When:
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Houston Community College-Central Campus, 1300 Holman, Room # 100 LHSB, Houston, TX 77002
  
Reception & Seating (5:00 to 5:45 PM). Refreshments will be served
This is a Free and Public Event (street parking or garage on Winbern @ La Branch).
  
For more information, contact Tarif Youssef-Agha at 713-697-9595, or Jose Salazar at 713-718-6352.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 11, 2013  -  Houston Support Vigil for Guantanamo Hunger Strikers
 
National Day of Action in support of the Guantanamo hunger strikers: Thursday April 11
 
Support the Guantanamo Hunger strikers: Houston Support Vigil
 
Bring your own sign to display to passing motorists, or help distribute informational flyers to waiting motorists at red light, urging them to call or twitter the White House. (If you own an orange jump suit please wear it!)
 
When: Thursday, April 10, 2013
Time: 4:30 pm - 6 pm
Location: Mickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith St., downtown Houston
   
Don't forget to call or twitter the White House on this day!
More info on Guantanamo national action day here and here.
 
For more info on Houston event, visit www.facebook.com/events/473345786072185/ or call 832-512-4751.
 

 
April 7, 2013  -  Moroccan Society of Houston Spring Family Picnic
 
The Moroccan Society of Houston announces its Spring Family Picnic with games, food and fun.
  
When: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Time: 12 pm - 6 pm
Location: Kitty Hollow Park, 9555 State Highway 6 South, Missouri City
 
Food and soft drinks will be served.
Bring your family, your kids and your friends to share some joyful moments with other members.
 
Please RSVP to info@ by April 1.
 
For more information, visit www.moroccansocietyofhouston.org/.
 

 
April 7, 2013  -  IOCC Relief For Syria Dinner
 
Please join us for the IOCC Relief for Syria Dinner on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at St. George Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas.
 
Keynote speaker, Mark Ohanian, IOCC Director of Programs, will share details about IOCC’s humanitarian response to the Syria crisis.
 
When: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Time:
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:
St. George Orthodox Church, 5311 Mercer Street * Houston TX 77005
 

The sweeping violence in Syria has left some four million people in urgent need of help because of the conflict, and more than two million children, women and men displaced in their own country. Inside Syria, IOCC with church partner, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is one of very few humanitarian agencies still able to reach people in need with emergency relief items such as food, heating fuel and basic necessities like blankets and hygiene items.
 
Thank you for supporting IOCC. Your gifts will transform lives and help restore hope.

  
Click here for more information. Click here for event flyer.    
 

  
April 6-7, 2013  -  Houston Children's Festival
 
When: From: April 06, 2013 - April 07, 2013 (Recurring daily)
Times: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Tranquility Park, 400 Rusk St., Houston, TX 77002
  
Admission: $8 online; $10 at the gate
 
 
For more information, visit www.houstonchildrensfestival.com.
 

 
April 5-6, 2013  -  Rice University Conference on Political Economy of the Muslim World
 
The Baker Institute and the Association for Analytic Learning About Islam and Muslim Societies hold a conference to explore the political economy of the Muslim World.
 
Presentations will explore a variety of issues concerning political economy of the Muslim World, including economic performance, political participation, activism, identity formation and institutional change. The conference will commence with a half-day graduate student workshop. Organized jointly by the Baker Institute and the Association for Analytic Learning About Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), the conference is co-sponsored by the School of Social Sciences at Rice University.
 
2013 Conference Organization Committee: Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University), Mahmoud El-Gamal (Rice University), Murat Iyigün (University of Colorado Boulder), Asim Khwaja (Harvard University), Timur Kuran (Duke University), Melissa Marschall (Rice University)
 
Presenters (partial list): Eli Berman (University of California, San Diego), Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University), Eric Chaney (Harvard University), Fotini Christia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Mohamad Al-Ississ (American University in Cairo), Saumitra Jha (Stanford University), Timur Kuran (Duke University), Adria Lawrence (Yale University), Jared Rubin (Chapman University), Jasjeet Sekhon (University of California, Berkeley), Jacob Shapiro (Princeton University), Basit Zafar (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
   
When: April 5, 2013 9 AM to April 6, 2013 5 PM
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, Houston
 
All sessions are free and open to public. For more information, please contact Mahmoud El-Gamal, professor of economics and statistics, Rice University, at elgamal@rice.edu.
 

 
March 11-April 5, 2013 - "Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country" Exhibition
 
Arab Americans have been an integral part of the United States of America since its inception, contributing to our society in myriad ways, including public service. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that affirm the important role Arab Americans have played in our country throughout its history.
 
Patriots & Peacemakers highlights three specific areas of service: the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service and the Peace Corps. Personal narratives highlight Arab American men and women of different national and religious backgrounds. The exhibition, created by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, also encourages visitors to consider how commitment to service impacts them in their daily lives.
 
This multi-media, interactive traveling exhibit will be displayed at the University of Houston Alumni Center beginning Monday, March 11 through Friday, April 5, 2013 and is the culmination of four years of research on men and women who have served our nation with dignity, loyalty and sacrifice.
 
When: March 11 - April 5, 2013
Location: University of Hous
ton Alumni Center, 3100 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, TX 77223
      
Click HERE to view a list of the Houston Host Committee Members.
 
To download and print the Patriots & Peacemakers brochure, click HERE.
 
For the Patriots & Peacemakers bibliography, click HERE.
 

 
March 31, 2013  -  Iman Academy Annual Fundraising Gala
 
Iman Academy will hold its annual Fundraising Gala under the theme “Building the Morals & Minds of Tomorrow’s Leaders”.
 
The guest speakers will be Shaikh Abdelraoof Alkhawaldeh and Shaikh Mamdooh Mahmoud.
 
When:  Sunday, March 31, 2013
Time:  3:00 pm
Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive, TX 77054 (Across from Reliant Stadium)
  
Tickets: $25 per person, $50 per family. Babysitting available
 
For more information, questions or tickets, contact Najat ELsayed at 281-498-1345 or visit www.imanacademy.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 31, 2013  -  Palestinian Land Day Demonstration
 
Demonstration to commemorate the Palestinian Land Day.
 
When:  Sunday, March 31, 2013
Time:  5-7 pm
Location:  Galleria Area (corner of Westheimer & Post Oak), Houston
    
For more information, visit www.pac-usa.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 30-31, 2013  -  Al-Huda University Annual Convention 2013
 
The Five Pillars of a Happy Family Conference brings together Muslim families of all ages and nationalities from all areas. Regarded as one of the best family conferences in the nation, this two-day, action-packed event will provide you with the tools, techniques, and best practices you need to accomplish the objectives of a happy family. We have rented the entire school Gym for our Youth.
 
Located in the heart of Houston , the five-pillars of Happy-Family Conference hosts some of the very known scholars including Dr. Mohammed Nouh Al-Qudah ( Ex- Minster of Youth & Sport), and many others. This conference has a program for all family members.
 
When: Saturday March 30-English, Sunday March 31-Arabic, 2013
Where: 901 Yorkchester Dr., Houston, TX 77079
 
For more information, visit http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/amaanagroup/message/18856.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 30, 2013  -  Kids Easter Picnic
 
The ACC Arabic School Cordially Invites You to bring your kids and join us for Easter Picnic & Egg Hunt.
 
When: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099
 
Easter Fun Games! Egg Hunt! Pizza and Cupcakes!
 
Please call us for more information: 832-351-3366.
 

 
March 30, 2013  -  Driving to Zigzigland
 
Join us at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center (10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099) on March 30th at 6:30 p.m. as Houston Palestinian Film Festival in partnership with the Arab American Cultural and Community Center brings back one of our favorite films, Driving to Zigzigland (2006, HPFF 2008).
 
Director Nicole Ballivian will be in attendance and those who donate $100 to HPFF (tax-deductible) will receive a signed copy of the film as a thank you.
  
When:  March 30, 2011
Time:  6:30 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099
 
Seats are limited, so don't miss out! Tickets to the event are $10. We hope to see you all there.
   
Watch Trailer here.  For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
March 24, 2013  -  International Festival of Fort Bend County
 
As a tradition, the International Festival of Fort Bend is a free-admission, family event held at Stafford Center. The International Festival of Fort Bend, has proven to be a jubilant multi-cultural celebration that has featured hundreds of young participants. The Festival draws thousands of attendees every year. With highly captivating performances from over 30 cultures, ethnic foods, creative crafts, exhibitions, children’s activities and fun, the attendees get an opportunity to experience and enjoy the diversity under one roof. The International Festival of Fort Bend has symbolized the connectedness of people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds, race, religion and creeds as it celebrates and honors the diversity that exists in Fort Bend County. The theme for this year is “Children of the World”.
 
When: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Program: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Where: Stafford Center, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477
 
Please more information, visit www.internationalfestivaloffortbend.com.
 

 
March 23, 2013  -  Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium: Leadership, Activism & Service
 
MYLS is a signature program of CAIR. Its vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. CAIR strives to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
    
When: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 8 am - 8 pm
Location: Rice University
   
For more information, call 713.838.CAIR or visit www.cairhouston.org/myls2013.php.
 

 
March 22, 2013  -  Baker Institute 20th Anniversary Program -- U.S. Engagement on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and the Crisis in Syria
 
As part of its 20th Anniversary event series, Rice University’s Baker Institute, with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host the conference “U.S. Engagement on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and the Crisis in Syria.” Scholars and experts from the two institutions will participate in panel discussions and deliver featured addresses on the opportunities and risks for American foreign policy in these critical areas. The conference will conclude with a keynote speech by The Honorable Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria.
 
Conference panelists will include Baker Institute fellows and scholars Yair Hirschfeld, Samih Al-Abid and Andrew Bowen, as well as Woodrow Wilson Center Middle East Program experts Aaron David Miller and Robin Wright. Also joining the discussion will be Ambassador Fred Hof, former special representative to Syria, and the editor-in-chief of Asharq Al Awsat, Adel al Toraifi. 
 
Baker Institute founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian will speak on U.S. policy and the "Arab Spring" and moderate the panel discussion on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Miller will give a luncheon address on lessons learned from peacemaking in Israel and Palestine. The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Program director Haleh Esfandiari will moderate the afternoon panel on Syria.
 
After the conclusion of the afternoon discussion panel, Ambassador Ford will present his Shell Distinguished Lecture Series address. A reception will follow.
 
Shell Distinguished Lecture Series keynote address at 4:00 pm: The Honorable Robert S. Ford, U.S. Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic
 
Featured speakers, beginning at 9:30 am:

Samih Al-Abed, Ph.D., Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies, Rice University's Baker Institute

Andrew Bowen, Scholar for the Middle East, Rice University's Baker Institute

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director, Rice University's Baker Institute

Haleh Esfandiari, Ph.D., Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Yair Hirschfeld, Ph.D., Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin, Rice University's Baker Institute

The Honorable Frederic C. Hof, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, and Former State Department Special Representative to Syria

Aaron David Miller, Ph.D., Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Adel al Toraifi, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Asharq Al Awsat

Robin Wright, U.S. Institute of Peace-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
   
When: March 22, 2013
Time: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Doré Commons, James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, Houston
 
For more information and/or to register, click here.
 

 
March 22, 2013  -  Breakfast Briefing featuring US Ambassador to Syria
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce an exclusive round table discussion, featuring The Honorable Robert S. Ford, United States Ambassador to The Syrian Arab Republic.
 
During this candid conversation, Ambassador Ford will discuss topics including:
• The current U.S. policy toward Syria
• The international efforts to assist the Syrian Opposition Coalition
• His personal insight into Syria's potential economic future
 
Ambassador Ford is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, holding the rank of Minister Counselor. Previously he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria, Political Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Bahrain. In addition to receiving numerous State Department awards, in 2012 he was awarded the Profile in Courage award from the John F. Kennedy Library for his work in Syria.
  
When: March 22, 2013
Time: Registration: 8:30 am, Program: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Downtown - Houston, Texas*
        
Admission: Members $25, Non-Members $50
All guests must register. *Event location will be provided upon registration.
 
For more information, contact Ms. Vranae Pavlich (vranae@bilateralchamber.org or 813-445-4777).
 

 
March 22, 2013  -  Screening of "Under the Bombs"
 
The Arab Studies program at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and the Arab Student Union are happy to present a public screening of "Under the Bombs," a Lebanese film depicting events in the wake of the 2006 war, with English subtitles.
 
Middle Eastern food will be served, with a talk on the film by Abdellatif Adnane from the Houston Palestine Film Festival will follow.
 
Admission is free, so spread the word! Be sure to bring all your friends!
        
When: March 22, 2013
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Location: University of Houston, Room: Social Work 101
     
Click here for event flyer. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/asuatuh.
 

 
March 22, 2013  -  ACC Ladies' Group Arabic Mother's Day Celebration
 
The ACC Ladies' Group invites you to an Arabic Mother's Day celebration!
 
Bring your family and friends (ladies only) and come celebrate Mothers day with us.
 
Because Mom is so sweet every one should bring a dish of sweets.
 
There will be games, dance, music , door prize gifts and a treat for every mom!
 
So every mom can relax on this special day, a babysitter will be provided to watch children.
  
When: March 22, 2013
Time: 6 pm
Location:  Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, 77099
 

 
March 21, 2013  -  Syria: Transitional Government and U.S. Choices
 
Speaker: Frederic C. Hof
 
Since the beginning of Syria’s civil war, the US has struggled to come up with a policy that would end the bloodshed and hasten Assad’s departure, without the need for direct American military assistance. As the war continues and the death toll mounts, the US may be pressed to take a more proactive position. What are the options for US involvement now? What kind of role will the US play in a post-Assad Syria?
 
When: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: Registration begins at 6 p.m., Dinner: 6:30-7 p.m., Program: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: The Westin Oaks Hotel, 5011 Westheimer, The Roof, 21st floor, Houston, 77056
 
Frederic C. Hof is a senior fellow of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council and the former Special Advisor for Transition in Syria at the US Department of State. Ambassador Hof was previously the special coordinator for regional affairs in the Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. He advised Special Envoy George Mitchell on the full range of issues related to Syria, Lebanon and Arab-Israeli peace. He is the author of numerous books on the Middle East, including Beyond the Boundary: Lebanon, Israel and the Challenge of Change. His writing on the Israel-Syria, Israel-Lebanon and Israel-Palestinian tracks of the Middle East peace process has contributed positively to the body of literature promoting Arab-Israeli peace.
 
This event is organized by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
Registration is required.
 
Please click here for more information.
 

 
March 18-21, 2013  -  Israeli Apartheid Week at University of Houston
 
​​​​​​​​​​Monday, March 18th 2013
   Apartheid Wall and Palestinian Marketplace
   Butler Plaza (in front of MD Anderson Library)
   11 AM - 4 PM
   •Apartheid Wall Display
   •Checkpoint Simulation
   •Palestinian cultural exhibition
   Free food will be served​​​​​​

   Art Show: Human Rights Violations
   Honors College Commons
   5 PM - 8 PM
   •Human rights activist Greta Berlin
   Refreshments will be served​

Tuesday, March 19th 2013
​   Film Screening: Roadmap to Apartheid
   Oberholtzer Ballroom
   5 PM - 8 PM
   Refreshments will be served

​​​​​​​​​​
Wednesday, March 20th 2013
   Apartheid Wall and Palestinian Marketplace
   Butler Plaza (in front of MD Anderson Library)
   11 AM - 4 PM
   •Apartheid Wall Display
   •Checkpoint Simulation
   •Palestinian cultural exhibition
   Free food will be served​​​​​​


Thursday, March 21th 2013
​   Hungry for Justice Fast-a-thon
   Oberholtzer Ballroom
   5 PM - 8 PM
   ​Human Rights activist Alison Weir
   Complimentary dinner will be served​
 
    
Organized by Students for a Democratic Society at UH. For more information, visit http://houstonapartheidweek.wix.com/sdsuh#!iaw-2013/c1tkj.
 

 
March 20, 2013  -  Panel Discussion: America's Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
 
Join Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) for an informative discussion with professors and peers on our country's pivotal role in allowing Israel's human rights violations to continue unabated.
 
When: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Time: 5:30pm until 7:00pm
Location: University of Houston Oberholtzer Hall Multi-Purpose Room
 
Refreshments will be served.
 
For more info, visit www.facebook.com/events/495157570547737/.
 

 
March 17, 2013  -  Worldwide March for Syria
 
Come join the Alliance for Syria, Syrian American Council and Texans for a Free Syria for the Worldwide March for Syria to commemorate the second anniversary of the Syrian revolution on March 17.
 
March for Syria is a humanitarian and awareness event taking place in cities across the world on the anniversary of the Syrian revolution. This effort will raise awareness about the increasing humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the regime's brutal crackdown on the Syrian revolution for freedom.
 
Thousands of children in Syria have become victims of the indiscriminate attacks characterizing the regime's bloody crackdown. Brutal crimes have claimed the lives of over 70,000 Syrians, forcing more than one... hundred thousand families to flee their homes seeking safety in neighboring countries. Some estimates put the number of internally displaced at more than two million. Escalating violence against civilians in Syria has forced thousands of traumatized children to live in refugee camps surrounded by barbed-wire fences waiting and wondering when they can return to their normal lives. Each one of them has lost someone or something--a parent, a sibling, a friend, and/or a home.
 
We will start the walk at Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010 and end at Jones Hall, 601 Louisiana St, Houston, Texas 77002 to join our brothers and sisters at the Palestinian festival.
 
Please spread the word and invite your family and friends to join us for the Worldwide March for Syria on March 17!
 
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time:
1:00pm until 2:30pm
 

 
March 16-17, 2013  -  The 3rd Annual Houston Palestinian Festival
 
Keeping the Rich Traditions Alive Throughout Generations!
 
The 3rd Houston Palestinian Festival Presented by PACC, The Palestinian American Cultural Center will take place on March 16 & 17. Great weather, great food, great fun of folkloric and contemporary art and music. This will be a great event where there is something for everyone.
 
- Have a taste of healthy Palestinian Cuisine
- Enjoy and dance at the rhythm of the live Palestinian folkloric music and songs.
- Shop at the live Bazaar from Jerusalem and Bethlehem with Palestinian art, craft & products.
- Enjoy the Palestinian Art exhibit with top local and national artists
- Enjoy the art of the Palestinian embroidery at the traditional dress show.
- Be part of a real wedding that will take you back to the streets of the Palestinian village.
- Live the Palestinian Traditional and modern kids games
- Great gathering for families, youth, scholars and all Americans to live and taste and breathe the holy land in Downtown Houston.
 
PACC is also please to host Al Hanouneh Group at the festival.
 
When: Saturday & Sunday, March 16-17, 2013
Location:  Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002
      
Tickets sold at the entrance for $5 per person. Children under 12 FREE.
   
Our Mission: The mission of Houston Palestinian Festival is to share and educate the culture and heritage of the Palestinian people within the Houston community and the US and to provide a form of celebration unity and entertainment to the community at large. Come join us for an unforgettable event.
  
Click here for event flyer. For more information, visit www.pacchouston.org.
 

 
March 16, 2013  -  Humanitarian Benefit Dinner for Syria
 
The Alliance for Humanity (AFH) in collaboration with the Helping Hand for Relief & Development (HHRD) is organizing a fundraising & awareness event to minimize the plight of the Syrian people, who have been suffering, due to volatility in Syria since March 2011.
 
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 7pm
Location: Turquoise Turkish Center, 9301 West Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77031
 
It will be an inspirational evening with renowned speakers and local nasheed & spoken word talent.
 
For more information, call Najah Tibi 281-919-3325 / Maaz Adil 281-468-2238 / Ayub Hagi-Mohamed 713-517-8339 / Abdullah Elasmar 832-518-7050.
 

 
March 16, 2013  -  MAS Katy Annual Spring Fundraiser
 
Our exciting theme this year is: "Build a Masjid, Build a Community." And our distinguished
Guest Speakers for the evening will be: Shaykh Waleed Basyouni & Br. Rodwaan Saleh,
alhamdul’Allah!
 
Please bring your family & friends! There will be games, rides and many other fun activities for
the kids! Dinner will be served as well.
 
Please come and join us initiate Phase II Construction of the new Masjid! Plans for Phase II are the following:
  - Finish the entire building including: framework, stucco & glass.
  - Commence plumbing, electrical, sprinkler system & mechanical work.
 
Also, our Engineering Team will be conducting a Guided Tour @ 6:30pm.
 
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 6 pm
Location: MAS Katy Center, 1902 Baker Rd., Houston, TX 77094

For more information: 281-717-4622, katycenter@gmail.com, www.maskaty.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 13, 2013  -  Pakistan's Army - Culture and Conflict
 
Speaker:  Christine Fair, Georgetown University
 
Pakistan has been called ‘a nation ruled by its army’. But the army appears to be an institution that is poorly equipped to deal with the unprecedented challenges facing the country today. The economy is failing and relations with the US are at an all-time low. Can anything be done to restore civilian government, improve the economy, and re-establish positive relations with the U.S.?
 
C. Christine Fair is an assistant professor at the Georgetown Security Studies Program. Her research focuses on political and military affairs in South Asia. She has authored, co-authored and co-edited several books including, Cops as Counterinsurgents: Policing Insurgencies edited with Sumit Ganguly and The Madrassah Challenge: Militancy and Religious Education in Pakistan. Her forthcoming book covers the culture of the Pakistan army. Dr. Fair is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, Women in International Security, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.
  
When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027
 

Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
  
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
March 9, 2013  -  Maryam Islamic Center Springbreak Carnival
 
Event Coordinator - Waleed Mohiuddin - 832-623-1468
Marketing & Sponsorship - Hassan: 516-770-5330 - More info at
Vendors: Hira & Madiha - 832-331-3378 / 832-660-4354
Volunteers - Saba - 832-876-9152
picnic@maryamasjid.org
www.maryammasjid.org/sponsor
       
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Location: 504 Sartartia Rd., Sugar Land, TX 77479
   
For more information, visit www.maryammasjid.org.
 

 
March 8, 2013  -  Palestinian American Cultural Center's 3rd Anniversary Gala
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center (PACC-Houston) is pleased to announce it's Anniversary Gala will take place March 8, 2013. The Gala is designed to honor the sponsors of the Palestinian Festival that will take place in Downtown Houston March 16-17, 2013.
    
When: Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., Houston 77056
    
The Gala is a black tie formal attire event that will include reception, and a seated dinner and program that includes several entertainment and presentation items.
    
Click here for event flyer. For more information, visit www.pacchouston.org.
 

 
March 8-10, 2013  -  Food Drive For Syria
 
By Helping Hand USA and Alliance for Humanity

What We Need:
 
- Non-Perishable Foods (best before date of 8 months or more): Baby Formula, Powdered Milk, Cereals, Flour, Rice, Cooking Oil, Sugar, Salt, Granola & Honey-Oats Bars, Lentils, Beans, and Chick-Peas, etc.

- Non Food: New Hygiene-Kits including: Soaps, Tooth-Pastes, Tooth-Brushes, Hair Brushes, Women's Hygiene Products, etc.

- Household Items: New Pillows, Clean Bed Sheets & Pillow Covers, Sleeping Bags, Usable & Clean Utensils,Buckets, Detergent; and Mosquito Nets

- Medical Equipment & Supplies: Wheel-Chairs, Crutches, Walkers, Sanitary Pads, Gauze, and Bandages. Please no medicine.
 
When: March 8 at 11:00am until March 10 at 8:00pm
Location: Helping Hand In-Kind Donation Center, 11955 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77099
 
NOTE: While donating In-Kind Gifts, please consider donating $10 to $200 to cover the cost of sending containers. (One container has the value of $100,000+ worth in items, and the shipping cost per life saving container is $5,000)
 
Tax Deductible Receipts will be issued for your contribution: InShaAllah be kind towards In-Kind to save hundreds of lives. Contributions can be given at the In-Kind Gifts Centers of HHRD or by clicking this web-link: https://www.hhrd.org/donate.aspx?proid=96
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 2, 2013  -  Maram Foundation's Fundraising Gala
 
"Extending A Hand to Those In Need"
  
Featuring Master of Ceremonies ABC 13's Emmy Award winning News Anchor Art Rascon. Special honored guest and one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2012 Ali Ferzat, Political Cartoonist.
   
When: March 2, 2013
Time: Reception and Silent Auction at 6 pm. Dinner at 7:30 pm
Location: The Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010
   
Cocktail Attire, Tickets: $150 - RSVP by February 27, 2013 (832-607-1588)
 
The Maram Foundation is a Houston based organization that was formed to aid internally displaced refugees resulting from the Syrian crisis. The Syrian American Club encourages your support of this worthwhile cause.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 2, 2013  -  The Struggle To Protect Our Civil Liberties Continues ...
 
Muslim Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) First Year Anniversary
The Struggle To Protect Our Civil Liberties Continues ...

PROGRAM
3:00 – 3:10 pm Sign-In/Registration
3:10 – 3:15 pm Welcome by MC: Atty. Daphne Silverman
3:15 – 3:45 pm Br. Hassanain Rajabali - "Islam and Civil Liberties: A Paradox?"
3:45 – 3:55 pm A Word From Our Executive Director - Atty. Najmeh Vahid
3:55 – 4:05 pm Atty. Tariq N. Ahmed—Update on MCLU case(s)
4:05 – 4:15 pm Atty. Sana Saiyed—Update on MCLU case(s)
4:15 – 4:45 pm BREAK—Refreshments
4:50 – 5:15 pm Mr. Sean Ali Stone - "My Acceptance of Islam & The Shared Values of Justice and Liberty For All."
5:15 – 5:25 pm Masooma Razzak—Treasurer - Financial Report & Importance of Membership
5:25 – 5:55 pm Dr. Seyed Ammar Nakhshawani - "Examining the Constitution of Medina as a Model for Civil Rights Today"
5:55 - 6:00 pm Closing Remarks—Atty. Najmeh Vahid (Exec. Dir.)
7:00 pm MCLU-sponsored dinner with our guest speakers for honored guests, MCLU staff, and volunteers.
 
When: March 2, 2013
Time: 3 - 6 PM
Location: Shahnai Restaurant, 5920 Hillcroft St. Ste D, Houston, Texas 77036-3353
  

Admission Fees: Admission is free and open to the public. This is a fundraising event and MCLU is a tax-exempt organization, so we hope guests will donate and become members for less than $3 per month.
 
Seating: Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Honored guests and MCLU members will have reserved seating.
 
Live Coverage: To encourage attendance, there will NOT be live coverage of the event. We will upload the event on youtube and/or have DVDs for purchase within a few months of the event.
          
For more information, visit www.muslimclu.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 24, 2013  -  Rescue the People of Syria
 
The Syrian People Need Your Help!
 
In remembrance of the two years Syrians have been suffering, we invite you, your friends and your family to join us and help make a difference.
 
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER: Imam Shahir Raslan - Atlanta
GUEST SPEAKER: Brother Abdallah Boumediene (CEO of Life USA for Relief & Development)
      
When: February 24, 2013
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Location: ACC Houston, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston, TX 77099

 
This is a Free Event. We will be accepting closed-envelope donations.
Refreshments and babysitting will be offered.
 
 
Contact: Ayham Tibi: 832-283-0415, ILyas Choudry: 832-275-0786, Khaled Sawan: 832-298-0994.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 23, 2013  -  Palestinian American Bridge Annual Banquet
 
The Palestinian American Bridge cordially invites you to attend the organization's 5th Annual Banquet Event. The Keynote speaker will be Mr. Grant Smith, Director of the Institute of Research: Middle Eastern Policy - IRmep. Other speakers include: Ms. Alison Weir, President, Council for the National Interest and Executive Director, If Americans Knew and Ms. Pamela Olson, Author of "Fast Times in Palestine". The entertainment section will be performed by standup Comedian: Mr. Amer Zahr.
 
If you are interested in reserving a table (Platinum $10,000, Gold $5,000 or Silver $2,500) or to advertise for your business during the function to benefit the student scholarship fund (Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah Scholarship) or any other PAB projects (details will be presented at the banquet event) or just to buy tickets, please call the phone number on the flyer or e-mail us at pab-usa@hotmail.com.
 
In the last 3 years, 20 Student scholarships (Dr. Uwaydah Scholarship) were awarded by the Palestinian American Bridge Organization (PAB) to outstanding Palestinian students in the Houston Metropolitan area as well as the scholarship program that will include Palestine and the Diaspora (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza) directly through the UNRWA Fields in these countries with the recently signed Memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UNRWA and the Palestinian American Bridge (PAB).
     
When: February 23, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Westin Galleria / Plaza Ballroom, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, Texas 77056

     
Free Babysitting Available.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

For more information, visit www.pab-usa.org.
 

 
February 22, 2013  -  ACC Ladies’ Night Out
 
ACC Ladies’ Night Out Cordially invites you to our Valentine’s Get Together
Dress up in Red!
Bring a Salad to share and to enter competition
The first three winners will get a gift
Bingo Game
Party Favors for Attendees
Music and Dance
Hot drinks and desserts will be provided
  
When: Friday, February 22, 2013
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 

 
February 21, 2013  -  Rally to Demand FREE SAMER ISSAWI
 
Join us for a rally to demand FREE SAMER ISSAWI.
   
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Outside of the Israeli Consulate in Houston, corner of Weslayan and Norfolk
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 21, 2013  -  The Arab Awakening and Gender Challenges and Opportunities For Women
 
The Kelly Day Endowment on the Status of Women and Human Rights in the Middle East presents a conference to inform the public of the challenges and opportunities that women in the Middle East and North Africa face today as a result of the events of the Arab Awakening. Participants will propose recommendations for empowering and developing leadership opportunities for women in the region.
 
The event will feature discussions with women from the worlds of social media, journalism, entrepreneurship, law, politics and social activism.
  
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Doré Commons, James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, Houston
     
For more information and to register, visit www.bakerinstitute.org/events/MENAwomen.
 

 
February 21, 2013  -   Intrafaith Dialogue on Islam
 
An Intrafaith Panel Dialogue on Islam will be the next Bridge-Builder Series event for the Boniuk Center. We are excited to be partnering with Asia Society Texas Center and the Risala Foundation to co-sponsor this program as part of our Boniuk Center's Bridge-Builder Series. Our Bridge-Builder theme this year has focused on intrafaith dialogue within the three Abrahamic religions. This panel dialogue on Islam is the third of those three programs.

It will feature four Imams representing the African-American, Ahmadiyya, Shia, and Sunni traditions of Islam. Together, they will explore topics such as how cultural and generational nuances manifest themselves in various Muslim communities, the role of grace, fellowship, and forgiveness in their traditions, and what they most want those outside Islam to know about their faith.

Religious and Cultural Pluralism Commentator and Activist Mike Ghouse will serve as panel moderator. Mr. Ghouse is President of the Foundation for Pluralism and America Together Foundation. The four panelists include Imam Wazir Ali of Houston; Imam Azhar Haneef of Silver Spring, MD; Imam Moustafa al-Qazwini of Orange County, CA; and Imam Zia Shaikh of Irving, TX.
    
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Location:  Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston
Ample paid parking is available in the lot right across the street from ASTC.
     
A pre-event Reception will begin at 6:30 before the program starts at 7:00. Isha prayer space will also be available at ASTC that evening.
  
Reservations in advance are required to ensure that you get a seat for this event. Please make your reservation via ASTC in order to assure your spot.
 
Please click here for event flyer, or visit the ASTC or Boniuk Center websites for additional information about this event.
 

 
February 16-17, 2013  -  Annual Bilateral Model Arab League Conference
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Bilateral Model Arab League Conference (MAL). University students participating in the 2013 MAL will debate real time issues facing the strategic region of North Africa and the Middle East.
 
"The challenges of dealing with the revolutions, border disputes, democracy building, constitutional referendums and other real time issues facing one of the world's most exciting and strategic regions is what made MAL one of the most intellectually rewarding experiences during college." - Jeffrey Frankens, Alumni, Texas A&M University
 
Skills gained by MAL participants include: Public Policy Discussion, Diplomacy, Political Negotiation, Constructive Critical Thinking, Policy Research, Resolution Drafting, Public Speaking
 
Fees: $60 per team plus $30 per student
 
When: February 16-17, 2013
Location/Host: University of Houston, Honors College, 4800 Calhoun Road, 212 MD Anderson Library, Houston, Texas 77004
   
For more information or to register, please contact Ms. Tania Araissi at tania@bilateralchamber.or or 713-568-8492.
 
Resources for MAL, click here. Visit the Bilateral Model Arab League Facebook page.
 

 
February 16, 2013  -  Annual Texas Lunar Festival
 
The 17th Annual Texas Lunar Festival, the largest celebration of Asian Culture in the south central part of the United States, will be held from 10 am to 9 pm on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Amity Park, 12509 Alief Clodine Road (at Cook Road) in the heart of southwest Houston’s International District. The event is an international community event that fosters friendship among the diverse cultures of the Houston community and is sponsored by the Southern News Group and the International Trade Center, the premiere international business and cultural center located in southwest Houston.
 
This year's Festival will have an international theme highlighting the many countries and cultures of the world. The event's location will be divided into four international zones where food and entertainment from all over the world will be presented continuously. Celebration of Houston's rich cultural diversity in a positive and colorful atmosphere is what attendees will experience.
   
When: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time:
10 am - 9 pm
Location: Amity Park, 12509 Alief Clodine Road (at Cook Road), Houston
    
For more information, visit www.texaslunarfest.com. Click here for festival flyer.
 

 
February 15, 2013  -  5 Broken Cameras
 
Join Houston Palestine Film Festival and UH Global Film Series to see 5 Broken Cameras!
  
Five Broken Cameras (2011)- A powerful Oscar-nominated documentary about non-violent resistance in the West Bank. In Hebrew, Arabic, and English, 94 min.
 
If you missed 5 Broken Cameras at HPFF last festival season, here is your chance to see the Oscar-nominated documentary at UH.
 
Trailer     Link to interview in LA Times     Link to List of nominees
 
When: February 15, 2013
Time:
 7 pm
Location: Cemo Hall 100D, University of Houston (www.uh.edu/maps)
         
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
February 13, 2013  -  "Beyond Zionism, a new paradigm for peace in Palestine/Israel" by Miko Peled
 
Palestinians For Peace And Democracy presents a talk by Miko Peled on his book The General's Son. Miko Peled is the son of the late Matti Peled, a famous Israeli general. In Miko Peled's book, he describes his journey from loyal supporter to critic of Israel. He tells his story with unsparing honesty, passion, and humanity.
 
“Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. He has credibility, so when he debunks myths that Jews around the world hold with blind loyalty, people listen. Miko was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family. His grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and the Sinai.
  
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Time:
7:00 PM (Reception at 6:30 PM)
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
     
Tickets $15.00 - (Student: $10.00)
    
Book Signing will be available by Miko Peled after the presentation.
 
For more information, visit www.p4pd.org, or Click here for event flyer.       
 

 
February 12, 2013  -  Egypt’s Defining Moment
 
By Michele Dunne, Atlantic Council
  
The Egyptian government faces substantial challenges and hard choices. The economy is failing and conflicts in neighboring countries make stability and progress more difficult. With the world’s attention on Egypt, Morsi’s choices will define Egypt’s future. Will he be guided by Islamists or pragmatists, by the need for economic stability or the pull of the co-religionists who supported him? Egyptians are not only defining what they stand against, but what they stand for as well. What kind of society do Egyptians want for the future? What should the world expect of Egypt, under Morsi’s leadership?
 
Michele Dunne is director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Previously, she edited the Arab Reform Bulletin at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Doctor Dunne has served on the National Security Council, the State Department, and as a diplomat in Cairo and Jerusalem. Her research interests include Arab politics, political transitions, economic reform, Egypt, Israeli-Palestinian issues, and U.S. and European policies in the Middle East.
  
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time:
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 – 7:30p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027
    
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 9, 2013  -  Free Home Buyer's Seminar for The Arab American Community
 
Take advantage of the healthiest Real estate market in the U.S.!
 
“Houston is #1 in the Top Five Healthiest Housing Markets for 2013”
~REALTY BIZ NEWS
“Houston’s Housing Market is still sizzling…”
~HAR (Houston Association of Realtors)
“Houston rated #1 Healthiest Real Estate Market Going Into 2013.”
~AOL Real Estate
  
Century 21 The Real Estate Group is hosting one of the most informative home buying seminars in Texas.
  
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN…
* First Time Home Buying Programs.
* Buying Government Homes.
* Buying Foreclosed Homes directly from the bank!
* Renovation Loans.
* Refinancing & 2nd Home Purchases.
 
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Time:
11:00 am
Location: 13130 Memorial Drive, Houston Texas 77079
   
Register For this Seminar now!
*Complimentary Food and Bever
ages will be served.
         
Call 713-278-2555 to register.
 

Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 9, 2013  -  Unite and Fight for Health Care for All in Texas
 
Community Action Training
 
When: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm

Location: AFL-CIO Hall - 2506 Sutherland, Houston, Texas 77023
       
For more information, call 713-570-6242 or visit www.hcfat.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 7, 2013  -  The iFaith Dinner Dialogues!
 
Join the conversation at The iFaith Dinner Dialogues!
FUN & respectful conversation & free pizza!
 
We invite students from across the Houston area to participate in our dynamic interfaith youth dinner dialogue series. This evening will provide a respectful and engaging setting for youth from across Houston to discuss their own faith experiences and religious practices in a way that promotes understanding and builds friendships. Interfaith Ministries believes it is important for young people to have a safe place to learn about one another, combat stereotypes found in popular culture, and develop respect for one another as young citizens in a multi-faceted global world!
 
Open only to students ages 13 -18 (Parents & Youth Ministers contact us to send your student groups!)
     
When: February 7, 2013
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Drive Houston, TX 77057
     
For more information and to register, visit www.imgh.org/ifaithevents.
 

 
February 2, 2013  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer (FECC) Annual Fundraising Gala
 
The program will include:
-Guest Speaker:
Magda Iskander, MD
FECC, Egypt Chapter
Co-founder of Health and Hope Oasis
Wadi El-Natrun, Egypt
-Silent Auction
-Entertainment
   
When: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Time:
6:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Suites Hotel- Galleria, 2400 West Loop South, Houston
  
To reserve or purchase tickets, contact Dr. Samia Khalil (713-666-7678, Samia.N.Khalil@uth.tmc.edu)
 
FECC is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.fecchouston.org.
 

 
January 31, 2013  -  Texas Muslim Capitol Day
 
CAIR-TX is inviting Texas Muslim organizations and all of our coalition partners to participate in the upcoming 2013 event. This legislative session, we plan to increase attendance from all over Texas. Our goal for the 2013 session is to mobilize 350 people to attend Texas Muslim Capitol Day. During our visit to the 2011 legislative session, we provided information to law makers on proposed anti-Shariah legislation stating any attempts to ban Shariah would be an attempt to restrict our Constitutional rights. Additionally, we will work with our coalition partners to encourage immigration and criminal justice reform.
 
When: January 31, 2013
Location: Austin, Texas
 
For more information, visit http://texasmuslimcapitolday.com/.
 

 
January 26, 2013  -  Egyptian Revolution's Second Anniversary
 
Aldoustour Party-Texas will hold a special event on the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution and discuss the condition of Egypt's economy and the way forward.
 
Guest speaker, Dr. Mahmoud El-Gamal, Professor of Economics and Statistics at Rice University.
  
When: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time:
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Location:  Dandanah Cafe, 2707 Fountain View Dr., Houston, TX 77057
 
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
January 26, 2013  -  The Arab Spring and Democracy
 
The first meeting of 2013 for the Sharpstown Democrats will be this Saturday, January 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Bayland Park Community Center. As we've done for the last three years, we're kicking off the new year with a panel discussion. This year, the topic is "The Arab Spring and Democracy." Our speakers are Andrew Bowen of the Baker Institute at Rice University, Dr. Dina Al-Sowayel, Assistant Professor at the University of Houston, and representatives of international student groups at the University of Houston. It promises to be an informative discussion on a very timely topic.
     
When: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.
Location:  Bayland Park Community Center, Houston
 
Please remember to arrive at the meeting early, by 9:45 a.m. to meet and greet our guests and enjoy tasty refreshments.  
 

 
January 25, 2013  -  Struggles for Freedom: Arab Spring/Occupy Houston
 
a VBB living room art production (Voices Breaking Boundaries)
  
Artists include: Hosam Aboul-Ela, Ezzat Abouleish, Vanessa Bahmani, Shere Dore, Hany Khalil, Burnell McCray, and Michael Woodson
  
Struggles for Freedom gives voice to the Arab Spring movement two years to the day that Egyptian activists and protesters rose up in Tahrir Square to overthrow an autocratic government and demand justice and democracy. That was just a beginning. Now, two years later, VBB invites a dialogue about the changes and challenges of the Arab Awakening and the U.S Occupy movement, with which it historically coincides. The show features University of Houston Professor Hosam Aboul-Ela. His Egyptian heritage and recent travels to his second home promise a current and on-the-street insight of recent events, which still resound with the energy, promise and challenge that the initial uprising had two years ago. He will be joined by Occupy Houston activists in a historical, cultural, and political comparison of the two movements. Additionally, the event will include a short collage of videos by Michael Woodson to highlight comparative themes of Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. A slide show tracking the chronology of Occupy Houston movement by Burnell McCray will
set the stage for comments by Shere Dore, a spokesperson for Occupy Houston’s General Assembly. As a complement to McCray’s Occupy Houston’s visuals, photography by Vanessa Bahmani documents the voices of struggle and freedom from the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland movements.
 
When: Friday, January 25, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Location:  Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77004
$ Free    
 
There will be an opportunity for comments, questions, and dialogue from the audience. Refreshments and beverages will be served thanks to the Station Museum, Whole Foods Montrose and St. Arnold’s Brewery.
 
This event is cosponsored by KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Station Museum for Contemporary Art and Houston Institute for Culture.
 

 
January 17-21, 2013  -  Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Parade & Celebration
 
The Black Heritage Society (BHS) endeavors to keep Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream alive, forever, and proudly announces its 35th Annual “Original” MLK Birthday Parade and Holiday Celebration. More importantly, after more than 32 years, the BHS and its trusted partners (City of Houston, Metropolitan Transit Authority and Community Neighborhoods) will engage in an historical ground breaking ceremony dedicating the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue & Memorial Plaza” inside of Houston’s MacGregor Park.
  
When: January 17-21, 2013
  
For more details, click here.
 

January 20, 2013  -  ADC Houston Town Hall Meeting
 
Come meet the new Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) National President at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center. ADC President, Warren David will be visiting from Washington, D.C. to hear about the most pressing Arab American Issues, so let your voice be heard!
  
The purpose of ADC Town Hall meeting is to introduce the new national ADC President, Warren David and for him to meet members of the Arab American Community, to inform community members of the progress, current issues, and challenges facing the Arab American community, and hear feedback and interest of Arab American community members.
  
When: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Time:
Reception/refreshments 5:30pm, Meeting 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Arab American Cultural and Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
For more information, contact Ali Aoudi (281-844-3464) or Abdel Elkhadiri (281-804-7172).
 

 
January 19-20, 2013  -  Consular Services to Iraqis
 

تعلن القنصلية العامة لجمهورية العراق في لوس انجلس عن برنامج زياراتها الميدانية السنوي الى ولاية تكساس مدينتي هيوستن ودالاس لتقديم الخدمات القنصلية لاعضاء الجالية الكرام، حيث سيكون تقديم الخدمة في المواقع والايام المذكورة في الجدول ادناه
  

Houston - هيوستن  /  January 19-20, 2013
Hilton Double Tree Suites by Hilton Houston
(Galleria)
5353 Westheimer Rd. Houston , TX 77056
Phone 713-961-9000
  
Dallas
دالاس  /  February 9-10, 2013
Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria
4801 LBJ Freeway | Dallas, TX 75244
Phone 972-744-3240
  

وتهيب القنصلية العامة بالمواطنين الكرام التعاون مع الفرق القنصلية الزائرة بتقديم المستمسكات الشخصية الاصلية هوية الاحوال المدنية والمصورة والمستمسكات الاخرى المطلوبة الموضحة على ويب سايت القنصلية ادناه عند الزيارة لغرض انجاز معاملاتهم

 كما انه تسهيلاً لتحضير المعاملات قبل قدوم الفريق الزائر واختصاراً لوقت المواطن فانه بالامكان ارسال لمعاملة المطلوبة بعد طباعتها او كتابتها بشكل واضح الى العنوان الالكتروني الخاص بالقنصلية العامة في لوس انجلس او على فاكس القنصلية لغرض استكمال تحضيرها من جانب الفريق القنصلي الزائر وتسليمها مباشرة خلال الزيارة بعد تقديمه المستمسكات المطلوبة كافة
  

Website: www.mofamission.gov.iq/usala/ab/articles.aspx
Email:
cgoi_la@yahoo.com
Fax: 213-797-6091

 

 
January 19, 2013  -  ACC Annual Holiday Party
 
You are cordially invited to the Arab American Cultural and Community Center Annual Holiday Party at The ACC Ballroom.
 
Live Entertainment- Jabbour, Live DJ-Music & Dancing, Dinner Buffet by Fadi's Mediterranean Grill, Fun Gaming Tables, 8-11PM, Black Jack-Craps-Roulette, Beverages & Cash Bar. Door and Gaming prizes, And many other surprises!
 

When: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 12 AM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
 

Ticket price $50.00 Includes: Dinner Buffet, Live Entertainment, and 2000 Fun Gaming Voucher.  Sponsorship tickets $300.00 will includes 2 tickets in addition to preferred seating and listing in the program.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable
 
Valet Parking available • Security on premises
Baby sitting available for $20.00 fee per child up to 12 years old. Teens are welcomed
  
Proceeds from the event will go toward improvement of the ACC building
 
For more information & Reservations, please contact the ACC office: events@acchouston.org.
 

 
January 12 & 13, 2013  -  Meet Prize Poets Joudah & Larson
 
Public Poetry proudly presents two winners of the Yale Prize for Younger Poets, Fady Joudah and Katherine Larson, reading at Central Library (500 McKinney, Houston 77002), 4th floor, on Saturday, January 12, at 2 PM. This will be an exciting reading and we'd love to see you there. Click here for the Saturday event flyer.
  
Also on Sunday, January 13, when you're invited to meet both poets at Archway Gallery (2305 Dunlavy, Houston 77006) hear some more of their poetry and also enjoy a casual Sunday brunch from noon - 2 PM. Buy your tickets here for the Sunday Brunch!
There will be delicious food, from The Pinewood Café in Hermann Park, Rudyards and La Madeleine, plus art on the walls, a short reading by Fady Joudah & Katherine Larson, and champagne sparked conversations with poets and poetry lovers.  The brunch is also Public Poetry’s first benefit event, and it’s just $40 per person in advance ($50 per person at the door). Good poetry, good food, good conversation, all for a good cause! Limited space, so buy your tickets now!
 

 
January 13, 2013  -  Sky Lanterns For Syria
 
Local Houstonian peace activists have initiated a “Sky Lanterns for Syria” campaign event to raise awareness about the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and generate funds for children and families suffering under the dictatorship of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Lanterns will be made of rice and bamboo paper material that are eco-friendly and biodegradable. All the proceeds of the event will be going to a humanitarian organization, that delivers food baskets, medical supplies and needs of refugees (Helping Hand For Relief and Development).
  
The Syrian regime has launched a brutal crackdown for over 20 months to suppress an uprising for freedom, dignity and democracy. Thousands of Syrians have become victims of indiscriminate attacks characterizing the regime’s bloody crackdown, estimates of over 60,000 people have been killed. Brutal crimes have reportedly claimed the lives of thousands of children, forcing more than half a million families to flee their homes seeking safety in neighboring countries.
 
When: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Location: Cafe Mezza & Grille, 6100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas 77057

Visit the Facebook Event Page for more updates. Lanterns will be $10 each.

Contact: Abdullah Elasmar, Email: Abdullah.el2@gmail.com, Phone: 832-518-7050; Najah Tibi, Email: najahtibi@yahoo.com, Phone: 281-919-3325.