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.

 
 2012 Events

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December 22-25, 2012  -  MAS-ICNA Convention: "Our Beloved Youth and the Future of America"
 
It's finally here! It's our utmost pleasure to announce the approach of our annual MAS-ICNA convention on December 22-25.
 
This year's theme will chime a tune for all. We have chosen "Our Beloved Youth and the Future of America" to be this year's theme as it resonates with all: young and old, male and female. This year's conference will be even more phenomenal as we take you on a journey where knowledge meets application, where you will find resources at your fingertips, where we make sure that you leave our conference a better prepared person, ready to make a difference!
 
A few of our sessions:
  * Why Youth, Why Muslim Americans?
  * Inspiring American Muslim Youth
  * Youth Around the Prophet
  * Islamic Heritage in the U.S.
  * Giving Back to the Homeland Stay tuned for more interesting sessions and upcoming snapshots of our entertainment night!
  
For more information, visit www.islamnyou.com.
 

 
December 12, 2012  -  ACC Ladies' Group "Holiday Ladies' Night Out"
 
The Arab American Cultural and Community Center Ladies' Group will hold a Holiday Ladies' Night Out.
  
There will be dance, music, a talent show, and a gift exchange! Makeup and Jewelry vendors will also be available. Please bring a finger food item to share, and a gift for the gift exchange (price: not to exceed $10)! If interested in performing in the talent show, please come ready to present.
  
When: December 12, 2012
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
  
For more information, visit www.acchouston.org.
 

 
December 6, 2012  -  Israel, Palestine, and the New Egypt
 
By Khaled Elgindy, Brookings Institution
 
​While there is much that divides the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships, they share an enormous stake in the shape of Egypt’s future as well as a growing unease about what they have seen so far. How will the current political transition in Egypt impact the peace process and relations with Israeli and Palestinian leaders? Can anything be done to turn this time of uncertainty to a moment of opportunity for regional peace?
 

When:
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time:
Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 – 7:30p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027
 

Khaled Elgindy is a fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations. He held a number of political and policy-related positions in Washington. Elgindy writes on Arab-Israeli affairs, Palestinian politics, and Egypt’s transition including: The Middle East Quartet: A Post-Mortem; Palestine Goes to the UN: Understanding the New Statehood Strategy, and Egypt’s Troubled Transition: Elections without Democracy.
 
 
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
November 29, 2012  -  For All Humanity Luncheon
 
2012 Refugee Service Humanitarian Award Honoree: Alan Crain
Honorary Luncheon Chairs: Susan Boggio, Tehmina Masud
Luncheon Chairs: Lily and Charles Foster
 
When: November 29, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. Reception, Noon-Luncheon/Program
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027
 
Benefiting Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston's Refugee Services Department
 
For more information, contact Kent Loftin (kloftin@imgh.org, 713-533-4924).
 

 
November 22-25, 2012  -  Palestinian Youth League Convention: "Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders"
 
Palestinian American Council Proudly invites you to the first time ever in Texas: The Palestinian Youth League Convention: "Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders"

Who is invited: ALL Palestinian Youth
Location: Hilton Anatole Hotel - Dallas, Texas
 
Buses From Houston are Available
Departing Houston to Dallas: (Thanksgiving Day), Thursday Nov. 22 @ 9:00 AM
Departing Dallas to Houston: Sunday Nov. 25 @ 12:00 Noon
Bus Round Trip Cost: Houston - Dallas - Houston Per Person: $40
 
Convention Registration Fees: (4 Days; including hotel stay, food, Lectures, Workshops, youth talent gala, fun games, Comedy show, tours in Dallas, Banquet): $100
 
For more info on Guests, Leadership Workshops Schedule, Registration Forms, and Hotel, please visit: www.pac-usa.org, or Contact:
 
   Abo Bassam 713-820-3055
   Kamal Khalil 281-827-5934
   Brock Abdo 281-686-8121
 
Many Youth (Boys and Girls) already reserved their spots, please do not hesitate to make reservation for yourself and/or your youth at your earliest convenience.
 

 
November 21-25, 2012  -  ADS "Road to 2017" Convention & Gala
 
The American Druze Society Houston Chapter cordially invites you to the "Road to 2017 Gala"
Honoring Mr. Muneer & Mrs. Nouha Zaineldeen for their lifetime commitment and dedication to our community & Acknowledging the many friends and supporters joining us on our journey to acquire our very own ADS Houston Home & Cultural Center.
 
Keynote Speaker - Mrs. Manal Saab

When: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Time: Reception: 6:30 p.m., Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West Loop South. Houston, TX 77027
 
Make sure you RSVP to this event no later than Sunday, Nov 18th.
Email: Houston@AmericanDruzeSociety.org
Phone: (832) 305-6230
   
For more information, visit www.americandruzesociety.org.
 

 
November 17, 2012  -  Rally and “Walk for the Children of Syria” to Raise Awareness
 
Houstonians Participate in Rally and “Walk for the Children of Syria” to Raise Awareness
 
(Houston, Texas 11/14/2012) Houstonians will gather for a “Walk for the Children of Syria” as part of a global event happening in 21 cities across the U.S. and eight other countries on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Our event aims to raise awareness about the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, especially the children.
 
Ongoing brutality in Syria has claimed the lives of 3,327 children (documented by human rights experts at Center for Documentation of Violations in Syria http://vdc-sy.org/index.php/en/), and forced over 348,000 Syrians to flee to neighboring countries. Over two million Syrians are internally displaced from shelled areas inside Syria; families in other areas are double- and triple-hosting displaced families. This humanitarian crisis is at catastrophic levels. Thousands of traumatized children have lost a parent, sibling, or limb--and a home. Syrian activists are overwhelmed with relief work.
 
Our local version of the global event will end with rally outside the Chinese Consulate. The Chinese government has been consistent in blocking critical United Nations Security Council votes that would bring accountability and humanitarian relief to Syria.
 
What: Rally & Walk for the Children of Syria
When: Saturday November 17th from 3 pm to 5 pm
Where: Starting Point: High School for the Performing Arts (4001 Stanford Street Houston, TX 77006), walk and rally outside the Chinese Consulate (3417 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006), then walk back to High School
Who: Organized by Texans for Free Syria, Network of Arab American Professionals
 
Texans For Free Syria is a non-profit organization dedicated to support the Syrian people in their quest for liberty and democracy. The TFS goal is the establishment of a free, democratic, secular, progressive, and modern Syria with liberty and equality for all of its citizens.
 
For updates check Twitter hash tag: #Walk4Syria.
Register for the Event: www.walk4childrenofsyria.org
Facebook Event Page: “Walk for the Children of Syria - Houston” 
 
*No cash donations accepted, following UNICEF’s guidelines. Please bring checks and credit cards.
 
Contact Information: Omar Shishakly, Email: foxomar1@yahoo.com and texansforfreesyria@yahoo.com; Phone: (832) 858-0955.
 

 
November 11-17, 2012  -  City of Houston Citizenship Week
 
Celebrating the many faces of Houston.
 
For more information, visit http://citizenshipweek.org/.
 

 
November 16, 2012  -  GAZA Solidarity Protest
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
November 15, 2012  -  GAZA Emergency Protest
 
Click here for more information.
 

 
November 15, 2012  -  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 15, 2012
 
For more information or to register, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
November 10, 2012  -  Citizenship Workshop
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, together with NALEO Educational Fund, Neighborhood Centers Inc., and the Office of International Communities cordially invite you to our Citizenship Workshop.
  
For Persons Seeking to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
No-Fee Service! Attorneys/Accredited Representatives Will Be Present!
 
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Centro Familiar Cristiano, 11000 Dairy Ashford Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478
  
Attention Applicants! Room for walk-ins is limited! Please call for your appointment.
  
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.

    
For an appointment, directions, or information, please contact: Michelle Hernandez, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6541 or mhernandez@catholiccharities.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
November 10, 2012  -  MPA Anniversary Event: "The Future of Muslims in America: Building a Strong Community"
 
MPA is bringing together leaders to provide a road map for building a strong American Muslim community.
 
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative has been a pivotal figure in the struggle of American Muslims to find our voice.
 
Ramsey Clark, a former US Attorney General, has been a tireless advocate for the rule of law and the rights of all Americans, particularly minorities.
 
Professor Liyakat Takim is a widely respected scholar and former Imam who has authored numerous academic works on the progress of Muslim communities in North America.
 
MPA is pleased to bring this event to you in partnership with Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
 
When: November 10, 2012
Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Crowne Plaza, 7611 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 between Silber & Post Oak)
 
For more information, visit www.mpahouston.com.  
 

 
November 10, 2012  -  HPJC's Annual Peacemakers Awards Dinner with Bryan Stevenson
 
Enjoy dinner with Bryan Stevenson, HPJC's Awards Dinner Keynote Speaker and our 10th National Peacemaker Award Recipient. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a professor at New York University School of law and has gained national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system.
  
Stevenson has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice.
 
When: November 10, 2012
Time: Reception: 6:00pm, Dinner: 7:00pm
Location: Czech Center Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX 77004
Phone: (713) 960-0111 or toll free at (800) 613-3982
 
2012 Local Honorees:
• Ovide Duncantell - Founder of the Black Heritage Society
• Alice Macafee & Adriana Vasquez - Janitors for Justice
• Margaret Nosek, PhD - Ardent Activist for Disability & Healthcare Rights
  
Click here for more information.
 

 
November 3, 2012  -  MAS Katy Eid Carnival
 
When: Sunday, November 3, 2012
 
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
November 3, 2012  -  iFest Live 2012 International Festival & Vendor Fair
 
Ifest Live 2012, benefiting the Fort Bend Education Foundation, is an event that celebrates the tremendous diversity of cultures in our school district and county by highlighting its many unique traditions, arts, and foods as well as increases awareness for the Foundation and its mission!
 
ifest Live 2012 International Festival and Vendor Fair will offer a feast for the senses as booths from different countries display their cultural traditions, dress, food and crafts. During this international event, guests will be entertained by talented artists and students from FBISD as well as from a host of regional dance and music schools.
   
When: Sunday, November 3, 2012
Time:
10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Aliana’s new model home village, located west of Houston, on the Grand Parkway (State Highway 99) at West Airport (www.alianahouston.com).
 
Click here for
more information.
 

 
November 2, 2012  -  Amy Goodman in Houston: Election 2012 Silenced Majority Tour
 
Join Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and KPFT for a talk and book signing for her new book "The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope".

The Silenced Majority Tour started with the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and is running up to Election Day. Amy Goodman and co-author Denis Moynihan are traveling through many of the electoral swing states, going beyond the mainstream media’s obsessive focus on the latest poll numbers and candidate gaffes, to examine how people are organizing; the impacts of restrictive voter ID laws that are making it harder to vote; and how the massive influx of campaign cash following the Citizens United decision is changing how our democracy works.
 
Join us for the public event in Houston, hosted by KPFT - part of the effort to help raise critical funds for the public community television and radio stations across the country.
 
When: Friday, November 2, 2012
Location:
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1900 Bering Drive, Houston, TX 77057
 
There will be a meet & greet from 6-7 pm; tickets for the meet and greet may be purchased at this link: Meet & Greet
 
The main event begins at 7 pm, and tickets for the main event may be purchased at this link: Main Event.
 
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
 

 
October 27, 2012  -  Eid Festival for Syria Benefitting the Orphans and Refugees of the Syrian Conflict
 
Spread the Smiles! Eid Festival fro Syria Benefitting the Orphans and Refugees of the Syrian conflict
 
When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston 77099
 
Amazing Food, Bake Sale, Moonwalks, Sumo Wrestling Ring, Face Painting, Candy Bar, Shisha Cafe, Silent Auction for great items, Raffle for an iPad, and more amazing prizes!
 
For your advance tickets and to make donations, call 832.858.0955 or 713.291.2351, or go online at www.hhrd.org and click the Events link. You don’t want to miss all the fun!
 
All proceeds from this event will help the orphans and refugees of the Syrian conflict via Helping Hand’s Syrian Humanitarian Relief Fund.
 
Sponsors: Helping Hand, NAAP, Syrian American Club, Xtreme Lashes, Fadi’s, Muslim Women’s Society,

 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
October 26, 2012  -  Eid al-Adha
 
Eid Mubarak!
 

 
October 20, 2012  -  Lauren Booth, Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Shares Her Journey to Islam at Masjid El-Farouq
 
Come hear an amazing story of faith and conversion while supporting the cause of justice in America. Lauren Booth is Coming to the Clear Lake Islamic Center, Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Shares Her Journey to Islam .
 
Lauren Booth, who announced her conversion to Islam in October 2010, is the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She was married to actor Craig Darby and the couple has two children, Alexandra and Holly. As a journalist, Booth has written for the New Statesmen, the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. She is a vocal peace activists and a supporter of the Stop the War Coalition; a member of Woodcraft Folk, Media Workers Against the War and the National Union of Journalists. She has been a panelist on the BBC's Have I Got News For You, and a broadcaster on radio and television.
 
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Location: Masjid El-Farouq, 1207 Conrad Sauer Dr., Houston, TX 77043
 
Free and Open to the Public - Limited Seating • Arrive Early

Sponsored by The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA). For more information, visit www.mlfa.org.
 

 
October 20, 2012  -  ACC Annual Gala: “Hope and Unity in the Face of Change”
 
You are cordially invited to the Arab American Cultural and Community Center Seventeenth Annual Gala under the Theme: “Hope and Unity in the Face of Change” Honoring Mrs. Hoda Kardoush for her outstanding service to the community & Memorial Hermann Hospital's Community Benefit Corporation For Supporting Community Initiatives and Increasing Access to Healthcare.
  
Keynote Speaker: Sahar Aziz, Esq.
 

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Time:
Reception 6:00 PM, Gala Program, Dinner and Entertainment 7:00 PM
Location: Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, TX 77056
   
For more information, please contact: gala@acchouston.org.
 

 
October 19, 2012  -  Lauren Booth, Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Shares Her Journey to Islam at Clear Lake Islamic Center
 
Come hear an amazing story of faith and conversion while supporting the cause of justice in America. Lauren Booth is Coming to the Clear Lake Islamic Center, Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Shares Her Journey to Islam .
 
Lauren Booth, who announced her conversion to Islam in October 2010, is the sister-in-law of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She was married to actor Craig Darby and the couple has two children, Alexandra and Holly. As a journalist, Booth has written for the New Statesmen, the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. She is a vocal peace activists and a supporter of the Stop the War Coalition; a member of Woodcraft Folk, Media Workers Against the War and the National Union of Journalists. She has been a panelist on the BBC's Have I Got News For You, and a broadcaster on radio and television.
 
When: Friday, October 19, 2012
Time:  8:45 p.m.
Location: Clear Lake Islamic Center, 17511 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058
 
Free and Open to the Public - Limited Seating • Arrive Early

Sponsored by The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA). For more information, visit www.mlfa.org.
 

 
October 18-19, 2012  -  A Public Policy Conference: "The U.S. and the Middle East: The Future of the Relationship"
 
An esteemed group of policy makers and specialists who have their fingers on the pulse of US-Middle East economic, political, and security relations will explore the future of the relationship with the U.S. in light of a vastly revised international landscape. A significant outcome will be a set of recommendations on how to ensure a harmonious future.
 
A luncheon roundtable discussion will take place involving the Consuls General of Israel and Egypt (October 19).
  

When: October 18-19, 2012
Location: Magnolia Hotel, 1100 Texas Street in downtown Houston. Parking is behind the hotel.
   
The event is free to the public with the exception of the luncheon roundtable. We request that you register in advance to enable us to provide enough seating.
 
Please direct any questions to Ms. Dixie Groll at grollda@sfasu.edu. The event is held at the
 
Program and registration information can be found at www.sfasu.edu/middle-east.
 
Click here for conference flyer.
 

 
October 18, 2012  -  Young Leaders Forum: Muslim Youth Today
 
Haroon Moghul is a Fellow at New America Foundation and a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia University's Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies. His research focus is colonial India, and specifically Muhammad Iqbal's project of reconstructing religious thought in Islam. Haroon is the Fellow in Muslim Politics and Societies at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and is on the Board of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He holds an M.A. in Middle East and South Asian Studies from Columbia University. Haroon has appeared on CNN, BBC, al-Jazeera, NPR, The History Channel, and Russia Today. He is a Senior Editor at The Islamic Monthly and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He serves as an expert guide to the Muslim heritage of Spain, Bosnia, and Turkey.
 
When: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: Registration 4:00 p.m., Program 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: World Affairs Council of Houston Office, 2500 East TC Jester, Houston 77018

 
Registration required: edu@wachouston.org or 713 522 7811
 
Please arrive early for registration
 
Sponsored by World Affairs Council of Houston
 

 
October 17, 2012  -  A Journey Around the Arab-Spring Revolutions
 
Houston Community College-Central Campus in association with the Expatriate Arab Syrian Writer and Poet Tarif Youssef- Agha invites you to a Journey around the Arab-Spring Revolutions. The lecture will feature a Gallery for the expatriate Syrian artist Mohammad Baro.
 
Master of Ceremony: Omar Shishakly, Founder, “Texans for Free Syria”
 
6:30-7:00 Art Gallery, reception, refreshments and seating
7:00-7:05 Official welcome by: Dr. Cheryl Peters, HCC Executive Dean
7:05-7:10 A poem by Jose Salazar, Director Student Support Services Program
7:10-7:15 Power Point presentation
7:15-7:45 Guest Speaker Tarif Youssef-Agha, “A journey Around the Arab-Spring Revolutions”
7:45 - 8:00 Q & A with the Guest Speaker
 
When: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1300 Holman, Room #100 LHSB, Houston, TX 77004
 
This is a Free and Public Event (street parking or garage on Winbern @ La Branch)
  
For additional info, contact Tarif Youssef-Agha at 713-697-9595, or Jose Salazar at 713-718-6352.
 

 
October 13-14, 2012  -  Annual Houston TurkishFest
 
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Turkish Festival. TurkishFest 2012 will include live music and dance performances, demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts, hands-on workshops, informative presentation sessions on Biblical sites, ecological riches of Turkey, history, and more, children’s corner, a variety of prized tournaments, a grand-bazaar and selections from the world-renowned Turkish cuisine.
 
When: Saturday, October 13 to Sunday, October 14, 2012
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 13, 2012 -  Yalla Vote Phone Bank Volunteer Event
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) and the Arab American Institute will hold a Yalla Vote phone bank. AAI and ACC staff will host this volunteer event to get out the Arab American vote in Texas. Bring your phone and a laptop, and we'll provide an online phone banking tool and scripts for volunteers to call Arab Americans in Texas to encourage them to vote on Election Day. Each volunteer will receive a free Yalla Vote t-shirt.
 
  
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
  
Please contact Bobby Dale at bobby@acchouston.org if you’re interested in volunteering.
 

 
October 12, 2012 -  Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A U.S. Policy Imperative
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) of Houston and the Arab American Institute will host a town hall entitled “Israeli-Palestinian Peace: A U.S. Policy Imperative,” to discuss the latest political developments regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and explore what role the United States can and should play to overcome the numerous obstacles that are keeping a viable peace agreement from being achieved.
  
Join us for this important community discussion with Farouk Shami and Dr. Abdel-Kader Fustok to explore these issues and more.
     
When: Friday, October 12, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
   
This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP here. If you have any questions about the event please contact Samer Araabi at saraabi@aaiusa.org.
 

 
October 11, 2012 -  Closing Reception of Rose Water by Nazar Yahya
 
Wade Wilson Art cordially invites you to a special closing reception of Rose Water by Nazar Yahya to be held Thursday, October 11th. The reception will begin with a gallery talk with artist, Nazar Yahya, Wade Wilson, and special guest panelist, James Harithas of The Station Museum of Contemporary Art. 
 
Nazar Yahya was born and raised in Baghdad, started his art path as an illustrator for children’s magazines in the early 1980’s while he was still in high school. He then pursued his art education and graduated from the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1986. In 2008, he moved to Houston to start a new experience as an expatriate artist. Nazar’s works have been exhibited in the Middle East in Beirut, Bahrain, Amman, Dubai, and Qatar. They have also been exhibited in London, Norway, Bangladesh, and the US. His works are exhibited at the British Museum, Qatar Museum, and the Station Museum of Contemporary Art.
 
When: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Time: Gallery Talk: 5pm - 6pm, Reception: 6pm - 8pm
Location: Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77006
 
For more info, visit www.wadewilsonart.com
 

 
October 4-7, 2012  -  The Original Greek Festival
 
Come and join The Original Greek Festival, now in its 46th year, and be Greek for a day! Growing attendance over the years continues to create excitement as the word gets around, so bring your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy the festive atmosphere and our new expanded festival site. Facilities, children's activities, Athenian playground & seating capacity have also been expanded. OPA!!
 
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - October 4-7, 2012
Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex, Near downtown and the Museum District, 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
 
 
Please join us for this weekend celebration of Turkish culture!
 
This event is organized by the American Turkish Association.
 
 
For more information, visit www.greekfestival.org.
 

 
October 4-7, 2012  -  Silk Road Festival
 
The first ever Silk Road Festival will be held at the Stafford Centre from October 4th – 7th, 2012. Organized by the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians, the festival will give Houstonites a unique opportunity to enjoy the food, arts, crafts, dances, and music of Central Asia.
 
The “Silk Road” refers to the world’s oldest trade route: the network of cities and trails that once spanned the Afro-Eurasian landmass, linking Asia with Mediterranean Europe and Africa. For centuries, the Silk Road was the commercial center of the world, but it was also an incredible locus of cultural transmission. The Silk Road Festival celebrates this history by featuring the cultures of six countries that currently make up this historic region: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
 
Festival activities will be housed in a 52-foot tall tent constructed outside the Stafford Centre. Just like the ancient traders, visitors to the Silk Road Festival will be able to peruse booths displaying hand-made jewelry and scarves, charms, and hand-woven carpet. Genuine artisans from each of the featured countries will display their handicrafts and demonstrate the traditional arts of water marbling, calligraphy, stone-carving, and filigree.
 
Visitors will be greeted by actors in authentic costumes, and the grounds will be decorated with panoramas and replicas of the historic buildings of Central Asia. There will be multiple stages for performances by folk dancers and traditional musicians, including the world famous TURKSOY (The International Organization of Turkic Culture) folk dance group.
 
Cooks native to each represented country will also be on hand to prepare and share their traditional dishes. Festival-goers can freshen up with a cup of Turkish coffee or several glasses of tea. Kebabs, doner (gyros), baklava, and dumplings will all be available, not to mention maras ice-cream. With an expected attendance of over one hundred thousand, the Silk Road Festival could be one of the largest festivals in Houston.
  
When: October 4-7, 2012
Location: Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford TX 77477
 
  
For more information, visit www.silkroadfest.org.
 

 
October 4, 2012  -  A Poetry Reading by Amal al-Jubouri
 
Susan Kiernan Ahern Speaker Series
A Poetry Reading by Amal al-Jubouri

One of the most influential contemporary poets of Iraq, Amal al-Jubouri is the author of five collections of poetry, the latest of which, Hagar Before the Occupation, Hagar After the Occupation, has just been published in English by Alice James Books. A publisher, translator, and documentary filmmaker, she has become a major force for literary activism between the Middle East and the West. She founded the publishing house East West Diwan, which produced the first Arabic anthology of contemporary English poetry, as well as translations of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Lord Byron, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Nikos Kazantzakis and others.
 
She went into exile in Germany in 1997 and later organized the first Arabic-German poetry conference in Yemen. She was subsequently invited to be the Cultural Counselor for the Yemeni government, a role she continued while living in Berlin. She also founded the only Arabic-German poetry magazine, Diwan, and translated three major German poets into Arabic: Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Joachim Sartorius, and Annemarie Schimmel. Returning to Baghdad in 2003, she established the Iraqi branch office of the East West Diwan Cultural Foundation, as well as a German language school for orphaned girls. In 2007 she founded the Iraqi PEN in Damascus, and the following year produced her second documentary film, Books in Iraq Between Two Occupations, a look at literary piracy in the Middle East, which was screened at both the BookExpo America and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
 
Her poetry has excited the attention of some of the Arab world’s greatest poets and literary critics, including Adonis, Abdul-Wahab Al Bayati, and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. American poet and critic Alicia Ostriker has described her as one who will “take her place alongside Neruda and Tsvetaeva and Celan—poets of exile, yes, and poets of difficult truth.”
  
When: October 4, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: University of Houston-Downtown, Robertson Auditorium, 1 Main St., Houston 77002
  
Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center. Contact: creightonj@uhd.edu
    
For more information, visit www.uhd.edu/cec.
 

 
October 3, 2012  -  Twelve Moments of Spirituality and Healing, Islamic Tradition
 
Muslim Meditation with Ali Kemal Civelek
 
Join Ali Kemal Civelek for a meditation titled "The Beautiful Names of God." In Islamic tradition, the essence and truth of the universe is the names of God. Praying the names of God is a central devotional practice. Mr. Civelek currently serves as the Director of Houston Institute of Islam. He teaches Islam, Sufism and philosophy of Islam. He is doing his Masters in Faith and American Culture at Saint Thomas University.
    
When: October 3, 2012
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St., Houston, TX 77006
 
    
For more information or to register, visit www.rothkochapel.org.
 

 
September 27, 2012  -  Human Trafficking: Arab, South Asian, and Muslim Communities
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and DAYA present a Community Engagement Seminar: Human Trafficking: Arab, South Asian, and Muslim Communities
 
When: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
 
Join us as we discuss:
- Human Trafficking 101
- Social Services and Immigration Legal Relief for Victims
- Social Services and Immigration Legal Relief for Victims
- Law Enforcement Response
- Cultural Sensitivities Related to Identifying and Assisting Victims from Arab, South Asian, and Muslim Communities
- Other Forms of Assistance Available to the Arab, South Asian, and Muslim Communities
 
If you have questions or would like to register, please contact Manuela Alcocer at 281-202-6257 or malcocer@catholiccharities.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 24, 2012  -  Attack in Libya and Regional Implications
 
By Andrew Natsios, The Bush School
 
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US State Department officials were killed when protesters attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The consulate was set on fire by protesters enraged over a film that depicts the Prophet Mohammed in a derogatory manner. Attacks and protests also occurred in Egypt and Yemen. Coming on the anniversary of 9/11, the attacks shocked the world and brought unwanted attention to these new and fragile democracies. With no formal army and a fractured police service, how will the Libyan government respond to these challenges? Who is responsible for the attacks, were they coordinated, and how will the US respond?
 
Andrew S. Natsios is currently executive professor with the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M. Previously, he served as administrator of the US Agency for International Development, where he managed reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan. He also served as US Special Envoy to Sudan and vice president of World Vision US, the largest faith-based non-governmental organization in the world, with programs in 103 countries. He knew Ambassador Stevens well, as a friend and colleague. He is also the author of Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know.
 

When: Monday, September 24, 2012
Time: Registration: 11:30 a.m., Luncheon lecture: noon - 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Hyatt Regency Hotel - LUNCHEON, The Window Box, 2nd Floor, 1200 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002
 

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

 
September 22, 2012 - “Know Your Rights: Religious Freedom in School”
 
The ACLU of Texas and CAIR-Texas will be hosting a “Know Your Rights: Religious Freedom in School” presentation in Spring, TX. The presentation will cover frequently asked questions about religion in school, such as right to prayer, religious dress, religious clubs, bullying, and a school’s ability to teach religion in the class.
 
We hope you are able to attend and can pass the information on to any interested community members. Thank you for your time and we hope to see you on Saturday.
    
When: September 22, 2012
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Location: Barbara Bush Library at Cypress Creek, 6817 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX 77379
 
Facebook RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/events/233210126802311/
 
Co-hosted by CAIR-Texas.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
September 21, 2012  -  National Solidarity with Divine Prophets
 

The blasphemous film against the holiest personality of humanity is an insult to people of all faiths and Islam in particular. We urge all people of conscience to come out and express their opposition to such vulgarity that has no place in society.
 
We urge believers of all faiths and people of conscience to come out and express their opposition to the vulgarity, hate mongering, lies and insult of sacred beliefs that hurt sentiments of all believers in monotheism.
 
Peaceful Protest
   
When: September 21, 2012
Time:  Rally 3:30 pm; Speeches 5:00 pm
Location: Tranquility Park, Houston
 
Other venues: Washington, DC · Los Angeles · Toronto
 
Organized by Muslim Congress, www.muslimcongress.org
 
Click here for event flyer.

 

 
September 20, 2012  -  Breaking Barriers by Achieving your Stretch Goals
 
Speaker: Kulsoom Abdullah, PhD, Computer Engineering, Professional Weightlifter
 
Dr. Kulsoom Abdullah will discuss her remarkable journey from computer engineer to professional weight lifter and how goal setting, time management and a sharp focus contributed to her rapid rise to the national level. While her efforts have not been without their challenges, her story is one of perseverance, dedication and courage.
    
When: September 20, 2012
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.
 
All Attendees Must Register by September 19th. Online registration is free for MPA members. Non-members: $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Students with valid ID, $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
 
For more information, visit www.mpahouston.com.
 

 
September 15, 2012  -  CAIR's Banquet: "Upholding the Constitution, Defending Our Faith: Celebrating 10 Years of Success"
 
Council on American Islamic Relations-Texas Annual Houston Banquet
  
Theme: "Upholding the Constitution, Defending Our Faith: Celebrating 10 Years of Success"
  
Keynote Speaker: Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. He is a civil rights lawyer, hip-hop & electronica MC, independent columnist, non-profit leader, grassroots community organizer, singer and poet.
   
CAIR National Board President Omar Zaki, will also be present to share remarks.
 
When: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 6 p.m.
Location:
Westin Oaks Galleria, 5011 Westheimer Road, Houston 77056
 
Register today to reserve your spot. Tickets: $50. Childcare is $10.
Online registration closes September 8th and ticket price increases to $55/person.
 
For questions, email: info@cairhouston.org or call (713) 838-CAIR. For more information, visit www.cairhouston.org.
 

 
September 15, 2012  -  Day of Beautification at the ACC
 
Volunteers from Vineyard Fellowship have graciously committed their time to get to know the local Arab American community while doing light clean up of the ACC grounds.
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) is seeking 10-15 volunteers to spend this Saturday afternoon helping beautify the grounds while building understanding with another community organization.
 
The event will be held from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
 
Please send an email to membership@acchouston.org to volunteer!
 

 
College Scholarships to Underprivileged Students from Refugee Camps (posted on September 11, 2012)
 
  In its continuing endeavors to make a difference in the Arab society and community, the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) and its Scholarship Committee are excited to announce a collaboration with the Hope Fund Corporation to provide college scholarships to underprivileged students from refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.
 
Click here for more details.
  

 
September 8, 2012  -  Walk for the Children of Syria
 
Thousands of people will take part in a "Walk for the Children of Syria" at locations nationwide. The events are designed to generate vital funds for Syrian children suffering under Assad's regime and to raise awareness about the increasing humanitarian catastrophe as a result of the regime's brutal anti-freedom crackdown. Proceeds from the walks event will benefit the work of UNICEF.
  
When: Saturday, September 18, 2012
Time: 9AM - 11AM
Location: MacGregor Park (near University of Houston), 5225 Calhoun Rd., Houston 77021
 
Sponsors: Texans For Free Syria, CAIR Texas - Houston Chapter, MAS Houston, Network of Arab American Professionals
   
For more information, visit http://walk4childrenofsyria.org.
 

 
September 8, 2012  -  Flash Mob To Raise Awareness For Syrian Crisis
 
Local Students Organize Flash Mob To Raise Awareness For Syrian Crisis
 
Over 100 Houstonians are participating in a Flash Mob to raise awareness of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. The flash mob, organized by local high school and college students, is part of Houston’s Day of Action for Syria and will follow a walk to benefit Syrian children.
  
When: Saturday, September 18, 2012
Time: 12 noon
Location: MacGregor Park (near University of Houston), 5225 Calhoun Rd., Houston 77021
 

Reem Shaikh, main organizer of the Flash Mob stated, “We, high school and university students, came together to condemn the genocide in Syria. It is imperative in our global world to be aware of how innocent lives are being lost by the tyrant dictator, and we want raise awareness in a creative way. I hope and I pray that this flash mob becomes a supporting element in stopping the injustice in Syria.”
 
The Houston flash mob for Syria was inspired by a youth movement, #SilenceisBetrayal, through YouTube footage of their event in Sydney, Australia. See: Silence is Betrayal
 
“Silence is Betrayal” is a “movement of young people with a vision of raising awareness for justice in the world. If we remain silent, then we betray our moral obligations by not speaking out for justice and against injustice.”
 
If you would like more information or would like to coordinate coverage of the Flash Mob for Syria please contact: Saba Syed Email: ummreem@gmail.com; Phone: 832-212-2749.
 

 
September 5, 2012  -  ‘Voice Your Vote’ Muslim Voter Registration Drive and Civic Engagement Workshop
 
CAIR Texas to Hold ‘Voice Your Vote’ Muslim Voter Registration Drive and Civic Engagement Workshop
 
Starting in September, the Houston Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Texas-Houston Chapter) will host “Voice Your Vote” Muslim voter registration drives in Harris County and across Texas. The 'Voice Your Vote' campaign is designed to provide Texas Muslims with the tools needed to become more aware, engaged and represented in the political process. SEE: CAIR National Launches Muslim Voter Drive Toolkit
 
As part of Voice Your Vote, CAIR Texas-Houston Chapter has released a guide to voting in Texas. This guide includes information on when and where to vote, contacting local Republican and Democratic parties, and what to bring on Election Day. SEE: CAIR Texas Voting Guide
 
“We look forward to introducing the 'Voice Your Vote' campaign to the Greater-Houston community,” said CAIR Texas-Houston Chapter Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll. “It is critical to engage Texans in the political process. This election year offers a great opportunity to empower these community members with skills they can use to get involved and become their own advocate.”
 
Ist CAIR Texas 'Voice Your Vote' Drive:
Wednesday September 5: Iman Academy Southwest High School (2:45PM - 4:30PM)
6240 Highway 6 South, Houston, Texas 77083 in the Cafeteria
 
Civic Engagement Workshop:
CAIR Texas is partnering with community organizations, Texas Impact, Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Houston Chapter, CAIR Texas-Houston Chapter, and ISGH South East Zone to host program to empower American Muslims.

Sunday August 26: Legislative Advocacy Workshop, "Citizenship University" (1PM - 5PM)
Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) South East Zone - Masjid Abu Bakr
8830 Old Galveston Road, Houston, Texas 77034
 
Learn about: faith community's historic role in American democracy; how to be an effective advocate about issues you care about; the difference between public policy and partisan politics; how to have a good meeting with lawmakers and staff members; how to find your way around the State Capitol, and much more.
 
For more information, visit www.cairhouston.org.
 

 
September 1, 2012  -  ترنيمتان لمنفى واحد  / Poetry Reciting Cultural Event
 
Please join us for an exciting evening of poetry reciting by the Syrian Poet Ms. Evin Ebrahim and the Iraqi Writer & Poet Ms. Sozan Sami Jamil.
 
Both authors will also present and launch their new book ترنيمتان لمنفى واحد .
 

When: Saturday, September 1, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Location:
Al-Sham Center, 5729 Winsome Ln., Houston, TX 77057
  
Click here for more information.  Click here for event flyer.
 
Hope to see you there!  The Syrian American Club
 

 
August 8-27, 2012  -  La Terre Parle Arabe (The Land Speaks Arabic)
 
The award winning film documentary La Terre Parle Arabe (The Land Speaks Arabic) will air on TV Channel 17 Houston Media Source on the following days/times:
  
   August 8 @ 11 p.m.
  
August 14 @ 9 a.m.
   August 20 @ 9:30 p.m.
   August 22 @ 10:30 p.m.
   August 27 @ 10:30 p.m.
    
You can also watch HMS television online.
 
In this documentary, the late 19th century birth of Zionism - and its repercussions for Palestinians - is detailed with original source documents, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war. This award-winning film shines a spotlight on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement.
 
Maryse Gargour was born in Jaffa. She has been a journalist and a producer at the Office de Radio Diffusion et de la Télévision Française in Beirut. She has worked at UNESCO in Paris, at the International Council for Cinema and Television, and has also been a freelance journalist for international television news services in Paris. Her documentaries include: “Une Palestinienne face à la Palestine”, “Le Pays de Blanche”, "La Terre Parle Arabe" and wrote and produced "Jaffa la Mienne" and "Loin de Falastin".
 

 
August 26, 2012  -  Citizenship University – Advocacy Camp
 
The 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature opens on January 15, 2013.
There are 180 elected members of the Legislature…but every Texan can play a part.
Learn how YOU can help at Citizenship University Workshops!
 
Sponsored by: Texas Impact, ICNA, CAIR-Texas and local Masajid.
 
Citizenship “U” is the place to learn about:
   The faith community’s historic role in American democracy
   How to be an effective advocate for issues you care about
   The difference between public policy and partisan politics
   How to have good meetings with lawmakers and their staffs
   How to follow legislation online using the State of Texas website
   How to find your way around at the Texas Capitol
   Opportunities for action during the session
…and much more!
 
Who should attend Citizenship University?
   Community leaders
   Parents and teachers
   High school and college students
   Anyone who wants to be involved in the legislative process (or just learn about it)
 
When: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: ISGH South East Zone, Masjid Abu Bakr, 8830 Old Galveston Road, 77034
 
Click here to register.
 

 
August 25, 2012  -  MAS-Katy Eid Carnival
 
Moonwalks, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Animal Balloons, Pinatas, Face Painting, Volleyball League, Basketball, BBQ, Pizza, Funnel Cakes, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Snow conses
   
When: Saturday, August 25, 2012
Time: 5 pm - 9 pm
Location: MAS Katy, 1800 Baker Rd., Houston, TX 77094
  
For more info, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
August 25, 2012  -  Christian Egyptian Heritage Society Annual Gala
 
There will be dinner, entertainment, and silent auction. Proceeds from this event will benefit underprivileged children through the Coptic Orphans Organization.
 
When: August 25, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Sheraton Suites Hotel
 
For more info, visit www.cehs.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 19, 2012  -  Eid Al-Fitr Begins
 
From Figh Council of North America:
   
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah. On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1433 AH are established as follows:
 
1st of Ramadan will be on Friday, July 20, 2012
1st of Shawwal will be on Sunday, August 19, 2012
 
For more info, click here.
 

 
August 19, 2012  -  Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer
 
Eidul Fitr Prayer will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2012.
FREE Snacks, Water, Tea, and Toys & Rides for Children After Salat
Zakatul Fitr (Fitra) $8 per person
 

When: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Time: Takbeerat 9 AM, Salat 10 AM Exhibit Hall B
Location: Reliant Center - Reliant Park
 
Parking: $ 10 Per Vehicle; Entrances: Holy Hall off Fannin or McNee off Kirby Dr.
 
Click here for more details.
 
 

 
August 19, 2012  -  Eid Al-Fitr Brunch by Syrian American Club
 
Bring your children and let us get together and share this special occasion! Join the Syrian American Club family.
 

When: Sunday, August 19, 2012
Time:
12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Location: Cafe Byblos,
6134 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas 77057
  
RSVP is required by Thursday, August 16th. You may RSVP by listing total number of people attending, adults names and names and ages of children at the following link: http://syrianamericanclub.wufoo.com/forms/eid-alfitr/
 
Kids activities will be included!
Adults:  $25 members  /  $30 non-members
Kids 12 and under:  $15 members  /  $20 non-members
Children under 2: free
  
Eid Mubarak to all!  Have a safe and blessed Eid, we hope to see new and familiar faces!
   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 19, 2012  -  Eid Iftar Picnic by ACC
 
Arab American Cultural & Community Center Eid Picnic
  
Moon Walk, Face Paint, Balloons, Food & Drinks Available for purchase, Argheeleh
Bring your own Games / Balls, Games, Sports Items
  
Ayman Al Khateeb and Band
 
  
When: Saturday, August 19, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099

 
Bring your family!  $10 Admission per vehicle
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 17, 2012  -  International Day of Quds
 
In solidarity of the oppressed of the world. Quds Day is held annually on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
 
On International Day of Quds, People of conscience gather to express solidarity with all oppressed human beings of the world and particularly the innocent civilians of Palestine who are victimized by the oppressive and racist Zionist regime.
 
We invite all peace-loving people to voice their opposition to the unjust and illegal occupation of the great Al-Aqsa Mosque and the usurpation of the holy land by the Zionist regime.
 
When: Friday, August 17, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Westheimer and Post Oak (Galleria Area)
 
Organized by Al-Quds Committee.  For more info, visit www.freealquds.org.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 16, 2012  -  MAS Katy Duaa Khatum al Quran & Fundraising
 
Muslim American Society (MAS Katy) Duaa khatum al Quran & Fundraising
 
When: August 16, 2012
Time: 9:30 p.m.
 
Click here for more details.
 

 
August 14, 2012  -  Premiere Screening of “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out” Final Edition
 
Richard Gage, Founder of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, will be in Houston showing “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out” Final Edition.
 
There will be a Q & A session, and refreshments will be served.
 
When: August 14, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, 77074
 
Free admission. Donation suggested.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 12, 2012  -  MAS Iftar & Fundraiser
 
Muslim American Society (MAS) Annual Iftar Dinner and fundraising
 
When: August 12, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
Please be there and invite your friends to learn about MAS projects in the city and help MAS achieve it's goals and objectives in greater Houston. We ask Allah swt to help us in pleasing Him in this blessed month and May he accept our deeds and efforts - Ameen.
 
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
August 11, 2012  -  "Houston Iftar" Annual Ramadan Dinner with Mayor Annise Parker
 
Muslim Sister Cities Associations of Houston (Abu Dhabi, Baku, Istanbul & Karachi) Along with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, CAIR Texas & all Collaborating Muslim Organizations cordially invite you to attend "Houston Iftar" Annual Ramadan Dinner With Mayor Annise Parker, City of Houston.
 
When: Saturday, August 11, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, George Bush Grand Ball Room (3rd Floor), 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
 
Kindly RSVP by August 05 here, or RSVP to Muhammad Saeed Sheikh 281.948.1840 sluvfss@yahoo.com, Celil Yaka president@ttacc.org.
 
(Special thanks to: The Islamic Society of Greater Houston, His Highness the Aga Khan Council of Southwestern United States, Raindrop Turkish House, CAIR Texas & Bangladesh Association Houston for their Support)
 
COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS:
  Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH), American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI), Bangladesh Association Houston, Council on American Islamic Relations of Houston (CAIR), Dawoodi Bohra Masjid, Greater Houston Retailer Cooperative Association (GHRA)
  Hashoo Foundation, House of Charity, His Highness the Aga Khan Council of Southwestern United States, Houston Shifa Services Foundation (HSSF), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Ibne Sina Foundation, Ibrahim Islamic Center, Imami Council of Southern United States, Imamia Association, Institute of Interfaith Dialogue (I I D), Jamah Mecca Masjid-Beechnut, Karachi University Alumni Association, Makkah Masjid-Dairy Ashford
  Masjid al Mu'mineen', Masjid Warithuddeen Mohammed, Masjid At-Tawhid, Masjid Taleem, Mercy Community Center, Muslim Council of USA, Muhammed's Mosque # 45, Pakistani American Association of Greater Houston (PAGH), Pakistan Chamber of Commerce -USA (PCC-USA), Pakistani American Council of Texas (PACT), Rain Drop Turkish Center, Risala Foundation, Rupani Foundation, South Asian Chamber of Chamber, Sun Charity-USA, Sindhi Association of North America (SANA), Texas Turkish Chamber of Commerce, Tayaba Masjid-Katy Texas, The Institute of Islamic Knowledge (I I K)
 

 
August 10, 2012  -  National Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People
 
Mosques and Islamic centers nationwide will take part in a "Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People" to raise awareness about the growing humanitarian disaster created by that nation's dictatorial regime and to raise funds for civilian relief assistance.
 
The "Save Syria" coalition of national Muslim and Syrian-American organizations,* is asking mosque religious leaders (imams) to dedicate their sermons (khutbas) during the normal Friday congregational prayers to urge support for the Syrian people and their desire for freedom. Worshippers will be provided with information about accredited relief organizations serving civilians who have suffered at the hands of the Syrian regime. American Muslims and other people of conscience will also be asked to contact their elected representatives to urge action to help stop attacks on civilians.
   
When: Friday, August 10, 2012
Time: Prayer Time
Location: Mosques Nationwide (including Houston)
 
To find a local mosque taking part in the solidarity campaign, contact Syrian American Council Director of Government Relations Mohammed A. Ghanem (571-263-1310, m.ghanem@sacouncil.com).
 
*Sponsoring Organizations: (Alphabetical Order)
   Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
   Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
   Islamic Relief USA
   Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
   Muslim American Society (MAS)
   Muslims Without Borders
   Syrian American Council (SAC)
   Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
   Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF)
   Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO)
   Syria Relief and Development (SRD)
   United for Free Syria (UFS)
 

 
August 10, 2012  -  PACC Ramadan Iftar & Mahmoud Darweesh Scholarship Award Ceremony
 
The Palestinian American Cultural Center invites you to attend Ramadan Iftar and The Mahmoud Darweesh Scholarship Award Ceremony.
  
When: Friday, August 10, 2012
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
Have a Blessed Ramadan.
 
For more information, visit www.pacchouston.org.
 

 
August 9, 2012  -  Navigating Opportunities in Times of Change: Egypt Market Update
 
Ms. Dalia Sherif, a leading expert on the Egyptian business scene, and Mr. Mike Nassar, CEO of Energy Allied International, will share their first hand knowledge surrounding the many opportunities and challenges that exist for companies looking to do business in Egypt today.
 
Topics to be covered include:
•An overview of Egypt's oil and gas sector including; sector organization, the competitive landscape and key market players
•A market outlook with a political and economic analysis of the macro-environmental factors given the recent transitions; as well as an evaluation of recent market performance and prospects for future industry growth
•Egypt's environmental threat and opportunity profile
•Egypt post revolution an emerging market: business opportunities and timing
 
Although the 2011 revolution and the subsequent political transition have resulted in slowing growth and bilateral trade numbers, Egypt's strategic importance cannot be undermined. With the Suez Canal and Sumed pipeline becoming the key transit points for Persian Gulf oil and LNG Shipments, Egypt plays a vital role in the international energy markets.
 
When: August 09, 2012
Time: Registration 2:30pm, Program 3:00pm - 4:00pm
 
Members: $10 I Non-Members: $25
 
For more information, please contact Hala Al-Abdulwahed at hala@bilateralchamber.org or 713-880-8168.
 

 
August 9, 2012  -  Community Vigil in Solidarity
 
Mayor Annise D. Parker invites you to join her at a Candlelight Vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting.
 
When: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Steps of City Hall by the Reflection Pool, 900 Smith, Houston
 
Vigil candles will be provided. Dress comfortably.
 
For more information contact the Department of Neighborhoods Office of International Communities (832.393.1010 or oic@houstontx.gov).
 

 
August 9, 2012  -  Annual Pink Iftar
 
The Pink Iftar is the only program of its kind in Houston. This year, Heba Khan will open the program with a discussion about Islamic Mysticism and Women. Muslim women of diverse backgrounds will gather to welcome women from other faith traditions and lead a conversation about their life experiences and perspectives. Delicious foods from around the world will be served alongside engaging conversation.
 
Opening Remarks by Heba Khan, Assistant Editor at Feminist Economics
 
When: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Location:
Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002
 
Registration begins at 7:00 pm, Program begins at 7:30 pm
Tickets $40 until July 25, $45 beginning July 26
 
  
T
his is a women only event.
 
Presented by the Pink Iftar Committee, Brigid’s Place, and Christ Church Cathedral
  

For more info, visit ​http://www.brigidsplace.org/programs.html.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 8, 2012  -  NAAP-Houston Refugee Benefit Dinner/Iftar
 
Join us for a benefit Iftar. Dinner will be $20. CASH ONLY. NO credit cards or checks will be accepted. A donation box will be at the event and proceeds will be used to buy gifts for The Pink & Blue event hosted by Al-Amaaneh to benefit refugee children.
 
When: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Location: Mazaj Hookah Bar & Grill, 5615 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas 77057
 
Please RSVP to this event before the 7th of August so that we can reserve the proper amount of seating at the restaurant.
 
Please be considerate and arrive on time so that those who are collecting money at the front have a chance to sit and eat iftar with the group.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at NAAPHouston@yahoo.co or you can call Omar at 832 858 0955.
 

 
August 4, 2012  -  Rays of Change Benefit Dinner for Refugees by Amanaah Refugees Services
 
Performances by the Refugee Children
 
Speakers: Joe Bradford, Mamdouh Mahmoud, Iesa Galloway, Rodwaan Saleh
 
When: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Crowne Plaza River Oaks, 2712 Southwest Freeway Houston, Texas 77098
 
For more information, and/or to purchase tickets for the Rays of Change event or register as a sponsor, visit www.refugeelink.com.
 

 
August 3, 2012  -  Syria Benefit Iftar/Dinner
 
Iftar-&-Dinner to Benefit Minimum 850 Families suffering from the Volatility in Syria - More Families will be Assisted with Your Kind Consideration and Support.
 
Speakers:
   World Famous Father Paolo Dall' Oglio of Syria
   Imam Sheikh Eiad Soudan of Houston
   President of Masjid AL Ihsan Atlanta Shahir Raslan (Originally from Homs Syria)
   & Local Poets
 
When: Friday, August 3, 2012
Time:
6:30pm.-9:30pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7611 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024
 
 
Tickets:
  $50/Person, $15/Child (10-&-under - babysitting will be provided)
(Buy the tickets online at www.HHRD.org or call)
 
Donate at the event and get the Rewards & Blessings of Ramadan. If you cannot come, please do consider donating at https://www.hhrd.org/donate.aspx?proid=122
   

For more info, contact
Helping Hand For Relief & Development.
   Ayub Hagi-Mohamed 832-704-0329
   Maaz Adil 281-468-2238
   ILyas Choudry 832-275-0786
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
August 3, 2012  -  ACC Potluck Iftar
 
Join the Arab American Cultural & Community Center (ACC) along with your family and friends for a potluck Iftar.
 
Please bring a side dish, main course, or dessert of your choice to share with the community.
 
When: Friday, August 3, 2012
Location:
Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
To RSVP, please call the ACC Office at (832) 351-3366 or send an email to: membership@acchouston.org.
 

 
July 31, 2012  -  Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah Scholarship Deadline
 
The Palestinian American Bridge (PAB) organization is pleased to announce that a limited number of scholarships are available for the academic year 2012/2013. Ibrahim Uwaydah Scholarship, was established by the organization in honor of the late Dr. Ibrahim Uwaydah for students of Palestinian origin who study in the Houston area in higher education institutions, yet another major milestone in the organization's endeavors.
 
To be eligible for the scholarships, students must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien and be enrolled/accepted in a college or university program before September 1, 2012. Scholarship winners will be chosen at random.
 
For more details, including requirements and application, visit www.pab-usa.org.
 

 
July 27, 2012  -  HQA Annual Ramadan Iftar "Celebrating Success"
 
Houston Quran Academy invites you to Annual Ramadan Iftar "Celebrating Success"
 
When: Friday, July 27, 2012
Time: 6:30pm
Location:
Maharaja Restaurant, 3711 Highway 6 South, Houston, TX 77082
 
For more info, call 281-717-4622.

 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 25, 2012  -  NAAP-Houston Annual Iftar/Dinner
 
The Network of Arab American Professionals of Houston is hosting its annual Dinner/Iftar on Wednesday July 25th, 2012.
 
We have chosen the venue and space is limited so please don’t forget to RSVP your friend or significant other, as well. 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 food and medical supplies to Syrian people inside Syria through Helping Hands Relief and Development (HHRD).
 
HHRD is a global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations around the world. In addition to emergency relief efforts in natural or man-made disasters, we also work on long term relief and development programs. http://www.hhrd.org.
 
If you have any question or concern please contact us at NAAPHouston@yahoo.com or you can call Omar at 832-858-0955.
 

 
July 20, 2012  -  Ramadan Begins
 
From Figh Council of North America:
   
The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah. On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1433 AH are established as follows:
 
1st of Ramadan will be on Friday, July 20, 2012
1st of Shawwal will be on Sunday, August 19, 2012
 
For more info, click here.
 

 
July 19, 2012  -  Making Peace Through Understanding with Brother Mustafaa Carroll
 
Unity Peacemakers Presents..
"Making Peace Through Understanding with Brother Mustafaa Carroll"
 
Brother Mustafaa Caroll is the Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic-Relations Texas Houston Chapter. Br Mustafaa has more than 20 years experience in business and leadership, and 18 years as a corporate management consultant specializing in leadership, service and diversity.
 
The Unity Peacemakers seek to help our community to transcend fear, confusion, misunderstanding, and misinformation about other faith traditions. Br Mustafaa will be speaking on Islam, American Muslims and making peace through understanding.
 
When:
July 19, 2012
Time: 7 pm

Location: Unity Pyramid - 2929 Unity Drive, Houston, TX 77057
    
For more info, visit www.cairhouston.org
 

 
July 18, 2012  -  Islamic Architecture in America
 
With more than 6 million Muslims residing in the United States there is an ever-present demand for construction of mosques in U.S. cities. The evening will provide a reflection of American history with a focus on the integration of the Muslim community. Maryam Eskandari will present case studies of mosques in the United States to investigate the architectural design and socially negotiated places of the Muslim community.
 
The keynote speaker, Maryam Eskandari, is a Partner and Architect at M Squared Designs LLC art + architecture and a graduate of the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, where she is a Research Associate. Maryam has received many prestigious awards including the esteemed Aga Khan Award in Islamic Architecture for her work on Muslim Spaces in Contemporary American Mosques. Maryam is a contributing writer for PBS Frontline and New York's Elan Magazine. She has lectured on issues of Islamic Architecture at Harvard University.
 
All Attendees Must Register by July 17th.
  
When:
July 18, 2012
Time: 6 pm

Location: Embassy Suites, 11730 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77079
      
For more info, visit www.mpahouston.com.
 

 
July 15, 2012  -  CAIR Texas Know Your Rights As An American Muslim
 
CAIR Texas Know Your Rights As An American Muslim Workshop
 
Attend this dynamic workshop on knowing your rights.
 
What are your rights as a student? Should you take off time for Eid? What would you do if you experienced workplace discrimination? What if you wanted to make time to make Jummah prayer?
 
All of these questions will be answered by: Mustafaa Carroll, Executive Director of CAIR Texas
  
When:
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Time:
7:30pm
Location: MAS Katy Center 1800 Baker Road Houston, TX 77094
    
For more info, visit www.cairhouston.org
 

 
July 14, 2012  -  ISGH Cypress Islamic Center Fundraising Dinner
 
Speakers: Junaid Jamshed, Imam Wazir Ali, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik
 
When:
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Time: 5 PM
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 12801 Northwest Fwy., Houston, 77040
   
For more info, visit www.cypressislamiccenter.org, or call 832.413.1242.
 

 
July 9-13, 2012  -  iFaith Youth Camp
 
Interfaith Ministries will be holding its third annual iFaith Youth Camp from July 9th-13th at the Masjid El Faroque Islamic Center.
 
The camp is open to all students grades 9-12 and is focused on leadership building, interfaith dialogue and community service.
   
When: July 9-13, 2012
Time: 9 am - 5 pm
Location: Masjid El Farouq Islamic Center, 1207 Conrad Sauer Drive, Houston, TX 77043
  
To learn more and register, click here.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
July 8, 2012  -  The Syrian Revolution in the Eyes of the Arab Poets
 
In association with Texans for Free Syria (T.F.S.), the expatriate Arab Syrian poet Tarif Youssef-Agha is hosting a ‘Poetry Event & Mourning Dinner’ for the Souls of the martyrs who fell in the Syrian Revolution for the sake of freedom and dignity.
 
The event is titled “The Syrian Revolution in the Eyes of the Arab Poets”. It will present poems from Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, Mauritania, Libya, Algeria and Yemen. The poet will also recite selections of his latest works. The event will include a salute to the Syrian Revolution from the heroic Palestinian people, and a salute to the soul of the martyr singer of the revolution “Ibrahim Kashoush” in his 1st. memorial. Also, the expatriate Arab Syrian artist Mohammad Baro will have a Gallery for selective paintings in support of the revolution.
 
The poetry portion lasts 60 minutes. It does not include Fund-Raising and Baby-Setting is not available.
    
When: July 8, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Leonardo Conf. Room, Hotel Indigo 2nd floor, 5160 Hidalgo Street, Houston 77056
(Behind the Galleria, between Sage & Post Oak, Westheimer & Richmond)
 
This is a Free and Public invitation, so please forward it to your friends and try to make it early as seats are limited. 
 

 
June 29, 2012  -  Sisters Self Defense Seminar
 
By Trained Female FBI Agents
 
Program Includes:
 
   1 ½ hours Seminar focused on Women’s Self Defense and Self Awareness
   Interactive Lecture by female FBI agents
   Basic Self Defense Techniques by trained female FBI agents
   How to prevent attacks from happening
   How to avoid becoming a victim
   Safety and Security Issues
   Having a ‘Survivor’ mindset
       
When: June 29, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Katy Masjid, 1800 Baker Rd, Houston, TX 77094
 
For more info, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
June 18, 2012  -  Book Signing by Salma Abdelnour & Art Exhibit by Hadeel Mujarkesh
 
The Arab American Cultural & Community Center and the Arab-American Education Foundation cordially invite you to a Book Signing by Lebanese-American author Salma Abdelnour featuring artwork by local Syrian-American artist Hadeel Mujarkesh.
 
Salma Abdelnour is a writer and editor based in New York City. She has served as travel editor of Food & Wine, the food editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, and the restaurant editor of Time Out New York. Abdelnour, Houston native and world-renowned culinary enthusiast, recently released her book Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut with Random House Publishing Group. Jasmine and Fire is the tale of Abdelnour’s journey of attempting to resettle in Beirut and fumbling through the new realities of life in one of the world’s most complex, legendary, ever vibrant and ever troubled cities. Copies will be available at the event and at Brazos Bookstore.
     
When: June 18, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston, 77099
 
For more information, contact the ACC at (832) 351-3366.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
Free Arabic Classes for Public in Houston Libraries (posted on June 17, 2012)
 
  Dalili is offering free Arabic classes for public. The audiences are mostly children. The offered classes are ordered in ascending levels. Each level will give the information, and the skills required for the next level. The classes are conducted at one of the Harris County Public Library locations at 22248 Aldine Westfield Rd., Humble‎ Texas‎ 77338.
 
These classes are free of charge. To join you need to register and to download the books at www.arabicclasseshouston.com. Also bring a printed copy for your book in the class. Phone: (832) 356 8560
  
The Teacher of the classes is Taha Alaraby. He is Alazhar University graduate, and the author of the books to be taught.
  

 
June 16, 2012  -  Citizenship Workshop
 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, together with NALEO Educational Fund, Neighborhood Centers Inc., and the Office of International Communities cordially invite you to our Citizenship Workshop.
 
For Persons Seeking to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
No-Fee Service! Attorneys/Accredited Representatives Will Be Present!
 
When: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Mamie George Community Center, 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 202-6200
 
Attention Applicants! Room for walk-ins is limited!
Please call for your appointment.
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
 
For an appointment, directions, or information, please contact:
Alyssa Firkus, Catholic Charities (713) 874-6614 or afirkus@catholiccharities.org.
 

 
June 16, 2012  -  World Refugee Day Houston
 
World Refugee Day aims to raise awareness about the 21st century refugee challenge and celebrates refugees who have come from around the world and made Houston their new home.
 
The event is open to the public and will showcase various countries and cultures through music, art, dancing, children's activities and entertainment.
   
When: June 16, 2012
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Location: Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center 6500 Rookin St. Houston, TX 77074
 
For more information, visit www.refugeedayhouston.org.
 

 
June 16, 2012  -  Masjid Elfarouq Community Center Grand Opening
 
With the community's support, Masjid Elfarouq is please to invite the community for the Grand Opening of the newly built hall.
   
When: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Location: Elfarouq Mosque, 1207 Conrad Sauer Dr, Houston, TX 77043-4306 
 

 
June 16, 2012  -  Father's Day Celebration by Birzeit Society
 
Birzeit Society Texas Chapter will hold a special Father's Day Celebration. The special guest of honor is the famous Syrian actor, Mr. Mohammad Al-Chamat, also known as Abu Marzook in Bab Elhara. ****Come Meet Abu Marzouk****
 
There will be a private party held in honor of all fathers at Cafe Layal's banquet room. We will be treating all the fathers to a night to remember!
    
When: June 16, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Cafe Layal, on Richmond Ave., Houston
  
Tickets are for sale for $50 which will include: Appetizers, Salad, Steak Dinner, Dessert, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea (Tax and Tip included)
 
Musical Entertainment provided by Ayman El-Khatib and the Café Layal Band with Saadi and Yahya
 
Call or email for tickets and information:
   Musa Musallam 713-206-9000 or Musa@birzeitsociety.org
   Majida Baba 713-551-1124 or MajidaBaba@gmail.com
  
All Funds Raised will be going to the project of building a Basketball Court for Birzeit Club in Birzeit.
 

 
June 16, 2012  -  Save Mahmoud Sarsak’s Life
 
Mahmoud Sarsak a young member of the Palestinian National Soccer Team was detained at an Israeli checkpoint without any charges. Mahmoud has been on hunger strike since March 19. His condition is deteriorating rapidly and he may lose his life at any time now. He is only 25 years old. He is a fine soccer player and 3rd year college student. He has been incarcerated without any charge or trial since July 22, 2009.
 
This Saturday the Dynamo is playing against Dallas in Houston. Join us to inform Houston Soccer fans of Mahmoud's condition and to demand his release from Israeli prison and immediate medical care.
 
Call the Israeli consulate in Houston at 832-301-3500 or 832-301-3505 and let them know that Houston is giving a red card to Israel for their unlawful policies and the violation of basic Human rights.
      
When: June 16, 2012
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm (start of the game)
Location: BBVA Stadium, 2200 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77003
 
TWEET IN SOLIDARITY USING #MahmoudSarsak.
 

 
June 15, 2012  -  VBB Featuring David Barsamian
 
Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) closes our 2011-12 season with a special production featuring David Barsamian, who serves on VBB’s Advisory Board. Barsamian is director of Alternative Radio and author of many interview books, including Targeting Iran. One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging journalists, Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program and with his books, with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Edward Said, Eqbal Ahmad, and Arundhati Roy. His articles and interviews appear in The Progressive, The Sun, and other magazines and journals. This time, Barsamian will be talking about his new book Occupy the Economy (City Lights, May 2012) with Richard D. Wolff, Professor Emeritus of Economics at University of Massachusetts. In eye-opening interviews with prominent economist Wolff, David Barsamian probes the root causes of the current economic crisis, its social consequences and what can and should be done to turn things around. Occupy the Economy not only clarifies and analyzes the crisis in U.S. capitalism today, it also points toward solutions that can shape a far better future for all. Barsamian will be available to sign books after the talk and refreshments will be served. This special event is organized by long-time VBB Board Member Michael Woodson.
  
When: June 15, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77004
$ Free 
 
David Barsamian's talk is cosponsored by KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Houston Institute for Culture, and Station Museum of Contemporary Art.
 
For more info, visit www.vbbarts.org.
 

 
Now through June 14, 2012  -  "Where Do We Go Now" Film by Lebanese Film Maker and Director Nadine Labaki
 
"Where Do We Go Now", a film by Lebanese film maker and Director Nadine Labaki is showing at River Oaks Theater.
 
The film, which contains lots of songs and dancing, is about "a community beset by conflict between two faiths speaks out the desire of every citizen to live in peace. Set in a remote village where a Christian church and Muslim mosque stand side by side, director/co-writer/actress Nadine Labaki's (Caramel) ironically humorous drama follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with a variety of clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers. Winner of the People's Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival."
 
When: Now Playing
Location: River Oaks Theater, 2009 W Gray Street, Houston, TX 77019
 

 
June 8, 2012  -  Summer 2012 Moon Walk (featuring Syrian Artist Mohamad Baro)
 
The Syrian artist Mohamad Baro will show case his art about the Syrian Revolution at the "Summer 2012 Moon Walk" art exhibition.
   
When: June 8, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Location:  Heights Art Studios & Gallery, 214 East 27th. Street, Houston, TX 77008
Phone: 713-894-4480
    
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
Arabic School Summer Session at ACC (posted on May 24, 2012)
 
  The Arab American Cultural & Community Center will host Arabic School Summer Session.
 
Saturdays from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
June 9- July 14, 2012
Ages 5-16
 
Soccer After Classes
Other Activities upon Request
 
For More Information or to enroll, contact the ACC Office at 832-351-3366.
 

 
May 24, 2012  -  Libya and Yemen: Predicting an Uncertain Future
 
Barak Barfi, New America Foundation
 
Since the death of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi in October 2011, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has worked to bolster its political legitimacy as well as restore secure. However, the country faces many challenges: militias, weakness of state institutions, and tribal and regional conflicts that are imperiling the NTCs efforts.

Yemen faces even greater obstacles in the wake of the revolution that disposed long time President Ali Abdallah Salih. With splintered armed forces, a faltering economy, warring factions, and extremist Islamic groups taking over large swaths of territory, the new government will be hard pressed to unify the country.

The path ahead for Libya and Yemen is uncertain. Will the emerging governments be able to unify their countries, strengthen their economies, and provide jobs for the overwhelmingly young populations?
 
When: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: World Affairs Council Office, 2500 East TC Jester, Suite 350, Houston 77008
 
Barak Barfi is a research fellow with the New America Foundation, specializing in Arab and Islamic affairs. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, New Republic, Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst, and CTC Sentinel, in addition to being regularly featured in Project Syndicate. He is also a frequent commentator on CNN, BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and France 24, and has testified before Congress about the threats posed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A former visiting fellow with the Brookings Institution, he lived in Yemen and spent six months in Libya during the revolution.
 
For more info, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 19, 2012  -  "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" Film
 
CAIR-TX, Houston Co-Hosts "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" - Houston Premiere
 
When: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: 3pm
Location: Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston TX 77045
 
From Executive Producers Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer and Director Rob Gardner
 
UPF is proud to present its latest documentary film, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. Exploring themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color, and Water, the film takes audiences on a global journey to present the stories behind the masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture. Event length: 2.5 hours.
 
Complementary tickets available for the first 50 people to register! Each registree is allowed one (1) guest.  Use code: CAIR HOUSTON.  http://IslamicArtHouston.eventbrite.com
 
Children 11 and older & encouraged to attend. Younger children may be overwhelmed by a historical documentary. Limited babysitting is available for $10 with advance reservation.
 
Organizations needed to serve as publicity partners, schools needed to bring students, financial sponsors needed, please contact: info@rreventmanagement.com.
 

 
May 18-19, 2012  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
Films at Rice Media Center
 
Friday, May 18, 2012 7:00pm
Hudud by 12 Dheishe Palestinian Filmmakers
Five Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
 
Reception following films. Oud music by Adnan Hamdan and My Country’s Sand, a photo exhibit by Khalil AbuSharekh.
 
Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:00pm
Cliches by Nadine Naous
Warda by Louise Marie Colon and Delphine Hermans
Now Here Nowhere by Roy Miles, Jr. and Tarik Kazaleh
No Laughing Matter by Vanessa Rousselot
 
Reception following films. Oud music by Adnan Hamdan and My Country’s Sand, a photo exhibit by Khalil AbuSharekh.

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

 
May 16, 2012  -  Can Diplomacy Prevent a War with Iran? The Choices and Challenges for US Policy
 
Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council
 
How can the United States best address the stalemate in relations with Iran? Has diplomacy completely failed or could there be a way to resolve differences even at this low point?
 
When: May 16, 2012
Time: Registration: 4:00 p.m., Program: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX 77027
 
Trita Parsi, a Middle East foreign policy expert with extensive Capitol Hill and United Nations experience, interviewed 70 high-ranking officials from the U.S., Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the top American and Iranian negotiators. He contends that diplomacy with Iran did not fail, it was never fully tried and has now been abandoned. He will discuss the American and Iranian negotiations during Obama's early years as president, the calculations behind the two nations' dealings, and the reasons for their current stalemate.
Trita Parsi is the President of the National Iranian American Council. His book, A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran, will be available at the program.

   
For more info, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 15, 2012  -  Politics of Kurdish Crude
 
Denise Natali, National Defense University
 
Approximately 75,000 barrels per day of Iraqi oil went off line recently, as Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region accused the central government of failing to make payments for ten months and halted its oil for export. Baghdad however, claims that the KRG has not submitted full receipts for payment and continues to smuggle its crude to Iran, instead. It was only the latest clash in their long-running dispute over oil rights, contested land, and the political autonomy of Kurdish Iraq.
 
As friction ensues, companies wait to see Baghdad’s willingness to fulfill payment obligations, the legitimacy of Kurdish contracts, a national oil legislation, and who will have decisive authority over the North’s mineral resources. How will this situation resolve? What are the prospects for development?
  
When: May 15, 2012
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Federal Reserve Bank, 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston, Texas 77019
 
Denise Natali is the Minerva Chair at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. Over the past two decades, Dr. Natali has worked in the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria and is the author of publications on Kurdish politics, economy, and identity. Her current research is on federalism and the political economy of post-Saddam Iraq, with a focus on the energy sector. Dr. Natali received a PhD in political science at the  University of Pennsylvania and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) at Columbia University.
 
For more info, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 13, 2012  -  Demonstration Commemorating the 64th Anniversary of the Palestinian NAKBA
 
When: Sunday, May 13, 2012
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Galleria area, corner of Post Oak and 5000 Westheimer, Houston, Texas
      
Sponsored by Palestinian American Council (PAC).
   
For more info, call Kamal Khalil at 281-827-5934 or visit www.pac-usa.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 12-13 and 18-19, 2012  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival
 
The Houston Palestine Film Festival 2012 will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on May 12 & 13 and at Rice Media Center on May 18 & 19.    
 
We are excited to announce that Sameh Zoabi, director of the acclaimed film, Man Without a Cell Phone, will be IN ATTENDANCE on opening night on May 12th at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Please purchase your tickets in advance and come early to find parking.
 
Films at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
 
Saturday, May 12, 2012 7:00pm
Man Without A Cellphone by Sameh Zoabi
 
Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:00pm
Haneen by Ossama Bawardi
Kingdom of Women, Ein El Helweh by Dahna Abourahme
 
Films at Rice Media Center
 
Friday, May 18, 2012 7:00pm
Hudud by 12 Dheishe Palestinian Filmmakers
Five Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
 
Reception following films. Oud music by Adnan Hamdan and My Country’s Sand, a photo exhibit by Khalil AbuSharekh.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 7:00pm
Cliches by Nadine Naous
Warda by Louise Marie Colon and Delphine Hermans
Now Here Nowhere by Roy Miles, Jr. and Tarik Kazaleh
No Laughing Matter by Vanessa Rousselot
 
Reception following films. Oud music by Adnan Hamdan and My Country’s Sand, a photo exhibit by Khalil AbuSharekh.

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

 
May 12, 2012  -  Darul Arqam Schools of Houston Job Fair
 
An excellent opportunity to diligently serve the Muslim Community for a better overall society.
 
Hiring Principals, Coaches and Teachers (PK-12).
   
When: May 12, 2012
Time: 9am–3pm
Location: ISGH Main Center, 3110 Eastside Street, Houston, Texas 77098
 
Bring Your Resume!
 

 
May 11, 2012  -  Free Palestine Art Show
 
An exhibition dedicated to demonstrate love and solidarity to those in need and injustice in the Palestinian struggle through the arts. The event will showcase 25-30 distinct artists from Houston of different backgrounds to show compassion and solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle.
 
When: May 11, 2012
Time: 7-11 pm
Location: War’Hous Visual Studios, 4715 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
 

The funds raised will be used to pay for the gallery space, promotion, art supplies, food, drinks, documentation of the event through video and photography.
  
This is a show to give a voice to the voiceless through art. 50 % of all sales in the art show will be donated to organizations dedicated to Palestine.
         
For more information, click here.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
May 11, 2012  -  Know Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim Townhall
 
Come and learn how Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment is impacting civil rights. The presentation will include what Muslims can do to minimize the negative effects of Islamophobia, and build positive relationships and coalitions. Participants will learn what their basic civil rights are, and how to assure their rights are protected at work, school, and in the public square. Attendees will also learn what to do when contacted by law enforcement, if stopped by police, and when stopped while traveling at the border or in the airport.
 
Featuring CAIR Texas Executive Director, Mustafaa Carroll and a civil rights attorney to answer your questions.
 
When: Friday, May 11, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Location: Woodlands Masjid, 15217 Sunset Trail, Conroe 77384
 
Visit the Facebook Event Page for more information.
 

 
May 10, 2012  -  Islamist Parties in the New Middle East: What the West needs to know
 
By Marc Lynch, George Washington University
 
After decades of being marginalized, Islamist parties have won elections across the Middle East. Having taken power democratically, will they govern democratically? What is their vision, who will join them, and to what extent will they alter the region’s geostrategic architecture? Dr. Lynch will discuss rising Islamists movements, the social contexts that have shaped them, and the implications for the West.
 
Dr. Marc Lynch is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of Voices of the New Arab Public (2006); State Interests and Public Spheres: The International Politics of Jordan's Identity (1999). He is also the author of the Middle East politics blog, Abu Aardvark at Foreign Policy magazine.
  
When: May 10, 2012
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 info, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
May 6, 2012  -  ACC Annual Family Picnic
 
Please join us at the ACC for our annual Family Picnic!
 
Come enjoy a day full of family fun! Some activities include: Music, Delicious Food, Games and Activities, Soccer, Basketball, Moon Bounces
 
Purchase your food & Argilah at the door! Food will be served at 4:00 PM
 
Come enjoy and Share a nice day out with your friends and neighbors!
 
  
When: May 6, 2012
Time:
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
 
For more info, visit www.acchouston.org.
 

 
May 5, 2012  -  Groundbreaking of New Katy Masjid
 
Muslim American Society (MAS Katy Center) will hold a GROUNDBREAKING event for the NEW Masjid building and Annual Spring Fundraising.
 
Speakers: Imam Wazir and others.
 
The event includes games for kids, food and fun for the entire family. Please feel free to invite your friends and let's have a big celebration all together!!
  
  
When: May 5, 2012
Time: 5 pm - 9:30 pm
Location:  MAS Katy Center, 1902 Baker Rd., Houston, Texas 77094
 
For more info, visit www.mashouston.org.
 

 
May 1, 2012  -  Roundtable Update on Saudi Arabia
 
Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce Presents Ambassador Series: Roundtable Update on Saudi Arabia
 
Join us for an exclusive roundtable briefing with T.H. James B. Smith, Ambassador of the United States to Saudi Arabia and Amer M. Kayani, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at Embassy of the United States in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Arabian government has committed to a $400 billion investment budget through 2013 aimed at creating opportunities for the private sector. Best prospects for U.S. companies include the sectors of infrastructure, education, health, security, social and municipal services, water, sanitary drainage, roads, electronic commerce and scientific research support.
 
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their business interests and challenges with the Ambassador and the Commercial Counselor in an off-the-record private setting.

 
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Time: Registration & Breakfast: 08:30 AM, Program: 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
 
Admission: Members - $30, Non-Members - $50
 
If interested in this member-only opportunity, please contact Hala Al-Abdulwahed at Hala@bilateralchamber.org.
 
 
For more info, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
April 30, 2012  -  Offshore Technology Conference: 15th Annual Arab Delegate Reception
 
Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce Presents it's 15th Annual Offshore Technology Conference Reception
 
Meet the MENA Region Delegates

When: Monday, April 30, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, 7:00 pm Award Ceremony
Location: InterContinental Hotel, 2222 West Loop, South, Houston, Texas 77027
 
Members: $20 registration, Non-Members: $60 early registration
 
For more information, to register, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact Amanda Dramberger at amanda@bilateralchamber.org or 713-880-8168.
  
For more info, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
April 29, 2012  -  Palestinian American Council Family Picnic
 
KIDS’ GAMES are FREE
Food and Refreshments are available
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Hookah أرجــــــــــيلة is available
  
 
When: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Time:  3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
  
This will be a great day of fun for the entire family.
 
Sponsored by the Palestinian American Council.
 
 
For more information, visit www.pac-usa.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 15 through April 29, 2012  -  "Dignity for Palestine" Exhibition
 
Dignity for Palestine Exhibition by Sandra Chen Weinstein
 
Exhibition Dates: March 15-April 29, 2012
Opening Reception: March 15, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
  
"Sandra's photographs are artfully framed, with a disarming intimacy that reveal a vibrant, complicated community, one we rarely see in the American press.
"By picturing what is now, Chen’s photographs provide continuity, therefore the prospect of a future for those she photographs, and herself. Out of the vast socio-political rupture of economic oppression and war comes a need to see and imagine one’s self through images that provide new identities and possibilities."

-Carol McCusker, Adjunct professor, University of San Diego and former Curator of Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
 

 
April 28-29, 2012  -  Houston International Festival
 
The 2012 Houston International Festival, spotlighting Argentina, takes place April 21/22/28/29 in the streets, plazas and parks of downtown Houston. The festival features six stages of music and dance, educational and cultural exhibits in the Chevron Living Museum, children's activities in the Green Mountain Energy Kids World, international arts and crafts markets, international cuisine vendors, street performances, and much more.
     
For more information, visit www.ifest.org.
 

 
April 28, 2012  -  Let’s Help Rebuild Egypt Fundraising Dinner
 
Speakers:
   Hanan Turk, Famous Egyptian Actress
   Amr Ellissy, Famous Egyptian Speaker
 
Fees: $25 for Adults, Kids Under 12 are Free
  
Contact:
   Rodwaan Saleh (972) 522-8773, rsaleh@irusa.org
   Abdul Rahman Bakri, Aelbakry90@gmail.com
 
When: April 28, 2012
Time: 6 pm
Location: Hilton Houston Westchase, 9999 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77042
 
Dinner Provided, Childcare Provided
 
Event Supported by Dar Al Salaam and the Houston Egyptian Community at large.
  
For more info, visit www.irusa.org.
 

 
April 23, 2012  -  Future of Egypt and Tunisia
 
By Yoav Di-Capua, University of Texas
 
Council Cabinet Only (World Affairs Council of Houston)
 
When: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
     
For more information, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
April 22, 2012  -  Sham El Nessim & Easter Celebration
 
Sponsored by the Egyptian American Society Houston
 
Lunch: Burgers, hot dog, ringa and condiments, ice cream, melons and Kahk
Activities: egg hunt, tug of war, piñata, face painting, sac race, Backgammon
We will also have indoor setting with music
 
When:  April 22, 2012
Time:  3 PM - 6 PM
Location: Arab American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Road, Houston 77099
 
RSVP: eas@gmail.com.
 
Tickets: $15 for adults; $5 children; children under 2 free
 

 
April 21-22, 2012  -  Houston International Festival
 
The 2012 Houston International Festival, spotlighting Argentina, takes place April 21/22/28/29 in the streets, plazas and parks of downtown Houston. The festival features six stages of music and dance, educational and cultural exhibits in the Chevron Living Museum, children's activities in the Green Mountain Energy Kids World, international arts and crafts markets, international cuisine vendors, street performances, and much more.
     
For more information, visit www.ifest.org.
 

 
April 21, 2012  -  “Muslim Americans: Building a Vibrant & Faithful Community” ISNA Conference
 
In association with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston.
  
Confirmed Speakers: Zaid Shakir, Mohamed Magid, Muzammil Siddiqi, Tayyibah Taylor, Altaf Husain, Azhar Azeez, Safaa Zarzour, Waleed Basyouni, Omar Inshanally, and many more
 
Conference Features: ISNA, MSA & MYNA Sessions • Bazaar, Saturday Banquet with
Keynote Speaker, Childcare, and much more!
   
When:  April 21, 2012
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive • Houston, 77054
   
Early Registration Deadline : April 10
Adult : $35, Hus band & Wife : $65, Student : $27, Family Up To 4: $120,
Family more than 4: $27 Each , Childcare : $25
   
Click here to register onlineClick here for event flyer.
 

 
April 21, 2012  -  A Night of Family Entertainment
 
Al-Furqaan Foundation presents A Night of Family Entertainment with world renowned nasheed artists - Junaid Jamsheed from Pakistan, Ahmed Bukhatir from UAE (for the very 1st time in USA) and cast of Allah Made me Funny - Azhar Usman, Preacher Moss & Mo Amer and Motivational Speaker Sh. Monzer Taleb.
 
When:  April 21, 2012
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location: The Pakistan Center, 12638 Bissonett, Houston, TX 77099
    
For more information, click here.
 

 
April 20, 2012  -  Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble
 
In the Presence of Absence: An Homage to Mahmoud Darwish
 
Lebanese Master Marcel Khalifé will perform the prophetic poems of the Arab World’s most renowned and beloved poet, Mahmoud Darwish, in tribute to the Arab Spring.

The poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, the melodies of Marcel Khalife, resonating across the Arab world from the Middle East to North Africa, resounding above the din of conflict and poverty, singing instead of the shade of grapevines, the bright eyes of loved ones, the heartache of divisions and decline that could be healed, love that could be returned.
 
When:  Friday, April 20, 2012
Time:  8 pm
Location:  Jesse H. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77002-2796
 
Marcel Khalifé, Lebanese master of the oud (Arabic lute), evokes this world, honoring the spirit of his late friend and associate Mahmoud Darwish a strikingly original Palestinian poet born in Palestine whose poetry has been translated to more than 25 languages worldwide and extensively published in the US. Khalifé’s new concert program, In the Presence of Absence: An Homage to Mahmoud Darwish, revisits and re-imagines the ties that bound these two powerful advocates of Arab culture, one that weaves the rich complexities of its great history, the diversity of its cultures with the humanity and longing of today and deeply expressed by the dawn of the current monumental Arab spring sweeping the Arab world.
 
Presented and sponsored by The Arab-American Educational Foundation in association with Society for the Performing Arts.
 
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
 
Event Flyer.
 

 
April 20, 2012  -  Fundraising Dinner For Muslim Center of Cypress
 
Muslim Center of Cypress (MCC): A Masjid & Community Center Project Coming NearTomball & Fairfield in Cypress Texas.
 
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA Houston Unit), a registered 501 (c)(3) and Texas Non-Profit Organization, involved in the Outreach Work of Islam and various services to the Muslim Community since 1960s, is establishing the Muslim Center of Cypress in the Northwest part of the Greater Houston Region near Tomball (FM2920) and Fairfield area. For this purpose, a ten acres of land is being purchased, which will include a Masjid, Community Center, and much more.
 
When:  Friday, April 20, 2012
Time:  7:30 pm
Location:  Tempura Restaurant, 10640 FM1960 (just east of Jones Road), Houston, 77070
    
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 17, 2012  -  No Culture Without Freedom by Marcel Khalife
 
Marcel Khalife, Lebanese master of the oud (Arabic lute) and pioneer in blending Arabic music with Western elements and instruments, will discuss the interconnection of culture, creativity and freedom in a talk, “No Culture without Freedom.” The UNESCO Artist for Peace is no stranger to the subject. His music refuses to be tied down by ideology and has been the voice of protest against those who suppress all forms of thought and expression. In his own words, “There is nothing else like creation and culture to stimulate the expansion of the brain in humans, creatures who especially distinguish themselves by their aptitude to dream.”
  
When: April 17, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street at the corner of Sul Ross Street
 
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Arab-American Educational Foundation.
 

 
April 17, 2012  -  Demonstration to Protest US Funding of the Israeli Occupation (misusing our taxes)
 
Protest the US Administration misuse of our Taxes through the illegal, unlimited, and unconditional finance of the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, and the continuous atrocities against the indigenous Palestinians.
  
When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: United States Post Office – Downtown Houston, 401 Franklin St. Houston, 77201
 
Sponsored by Palestinian American Council (PAC).
  
For more info, call Kamal Khalil at 281-827-5934 or visit
www.pac-usa.org.
 

 
Now through April 15, 2012  -  Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
 
The acclaimed traveling exhibition Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs features more than 100 artworks, most of which had never been shown in the United States prior to this tour. These spectacular treasures—more than half of which come from the tomb of King Tutankhamun—include the golden sandals found on the boy king´s mummy; a gold coffinette that held his stomach; golden statues of the gods; and King Tut's rings, ear ornaments, and gold collar.
 
Also showcased are objects associated with the most important rulers of the 30 dynasties that reigned in Egypt over a 2,000-year span. The exhibition explores the splendor of the pharaohs, their function in both the earthly and divine worlds, and what "kingship" meant to the Egyptian people. Among the highlights is the largest likeness of King Tut ever discovered: a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of a funerary temple.
 
When: October 16, 2011-April 15, 2012
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005
 
For more information, visit www.mfah.org/exhibitions/tutankhamun-golden-king-and-great-pharaohs/.
 

 
April 14, 2012  -   Iman Academy Schools & Childcare Centers Job Fair
 
Excellence in FAITH. Excellence in Education. One of the top Islamic schools, SACS Accredited, Competitive Salaries & Benefits, Excellent Working Condition
  
Seeking qualified Teachers and Administrator for the schools and childcare centers. Have your resume handy.
 
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: Hilton Americas (room 340A-340B), 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 14, 2012  -   National Muslim Spelling Bee
 
The World's First National Muslim Spelling Bee competition is on April 14th, 2012 and it is regionally hosted by Al-Hadi School of Accelerate Learning. Registration is now open to Children (up to 14 years old) from Islamic Schools, Public School , Private School and Home Schools. Deadline to register is April, 11th, 2012.
 
Muslim Spelling Bee competition will be held at 10 regional locations across the nation this year and the finals will be held in Chicago, Illinois. The registration can be done by parents, guardians, teachers or school administration. Please register by going to http://muslimspellingbee.com/Register.aspx
 
Muslim Spelling Bee event was recently held in Darul Arqam New Jersey, Orange Crescent School, California & Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Here is the list of leading Islamic Schools hosting the regional competition this year.
 
Dates for the competitions are as follows:
 
March 2012:
4th - Darul Arqam, New Jersey, New Jersey
17th - Orange Crescent School, Garden Grove, California
24th - Mohammed Schools of Atlanta, Atlanta-Decatur, Georgia
31st - American Youth Academy, Tampa, Florida

April 2012
7th - Precious Sprouts Of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Michigan
14th - Al-Hadi School of Accelerative, Houston, Texas
15th - Islamic School of Irving, Dallas/Forth/Worth, Texas
21st - MCC Fulltime Islamic School, Morton Grove, Illinois
28th - Al-Ihsan Academy, New York, New York
 
Finals: May 5th 2012 - Chicago IL (location TBA)
 
For more info, visit www.iec-houston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 13, 2012  -   Sonali Kolhatkar of "Uprising" in Houston
 
Sonali Kolhatkar, host of the syndicated news program, Uprising, airing on Pacifica's KPFK and KPFT, will be in Houston on Friday, April 13 speaking to the community on the subjects of social justice, citizen journalism, and the budding "Human Spring," the story of the phenomenal protestors around the world from the global Occupy Movement, to European Austerity demonstrators, to the regime changing Arab Spring.
   
When: April 13, 2012
Location:
St. Paul's Methodist Church, Fondren Hall, 5501 South Main Street, Houston  
 
A Meet & Greet (also at Saint Paul's), will be held from 6-7 pm (admission is $50 per person).
The main event will start at 7 pm and admission for that is $10 per person.
Tickets to either the meet & greet or the main event can be bought in advance here
 
All proceeds will benefit listener-sponsored KPFT Radio.
 

 
April 11, 2012  -  Stereotypes and Realities of the Middle East Today
 
Educator's Forum: Stereotypes and Realities of the Middle East Today by Barbara Petzen, Education Director, Middle East Policy Council
   
Teachers will learn about the Stereotypes and Realities of the Middle East:
 
Media and the Middle East: How We Know What We Think We Know
Where is the Middle East, Anyway? Mapping and Reading Maps
What is Islam and Whow is a Muslim?
Muslims in the US: Using "A Land Called Paradise"
Best Resources and Strategies for Teaching the Middle East: Film and Literature
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Time: Registration: 3:45 p.m., Program: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: World Affairs Council of Houston, 2500 East TC Jester, Suite 350, Houston, 77008
 
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided
 
Barbara Petzen is Education Director at the nonprofit Middle East Policy Council, where she has created a new comprehensive resource for educators seeking balanced and innovative materials for teaching about the Middle East at TeachMideast.org. She also travels across the U.S. giving teacher workshops using these new curricular materials. Before moving to this position she served as outreach coordinator at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies since just before September 11, 2001. She has also taught courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam and women's studies at Dalhousie University and St. Mary's University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She served as tutor and teaching assistant at Harvard University, where she will at some point complete her doctoral dissertation in Middle Eastern history on European governesses in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. She earned her BA in International Politics and Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia College and a second Honours BA as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in Oriental Studies.
 
Teachers in geography, government, economics, and history should consider attending the lecture. The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented has approved for two hours of G/T credit for this program (CEP #501096).
 
Registration required: edu@wachouston.org or (713) 522 7811
 

 
April 11, 2012  -  Art for Palestine Children's Relief Fund
 
Art for Children's Relief: An Evening of Dinner and Drinks for PCRF
 
PCRF Houston (Palestine Children's Relief Fund) volunteers are hosting an event at El Xuco Xicana to share the PCRF's mission with the Houston community. PCRF is a non-profit, non-political organization that provides medical care and humanitarian services to children in need in the Middle East. Local artists Tito Fabian and Roberto Castillo will showcase their work and a portion of the food and beverage sales will benefit local PCRF efforts. Please join us to learn more about this very important organization that has helped over15,000 children in the last decade alone.
   
When: April 11, 2012
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Location: El Xuco Xicana, 2416 Brazos, Houston
 
Music by DJ Sun of Soular Grooves.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 10, 2012  -  Likely Scenarios for the Assad Regime and Implications for US National Security
 
By Murhaf Jouejati, Middle East Institute
 
The crisis in Syria continues to escalate and, in spite of diplomatic efforts at the highest level, the US and regional powers appear to have few options. Murhaf Jouejati will give a status report, including the current humanitarian situation in Homs and the possible scenarios for an end to the disaster.
 
Murhaf Jouejati is a scholar at the Middle East Institute as well as a professor of Middle East Studies at the National Defense University and at the George Washington University. Prior to teaching, Dr. Jouejati was an advisor to the European Commission Delegation in Damascus and served with the United Nations Development Program. He has written extensively on Syria and the Middle East and has been a commentator for NPR, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, ABC, CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and others.
    
When: April 10, 2012
Time: Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30p.m.
Location: The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, Texas 77027
 
For more info, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
April 9, 2012  -  Palestinian Poet Ghassan Zaqtan in Houston
 
The Menil Collection invites you to hear Ghassan Zaqtan read from his new book of poems Like A Straw Bird It Follows Me.
 
Ghassan Zaqtan, perhaps the most important and original Palestinian poet writing today, comes to the Menil Collection during National Poetry Month for his first Texas appearance. Zaqtan will read from his tenth book, Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, which gathers new and selected poems translated by Houston poet, Fady Joudah, winner of the PEN prize for his translations of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry. Born near Bethlehem, Ghassan Zaqtan is also a novelist and editor, and lives in Ramallah.
 
He is the editor of the literary page of the Al-Ayyam daily newspaper in Ramallah, and the editor of the new poetry quarterly Al-Shou’ara. He has published a number of poetry collections, and his first novel in 1995. His poetry abounds with luminous imagery, ranging in topics from life and death to the particular themes running through contemporary life. He has participated in countless international poetry festivals, and his works have also been translated into French.
   
When: Monday, April 9, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross, Houston, Texas
 
Admission Free - Seating Is Limited
 
The reading is co-sponsored by the Rice/UH Visiting Writers Series.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
April 7, 2012  -  "FBI Is Knocking! Hide or Speak?" by MCLU
 
The Muslim Civil Liberties Union (MCLU) wants you to be informed!
 
FBI Is Knocking! Hide or Speak? MCLU Attorneys Say: "NEITHER"!
 
Hear what a licensed atorney has to say about what you can do when the FBI comes knocking at your door.
 
Speakers: MCLU Attorneys-at-Law
       
When: April 7, 2012
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Jungman Neighborhood Library, 5830 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77057
     
Everyone is invited! Refreshments will be served.
 
For more information, visit www.muslimclu.org, or call 281-213-2010.
 

 
April 5, 2012  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival Cultured Cocktails
 
The Houston Palestine Film Festival 2012 official 6th season line up will be announced at our Cultured Cocktails event. The festival will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on May 12 & 13 and at Rice Media Center on May 18 & 19. Details about the film line up and special guests will be announced at Cultured Cocktails!
      
When: April 5, 2012
Time: 5:00 -10:00 p.m.
Location: Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview Houston, TX 77006
     
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
April 4, 2012  -  Deadline for Registration for the Presidential Elections for the Egyptians Abroad
 
Registration is now open for the Egyptian Presidential Elections for Egyptians abroad using the national ID card. Registration starts on Monday March 5, 2012 to Wednesday April 4, 2012 on the Presidential Elections Committee website for the Egyptians abroad:
http://www.elections.eg.
 
For the individuals who obtains the National ID Card before March 8, 2012, the day of closure of registration in the database of voters for the upcoming presidential elections.
 
Each voter will select the embassy or one of the consulates to hand or mail your ballot papers during the elections, and you will not be able to change the consulates after your first selections, location of Embassy and each consulate in this link:
http://www.egyptembassy.net/about.html.
 
For those who issued a national ID card after this date will be allowed to register later in the database of voters to vote in the future referendums and general elections?
 
Once you register at any location outside Egypt, your new location will be your new electoral headquarters in the country you living in.
 
The election Committee will update all new elections legislations on this website.
 
*We are waiting for new legislations have been discussed to pass by Maglis ElShab to allow all Egyptians to vote abroad using passport of Egyptian Birth Certificate.
 
For more info, contact Amin Mahmoud, PhD (301-330-0948, aeamisr@hotmail.com).
 

 
March 31-April 1, 2012  -  The 2nd Palestinian Festival - Houston
 
The 2nd Houston Palestinian Festival Presented by PACC, The Palestinian American Cultural Center will take place the last week of March. Great weather, great food, great fun of folkloric and contemporary art and music.

In this a unique 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 & 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.
 
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.
   
When: Saturday, March 31 at 12:00pm until Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 10:00pm
Location:  Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana, Houston, TX 77002
 
Click here for Festival Program.
 
For more information, visit www.palestinianfestival.org.
 

 
April 1, 2012  -  ILM Academy Fundraising Gala
 
This Land is Your Land Fundraising Gala
  
Guest speaker: Imam Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College
Entertainment by: Internationally Renowned Artist Dawud Wharnsby and Awakening Recording Artist Raef
 
When: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Time: 5:45 pm
Location: Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway, Houston 77079
 
Tickets are $50/adult and $25/child
 
For more info: info@ilmacademy.org or 713-464-4720
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 31, 2012  -  Civil Rights Conference
 
In September 2011, CAIR Texas, Houston launched it's initiative to build a civil rights coalition consisting of major civil rights organizations in the Greater Houston area. The Civil Rights Coalition includes: American Civil Liberties Union-Texas (ACLU-TX), Black Heritage Society, CAIR Texas - Houston Chapter (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Central American Resource Center (CRECEN), Houston Interfaith Workers Justice Center, Houston Peace and Justice Center, Houston United - Houston Unido, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - Houston, Shades of White (SOW), Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth, and Think Peace International Inc.
 
The Coalition is hosting it's first annual Civil Rights Conference highlighting the major issues of today, including: Islamophobia, Immigration Reform and Criminal Law Reform.
 
The keynote speaker will be Amy Goodman, Host & Executive Producer of Democracy Now!
   
When: March 31, 2012
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Houston Community College - West Loop Campus
   
For more information, visit www.civilrightscoalition.net.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 31, 2012  -  Maryam Islamic Center Spring Carnival
 
Maryam Islamic Center invites you to yet another exciting event. Join us on for a Fun-Filled Spring Festival!
 
When: March 31, 2012
Time: 4 pm - 10 pm
Location:  Maryam Islamic Center, 504 Sartartia Rd, Sugar Land, TX 77479
 
Event coordinator: Waleed Mohiuddin at (832) 623-1468
Vendor Booking: Madiha Ali (832) 660-4354 or Hira hasan (832) 331-3378
Volunteer Signup: Saba Fatima at (832) 876-9152 or sabafatimaf@yahoo.com.
    
For more information, visit
www.maryammasjid.org.
 

 
March 30, 2012  -  Muslim Comedian Baba Ali is Coming to Houston
 
Helping Hand for Relief & Development brings "Orphan Aid for Africa" Program to Houston with Standup Comedian Baba Ali, Inspirational Spoken Word Person Hossein Behizad, and Motivational Speaker Shaykh Abdur Rauf AL-Khawaldeh.
 
(An unforgettable and engaging evening, where you will have excellent opportunities to bring positive change in the lives of hundreds of orphans worldwide with your philanthropic contributions).
 
When: Friday, March 30, 2012
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
Tickets: $10/Person ($15 at the door) - Tickets will soon be available on-line at www.hhrd.org.
 
Food: Attendees will able to purchase sumptuous food during the event at certain fixed timings.
 
For more information, call: Maaz Adil (281) 468-2238 or Ameera Ali (713) 585-5981.
 

 
March 29, 2012  -  Finkelstein: How to Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict
 
By Dr. Norman Finkelstein
 
Hosted by the Rice University Progressives in cooperation with the Houston Peace & Justice Center.
   
When: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 3-5 pm
Location: Rice Student Center/Grand Hall, Rice University, Houston
 
This event is free and open to the public.
  
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 29, 2012  -  Finkelstein on Palestine: Roots of the Conflict and Prospects for Peace
 
Dr. Norman Finkelstein is a renowned American Jewish professor, political scientist, activist, and author who has worked on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict for over three decades. Dr. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and has written six books about the Israel-Palestine conflict. He has held faculty positions at Brooklyn College, Rutgers University, Hunter College, New York University and more recently DePaul University. For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict and currently writes and lectures. Dr. Finkelstein remains one of the most passionate, well informed, and eloquent speakers about the Israel-Palestine conflict. His talk will focus on the background and context of the struggle and his perspective on its future.

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time: 7-9 pm
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
 
For more info, visit www.bringjustice.net.

Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 29, 2012  -  Special Film Screening of "Inside Mecca"
 
Produced Anisa Mehdi
 
Muslims account for one-fifth of the world’s population, but most Americans know little about their faith, Islam, which continues to be one of the fastest growing religions in the United States and around the world. "Inside Mecca" is a powerful film about the followers of Islam, scattered around the globe who share a single spiritual center--Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Each year two million Muslims visit the holy city during the hajj, a sacred pilgrimage that represents the religious experience of a lifetime.
 
"All races, all nationalities, all people in one place, concentrated, all in one direction worshipping the one God," and this film invites its audience to take part in what is for some a once in a lifetime experience.
 
When: March 29, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Location: The University Museum, Texas Southern University
 
Afterwards, discussions among of people of various faiths will take place on the need of narratives about "the other" and how by participating in dialogues with one another, peace is easier to attain.
 
This evening event is sponsored by Think Peace International. For more information call 713.313.7145 or call PK at 713.893.1304.
 

 
March 27, 2012  -  Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons From the Democratic Uprising
 
Historian and Sciences Po professor Jean-Pierre Filiu discusses his book about what we can learn from the Arab Awakening.
 
Historian and Arabist Jean-Pierre Filiu, Ph.D, is an associate professor in the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po. Previously, Filiu participated in humanitarian missions in Lebanon and Afghanistan, and served the French Foreign Service in Jordan, Syria and Tunisia. He also has served as an adviser to the minister of interior, the minister of defense and the prime minister. Now a full-time academic, Filiu has held visiting professorships at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He recently published a new book titled “Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons From the Democratic Uprising.”
   
When: March 27, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Kelly International Conference Facility, James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
  
For more information, visit http://bakerinstitute.org/.
 

 
March 25, 2012  -  Candlelight Vigil for Hana Al-Shalabi
 
Candlelight Vigil - Free Hana!
 
Hana Shalabi, is on hunger strike protesting being held under "administrative detention" by Israeli occupying military forces, without any charge.
 
After more than a month on hunger strike against her arbitrary detention by Israel has led to a serious deterioration in Hana's health. She has been transferred from prison to Meir Hospital. Hana is at risk of "imminent death"
 
When:  Sunday, March 25, 2011
Time:  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: 
Hermann Park Circle (Main street and Montrose), Museum District, Houston
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 25, 2012  -  Iman Academy Annual Fundraising Gala
 
Iman Academy presents 16th Annual Gala
Theme: Striving For Education Excellence
Guest speakers: Sh. Waleed Basyouni & Sh. Abdelrraoof Al Khawaldeh
  
When:  Sunday, March 25, 2011
Time:  3:30 pm
Location:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054
               (Across from Reliant Stadium)
 
Tickets: $25/Person. $50/Family. Babysitting available. Tickets available from school campuses or at the door.
 
For more information, visit www.imanacademy.org
 

 
March 24-25, 2012  -  Annual Model Arab League Conference
 
The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce is honored to present the 5th Annual Model Arab League Conference (MAL). Students participating in the 2012 MAL will learn about the social, political, economic and security challenges of the Arab nations. While developing valuable skills in diplomacy, negotiation, argumentation, critical thinking, research, writing and public speaking, students also gain personal insight and meaningful understanding of issues underlying US-Arab relations.
 
In addition to awards, outstanding 2012 MAL participants are given preferential consideration for Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce and National Council on US-Arab Relations internships in Houston and Washington, D.C., respectively, and for participation in our study abroad programs in Egypt, Kuwait, and Morocco.
  
When: March 24-25, 2012
Location: University of Houston, Honors College, 4800 Calhoun Road, 212 MD Anderson Library, Houston, Texas 77004
 
For more information about the program click here or contact Hala at hala@bilateralchamber.org.
 
Click Here To Register.
 

 
March 24-25, 2012  -  The Objectives of Shariah!
 
Get ready for an amazing weekend with Sh. Omar Suleiman and get all the answers about Shariah! Have you ever wondered the applications of Shariah and the ways you can adopt it? Would you like to learn the differences and connections between Shariah and Fiqh? What are the four schools of Shariah? If you follow one of them, does it contradict the other? It is very Important for all Muslims to know what Shariah Law is all about!
 
An 8 hrs. Introductory class on Objectives of Shariah by instructor Sh Omar Suleiman. Live Broadcast will be Available For Everyone.
 
When: March 24-25, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM Saturday & Sunday
Location: Masjid Sabireen--ISGH, 610 Brand Ln., Stafford, TX 77477
  
Registration Fee: $25 Only / Babysitting will be Available!
 
For more information and/or to register, visit www.ILFHouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 19-23, 2012  -  Israeli Apartheid Week
 
We invite people of conscience from all over our campus to join us as we stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in their 64 year long struggle against Israel’s US-backed imposition of apartheid and oppression.
 
March 19th (11:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Palestinian Marketplace
UC North Patio (Behind the UC)
Stop by to experience the vibrancy of Palestinian culture that continues to flourish despite the obstacles of occupation
FREE PALESTINIAN FOOD!
 
March 21st (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Movie Screening: Checkpoint
Kiva Room, Farrish Hall
Join us for a free screening of Checkpoint, and learn about the struggles of Palestinian civilians under apartheid
Popcorn will be served!
 
March 22nd (6:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
Apartheid 101
Kiva Room, Farrish Hall
Be part of the discussion on the Palestinian experience and learn what you can do to help bring justice to a people who have suffered under occupation for far too long.
  
Location: University of Houston, University Center, 4800 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77004
    
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 18, 2012  -  Masjid Hamza Fundraising for Multi-Purpose Hall & Masjid Expansion
 
When: March 18, 2012
Time: 6 pm

Location:
Stafford Civic Center
 
For more info,
call 832-876-5662.  Tickets are $50 each.
 

 
March 17, 2012  -  A silent Protest in Solidarity with Hana Shalabi
 
Hana Shalabi is on her 29th day of continuous hunger strike to protest her detention without charge or trial by Israel. According to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) who have visited Hana, her health had deteriorated significantly. Ms. Shalabi’s parents have called on the local and international community to take immediate action this Saturday (March 17th) and come to the street in solidarity with their daughter and demand Hana Shalabi’s release and to end Israel's use of administrative detention.
 
When: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: 11 am to 12 Noon
Location: Near Israeli Consulate (rally will be on the corner of Weslayan St. & Norfolk – between Hwy 59 and Richmond)
 
Organized by Massoud Nayeri and David Atwood.
 
Please note that, this is a single issue silent protest to save Hana Shalabi’s life
 
For more infor on Hana Shalabi, click here.
 

 
March 17, 2012  -  PACC 2nd Anniversary Gala
 
PACC is pleased to announce it's Anniversary Gala will take place March 17, 2012. The Gala is designed to honor the sponsors of the Palestinian Festival That will take place in Downtown Houston March 31st and April 1st 2012.
 
This year’s Gala is dedicated to the late Edward Said. The influential Palestinian-American literary theorist, cultural critic and author. Said is best known for his book Orientalism (1978). The book presented his influential ideas on the Western study of Eastern cultures.

Edward Said's daughter, Najla Said, is an award winning actress, comedian and writer and we are pleased to announce that she will perform her solo play Palestine at this year’s Gala. A one-woman Off- Broadway show, is a coming-of-age story about Ms. Saïd’s journey to become an Arab-American on her own terms.
 
The Gala will also present the Abu Obaida annual award to Houston Arab Voices Executive producer Said and to Bob Carter the head of Justice For Palestinians group in Houston.
 
When: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Hilton Houston- Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
  
The Gala is a black tie formal attire event that will include reception from 6:30 -7:30, and a seated dinner and program that includes several entertainment and presentation items.
 
To Purchase individual Gala seats outside of sponsors packages please click here.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 
For more information, visit www.pacchouston.org.
 

 
March 17, 2012  -  Works by Arab-American Composer Mohammed Fairouz, Including a World Premiere of “Akhnaten – Dweller in Truth”
 
The Foundation for Modern Music, a Houston performing arts organization celebrating 25 years of performing, recording, and promoting new music in the classical tradition, will present an evening of music by composer Mohammed Fairouz. The concert, presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Egypt and the Egyptian American Society, will feature a world premiere scored for piano, cello, and orchestra based on the story of “heretic pharaoh” Akhnaten. St. John Flynn will host the musical proceedings, which include performers Paul Boyd (piano), Adhaia MacAdam-Somer (cellist), Batya MacAdam-Somer (violin), Raúl Orlando Edwards (baritone), and the Houston Composers Orchestra led by conductor Clifton Evans.
 
Praised by the New York Times as "warmly sympathetic" and "brilliantly handled", the music of Mohammed Fairouz has been received at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and internationally throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.
 

When: March 17, 2012
Time:  8 p.m.

Location: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby, Houston 77002
 

For more information, click here.
 

 
March 16, 2012  -  The Bricklayer: Free Performance by Houston Grand Opera!
 
As part of their East + West project, Houston Grand Opera is collaborating with The Arab American Cultural & Community Center to present The Bricklayer.
 
Based on a short story of the same name, The Bricklayer is a new chamber opera for anyone who has defeated despair. It shares the story of a family whose only son is executed in Iran, and they find a new life in Houston after they abandon their homeland.
 
The piece was written by prize-winning composer Gregory Spears, to a libretto by internationally celebrated Iran-born writer, Farnoosh Moshiri. Join us before the opera for a presentation from renowned Persian-American setarist, Fared Shafinury, on the elements of Persian classical music and instrumentation in The Bricklayer.
   
When: Friday, March 16, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd., Houston, 77099
 
This is a free performance from the Houston Grand Opera!
 

 
March 10, 2012  -  ILLUMINATION 2012: Step It Up!
 
Theme: YOUth Empowerment
 
Join MAS for an exhilarating evening of ILLUMINATION! With comedy, nasheed, poetry, special speakers, and first-class performances, you'll be moved in a way you've never experienced before.
 
ILLUMINATION - Opening our Eyes, Empowering our Thoughts, and Inspiring our Hearts.
 
Invited Guests:
   Youuuuuusef Erakat from FouseyTube!
   Yasmin Mogahed, Awesome Speaker & Writer from the OC, Cali!
   Sh. Omar Suleiman, Imam & Diehard Saints Fan from New Orleans!
   Mona Haydar, Poet, Artist & Activist from Michigan!
 
When: March 10, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Houston Room - UC, University of Houston-Main Campus
    
For more information, visit www.mashouston.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 8, 2012  -  From Homs to Houston: An Evening with Danny Abdul Dayem
 
Syrian activist and citizen journalist Danny Abdul Dayem will be in Houston Thursday, March 8 for a dinner and fundraiser. Come hear him speak about his experience in Homs and his thoughts on what we can do for the future of the revolution.
 
Danny Abdul Dayem is a British-Syrian citizen journalist who returned to Syria to join the Free Syrian Army. He was denied, since he does not have any formal artillery training. Instead, he decided to pick up a camera and document the truth of the atrocities of the Syrian regime. His YouTube videos went viral, and he has since been featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, Al Jazeera, and SkyNews. Since fleeing Syria on February 13, 2012, Danny has been traveling to get the word out on his story from Baba Amr in Homs. Come hear his first-hand account.
 
When: Thursday March 8, 2012
Time: 7:00-9:30pm
Location: 6100 Westheimer Road (Next to Cafe Mezza), Houston, Texas 77057
 
Ticket price: $100 (cash) at the door
 
The fund-raising portion of the evening will be done by Danny.
 
This event is open to the public. Max capacity: 100. Please arrive early.
 
Sponsored by Texans for Free Syria.
 

 
March 5, 2012  -  Is One Democratic State in Historic Palestine Possible?
 
Embrace an unforgettable night!
 
Gilad Atzmon, the thought provoking author, persuasive anti-Zionist activist and renown jazz musician of our time will speak about the idea of One Democratic State in Palestine and also will introduce his latest book "The Wandering Who?".
 
Dr. Samir Abed-Rabbo, author and Professor in the fields of international law and government, Director of the Center for  Advanced International Studies and former Dean of The Jerusalem School for Law and Diplomacy will talk about the International One Democratic State (ODS) movement and launch the ODS Houston Chapter.
 
Q & A: Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions and express their views.
 
Gilad Atzmon will be available to autograph his latest book: "The Wandering who? - A Study of Jewish Identity Politics" and/or his CD "The Tide Has Changed".
 
When: March 5, 2012
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
Location: Cafe Layal, 6328 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77057
 
Mediterranean Dinner will be available from Cafe Layal menu.
    
Sponsored by One Democratic State.
   
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
March 3, 2012  -  Muslim Civil Liberties Union Kickoff Event
 
Steven F. Downs will be speaking at the event. For over a quarter century, he investigated corrupt judges as the Chief attorney in Albany for the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct between 1975 and 2003. He is a co-founder of Project Salam and has written extensively on the case of Yasin Aref and Muhammad Husain in Albany, NY. Steve currently serves as the interim Executive Director of the Steering Committee of NCPCF. Mr. Downs is the author of Victims of America’s Dirty Wars.
 
Executive Director of MCLU Najmeh Vahid will also be speaking. Ms. Vahid graduated from law school in the top 5 percent of her class in May of 2010. She interned for the Texas Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Justice Willett, in Fall of 2009. Vahid became a licensed attorney in November of 2010 and began her law practice shortly thereafter.
 
When: March 3, 2012
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Location: Shahnai Restaurant, 5920 Hillcroft Suite D., Houston
 
MCLU is a non-profit organization, which strives to become the guardian of liberty, working in the nation’s courts, legislatures and communities to defend individuals and preserve their civil rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.
 
For more information, visit www.MuslimCLU.org.
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 28, 2012  -  A Portrait of Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky
 
Speaker: Diana Untermeyer, Author
   
When: February 28, 2012
Time: Registration: 5:30 p.m., Program: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: World Affairs Council of Houston, 2500 East TC Jester, Suite 350, Houston 77018
  
Diana C. K. Untermeyer lived in Doha from 2004 to 2007 while her husband served as U.S. ambassador to the State of Qatar. During that time, she was as active participant in Qatari society, working with women’s and children’s programs and in the conservation, arts and health communities. She participated in numerous equestrian sports and won top rider for the 2006-2007 endurance season. Her book, Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky, provides an inside look at this moderate Muslim country as it works to modernize and engage with the world without losing its heritage.
 
Before leaving for Qatar, Ms. Untermeyer was the director of communications for Christ Church Cathedral in Houston. She served on the boards of the Houston Zoo, Zoo Friends of Houston, Inc., and Hermann Park Conservancy. Previously, she worked as a wilderness guide, a liaison between the Vice President’s Office and the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, an advance representative for then-Vice President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, and as executive assistant to the counsel to President Bush.
Copies of her book Qatar: Sand, Sea and Sky, will be available at the lecture.
     
Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Houston.
  
For more information and/or to register, visit www.wachouston.org.
 

 
February 26, 2012  -  Interfaith Unity Day
 
Presented by Muslim Council of USA & Haran Productions Foundation.
 
When: February 26, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Verizon Wireless Theatre, 520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 25, 2012  -  Eighth Biennial Ben Qurrah Award Gala
 
The Arab American Medical Association Houston Chapter and Board of Directors Invite you to  attend our EIGHTH BIENNIAL BEN QURRAH AWARD GALA HONORING:

   Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH
   Professor of Clinical Medicine and Epidemiology, Columbia University
   Chief of Infectious Diseases, Harlem Hospital Center, New York
 
   Michel Mawad, MD
   Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology, Baylor College of Medicine
   Director, Neurovascular Service, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Houston, TX
 
When: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: Reception 7:00 p.m., Dinner 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Boulevard, Houston, Texas
 
Black Tie • Valet Parking
 
The proceeds of the 8th Ben Qurrah Award Gala will go toward the Arab American Medical Association Houston Chapter Medical Student Scholarship Fund and other charitable and humanitarian needs.

 

 
February 25, 2012  -  Emergency Fundraiser for Victims in Syria
 
Please join us for an emergency fundraiser in order that we can get necessary humanitarian aid to our brothers and sisters who are being killed in Syria on a daily basis. The Syrian Development and Relief organization is recognized and able to deliver these donations to Syria in the form of food, clothing and medical supplies. Dr. Jihad and Dr. Yazaje will be speaking to explain the medical necessity and how the aid will be used.
 
Tickets are $75 and baby-sitting is available for ages 3-10. If you have any questions, please contact Yakzan Shishakly at 713-933-7417 (Cell). We look forward to seeing you there.
  
Please invite your friends.
      
When: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time:
5:30pm until 8:30pm
Location:
Raindrop Turkish House, 9301 West Bellfort Street Houston 77031
 
Organized by Texans for Free Syria.
 

 
February 19, 2012  -  Ancient History of Iraq (Mesopotamia) - Part II
 
From 7,000 BC to 500 BC (6,500 years)
 
Presentation of Ancient History of Iraq (Mesopotamia) from Pre-Historic times 7,000 BC to the fall of the Babylonian Empire to the Persian King Cyrus in 539 BC.
 
Presentation’s Highlights: People’s Origin Culture Language, Religion Agriculture Architecture, Science Technology Economy, Family Life Military Legacy
 
   Part I
   Pre-Historic
   Sumerian Civilization
   Akkadian Empire
   Sunday, February 12, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
 
   Part II
   Assyrian Empire
   Babylonian Empires
   Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
 
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
Presented by the Iraqi American Foundation (IAC). Speaker: Madhi Kasir
 

 
February 18, 2012  -  Emotion in Egyptian and Near Eastern Music
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Lecture: Lecture “Emotion in Egyptian and Near Eastern Music”
 

Presented by A. J. Racy
Professor of ethnomusicology at UCLA
Performer, composer, and author
 
 
When: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005
 
Lectures are open to the public and free with general museum admission. MFAH Members always receive free admission. Seating is limited. A reception to meet the speaker and a docent-led tour follow each lecture.
 
 
For more information, visit www.mfah.org.
 

 
February 18, 2012  -  Shielding Our Hearts: Facebook, Twitter and Generation "Me"
 
A Weekend with Ustadh Usama Canon.
 
It’s what’s hot today: the latest Facebook post, tweets, pokes, or "reality" TV shows. What’s the big deal? All of us are doing it, and we love it! Islam advocates for a very different message cautioning us against self-absorption where, our privacy, modesty, spirituality and humility may suffer. This workshop explores how this phenomenon can impact our character and how we serve ourselves best when we reconcile it with Islamic values.
   
   
When: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Time: 
11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location:
Maryam Islamic Center, 504 Sartartia Road, Sugar Land TX
  
This event will conclude with a special panel discussion featuring Imam Wazir Ali and Hafiz Tauqer Shah.
 
This event is free and open to everyone.
 
Complimentary child care will be available. Lunch will be $5.
    
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 16, 2012  -  Echoes of Ancient Egyptian Music
 
Presented by A. J. Racy, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles, performer, composer, and author
 
In ancient Egyptian belief, music was linked to power. The male god Thoth’s song was said to have conjured eight primordial deities, called the Ogdoad. Hathor, goddess of music and dance, was often depicted with a sistrum, a percussion instrument. And among the numerous treasures found in the tomb of Tutankhamun were two trumpets—some of the world’s oldest intact musical instruments. An ancient Egyptian system for musical notation has yet to be discovered; however, Egyptologists can infer much about ancient Egyptian music through surviving fragments of instruments, visual depictions of musicians and performances on wall paintings and papyri, literary descriptions, and cross-cultural comparison.
 
Dr. A. J. Racy will discuss current academic conjecture about ancient Egyptian music and instruments, and their close counterparts in neighboring regions today. He will also perform live on a variety of instruments—the nay (reed flute), mijwiz (folk double-clarinet), kawalah (Egyptian folk flute), and buzuq (long-necked lute)—to demonstrate aspects of continuity and change in the structure, playing technique, and symbolic significance of musical instruments.
 
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time:
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  
Location:
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005
  

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows the program.
  
For more information, visit www.mfah.org.
 

 
February 15, 2012  -  Analysis of current trends in Tunisia by the Tunisian Ambassador to the US
 
Breakfast Briefing with His Excellency Mohamed Salah Tekaya, Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States
 
  
Please join the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Tunisian Embassy and Tunisian American Young Professionals, in hosting a multi-city road show with the Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States, H.E. Mohamed Salah Tekaya serving in Washington, D.C. As part of the U.S. road show tour, the Ambassador will visit Houston, Texas on February 15, 2012.
  
Learn about the recovery plans that the government of Tunisia is undertaking. As the birth of the Arab Spring, Tunisia's business development can serve as a model for the continuing growth in the region. The best prospects for U.S. businesses in Tunisia include opportunities in renewable energy, infrastructure, tourism, franchising, and ICT.
 

When: February 15, 2012
Time: Registration 7:30am, Program 8:00am - 9:00am
Location: Fulbright Tower - 51st Floor, Fulbright & Jaworski, Crooker Room, 1301 McKinney
Suite 5100, Houston, TX 77010-3095
  

Price: $20 for Members, $20 for Non-Members
    
"Tunisia is ripe with opportunities for investors. There are three reasons for this: Economic prospects, location, and a talented, business-friendly workforce... Despite these opportunities, Tunisia is not on the radar screen or white boards of very many U.S. investors. At last count, Tunisia had an impressive 1,300 foreign investors, but only a mere 75 were U.S. companies. That means that only 6% of foreign investors in Tunisia are American."
- OPIC CEO Elizabeth Littlefield
 
Tunisia's proximity to the European Union as well as a free trade agreement with Turkey makes it an optimal location for business expansion. Tunisia's skilled human resources and world class infrastructure are the main assets and driving forces of the country, providing excellent prospects for American business investment.
 
H.E. Ambassador Tekaya, presented his credentials to the State Department on October 1, 2010, and then to President Obama on December 7, 2010. Ambassador Tekaya holds university degrees in Political Science and English Literature. He began his diplomatic career in 1982, serving early on at the Office of the Minister and at the Directorates of Asia, Africa and International Organizations and Conferences. He was at the United Nations as First Secretary (1987-1989) and held the same position at Tunisia's Embassy in the United States (1989-1993). He moved up to Counselor in his nation's Embassy in Norway (1995-1998) and then back at the U.N. (1998-2001).
 
For more information, visit www.bilateralchamber.org.
 

 
February 12, 2012  -  Ancient History of Iraq (Mesopotamia) - Part I
 
From 7,000 BC to 500 BC (6,500 years)
 
Presentation of Ancient History of Iraq (Mesopotamia) from Pre-Historic times 7,000 BC to the fall of the Babylonian Empire to the Persian King Cyrus in 539 BC.
 
Presentation’s Highlights: People’s Origin Culture Language, Religion Agriculture Architecture, Science Technology Economy, Family Life Military Legacy
 
   Part I
   Pre-Historic
   Sumerian Civilization
   Akkadian Empire
   Sunday, February 12, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
 
   Part II
   Assyrian Empire
   Babylonian Empires
   Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
 
Location: Arab-American Cultural & Community Center, 10555 Stancliff Rd, Houston 77099
 
Presented by the Iraqi American Foundation (IAC). Speaker: Madhi Kasir
 

 
February 12, 2012  -  Fundraising Breakfast for the Syrian Victims
 
Free breakfast for fund-raising to benignity the Syrian revolution victims.
 
When: Sunday, February 12, 2012
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Location: Saltenas Restaurant, 981 S. Mason Rd. Katy, TX 77450 (281-398-4711)
 
Organizer: The restaurant's owner: Mhd. Kharbutli
 
Click here for event flyer.
 

 
February 11, 2012  -  Palestinian American Bridge Annual Banquet
 
The Keynote speakers will be Ms. Alison Weir, President, Council for the National Interest and Executive Director, If Americans Knew and Mr. Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The entertainment section will be performed by our established standup Comedian from Houston : Mr. Mohammed "MO" Amer.
 
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) as your "sadaqa jaria" and part of your "zakat ul mal" 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 2 years, 16 Student scholarships (Dr. Uwaydah Scholarship) were awarded by the Palestinian American Bridge Organization (PAB) to outstanding Palestinian students in the Houston Metropolitan Area. This year, and with your help and contributions to the Scholarship Fund we are planning to increase the number of scholarships.
 
Also, the Board of Directors has unanimously approved the UNRWA's proposal to expand the scholarship program to include Palestine and the Diaspora (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza) directly through the UNRWA Fields in these countries.
  
When: February 11, 2012
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 11, 2012  -  Candle Light Vigil for Victims of Syrian Oppression
 
Texans For Free Syria invite all people of conscience to gather and recognize victims of the ongoing brutality of the Syrian Regime. According to the United Nations, over 5,400 people are believed to have been killed in the Syrian government's crackdown on protests. More than 14,000 people are estimated to have been detained and at least 300 children are among the dead. This week, a city in Syria, Homs, has seen the heaviest shelling. Syrian activists report that tanks are on the streets, and pro-government militias are murdering civilians in their homes. According to the Syrian Human Rights Committee, over 300 people are believed to have been killed in Homs alone this past weekend.
  
When: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Location:
in front of the Chinese Consulate, 3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
 
Texans for a Free Syria (TFS) is an organization to support the Syrian people in their quest for liberty and democracy. The ultimate goal of TFS is for the establishment of a free, democratic, secular, progressive, and modern Syria with liberty and equality for all of its citizens.
 
For more info, visit www.texansforfreesyria.net.
 

 
February 10, 2012  -  MLSA Presents Speaker Alison Weir
 
The Muslim Law Students Association at UH presents guest speaker Alison Weir,
President of the Council for the National Interest and Executive Director of If Americans Knew
 
When: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Krost Hall, Law School, University of Houston
 
Admission is free.
 

 
February 9, 2012  -  "Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Headlines"
 
Lecture by Alison Weir
President of the Council for the National Interest and Executive Director of If Americans Knew
   
Hosted by the Baker Institute Student Forum James Baker Institute for Public Policy/Rice University
  

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Rice University, Sewall Hall Room 307 (http://www.rice.edu/maps/colormap.pdf)
 
Parking is available in Founder's Court visitor lot which is directly across from the building.
 
For information: contact@ifamericansknew.org / 202-631-4060   
 

 
February 4, 2012  -  No War on Iran Rally / National Day of Action
 
When: February 4, 2012
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Corner of Westheimer and Post Oak (Galleria area), Houston, Texas
  
For more information, visit www.iacenter.org.
 
Event flyer.
 

 
February 3, 2012  -  Palestine - What is the Future of Partition?
 
Maryknoll and the University of St. Thomas Social Justice Studies Program present Fr. Maurice Restivo, CSB, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton, Texas.
 
Palestine has requested acceptance as a member of the United Nations. Most of the nations of the world are in agreement with this request. What is the status of this request now? What is the situation of the Palestinians now?
 
Fr. Maurice Restivo, CSB, has been actively involved in this situation in Israel and Palestine. He will guide us in a discussion of the future of Palestine.
 
When: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Ahern Room, Crooker Center, 3909 Graustark
 
Free and open to the public. Parking Available in Moran Center, Graustark and West Alabama
 
For more information, contact Hope Coburn at 713-535-3812.
 
Event Flyer.
 

 
February 2, 2012  -  Houston Palestine Film Festival Kick Off
 
We are excited to kick off the 6th season of the Houston Palestine Film Festival with Houston Film Commission's First Thursday's and a very special screening of three of our favorite short films!
 
  Be Quiet by Sameh Zoabi
  A Boy, a Wall and a Donkey by Hany Abu Assad
  Kemo Sabe by Rana Kazkaz
 
When: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Time: 8pm - 10pm
Location: The Fairview, 315 Fairview St., Houston, TX 77006
 
This event is FREE and open to the public!
 
The food truck "It's a Wrap Truck" will be on location for those who wish to purchase their delicious food!
 
We hope you'll bring your family and friends and join us for a fun night of film and food.
 
For more information, visit www.hpff.org.
 

 
February 1, 2012  -  Egypt: One Year after Mubarak
 
By Bayless Parsley, Africa Analyst at Stratfor
 
On January 25, Egyptians will mark a year since the start of the popular uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak out of office. But there is no longer much talk about the revolution's lofty goals of bringing democracy, freedom and social justice. Instead, the buzz now is about new alliances that could allow the ruling military to maintain its long-standing domination over government and Islamists to flex their muscles after their big victory in parliamentary elections.
 
Bayless Parsley will analyze the situation one year after Egypt’s hopeful transition to democracy began. He is the Africa Analyst at Stratfor, a global intelligence company based in Austin,Texas. Mr. Parsley just returned from a trip to Egypt and will share his insights with our Young Professional Group.
  
When: February 1, 2012
Time:
Registration: 6:30 p.m., Program: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:
World Affairs Council Office, 2500 E. TC Jester, Suite 350, Houston, Texas 77018
  
$5 YP Members / $10 Non-Members

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

 
January 28, 2012  -  Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer Fund Raising Banquet
 
Please join Friends of Egyptian Children with Cancer For a Fund Raising Banquet

Guest Speaker: Robin Shelby, RN-BSN, Clinical Nurse, Pediatrics, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
 
Silent Auction & Entertainment (
provided by Iluminate).
 
When: January 28, 2012
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Suites Galleria, 2400 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027

FECC is a Non-profit 501 (c) (3) Organization.
 
For more information call Dr. Samia Khalil at 713-666-7678.
 
Click here for event invitation.
 

 
January 28, 2012  -  Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS)
 
MYLS is a one day conference that aims to provide youth ages 17-21 with the tools and training to advance professionally while embracing faith. The program is open to students in their first 2 years of college or in their senior or junior year of high school. The MYLS program will feature dynamic speeches from prominent community leaders and interactive workshops focusing on Activism, Leadership and Identity. The MYLS program will give participants the opportunity to meet and interact with elected officials, develop skill in public speaking and community activism, and learn about how to effectively challenge Islamophobic movements.
 
When: January 28, 2012
Location: University of Houston
 
For more information, contact CAIR (713-838-CAIR, info@cairhouston.org).
 

 
January 25, 2012  -  Religion in the 2012 Elections
 
If you have followed the early 2012 presidential debates, you might have wondered why — in the midst of dramatic financial and international challenges — the culture wars continue to play such a prominent role in our nation's elections. Religion and an ever-expanding constellation of related social issues have become key factors in election year politics in America.
 
The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and the Rice University Religion and Public Life Program are proud to co-sponsor a free public symposium examining the role religion will play in the 2012 election cycle.
 
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas
 
This half-day symposium will feature presentations from some of the leading researchers and national commentators on the nexus of religion and politics. Participants can choose from a variety of topical sessions to explore the issues they care about most.
  
For more information, click here.
 

 
January 25, 2012  -  An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Leonard Pitts
 
One of the most emotionally engaging columnists writing today, Leonard Pitts is beloved by readers for the thoughtful way he treats complicated issues involving religion, race, culture and politics. His nationally syndicated column appears regularly in newspapers around the country, and in 2004 Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Also a bestselling author, his critically acclaimed first novel, Before I Forget, was released in 2009 and a collection of his columns, Forward From This Moment, was published that same year.
  
When: Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Location: Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas
 
Join the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund for this exciting event.  
     
For more information, click here.
 

 
January 23, 2012  -  Tariq Ali on the Uses and Abuses of History
 
In working together on two challenging documentaries, South of the Border and The Untold History of the United States series for Showtime, filmmaker Oliver Stone engaged with author and filmmaker Tariq Ali in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the forces that shape history and how that history gets told. The book On History chronicles their dialogue and brings to light a number of forgotten episodes of American history. Tariq Ali will share provocative insights from the book and his recent global travels.
   
When: January 23, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon Street at the corner of Sul Ross Street, Houston
  
For more information, click here.
 

 
January 19, 2012  -  Become a CAIR Texas Deputy Voter Registrar
 
Here's your chance to be a CAIR Texas volunteer, to be able to conduct voter registration drives in your community. Part of CAIR's mission is: to enhance understanding of Islam, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. As a non-partisan organization, we encourage American Muslims to increase civic and political participation.
 
There will be a Deputy Voter Registrar training with CAIR Texas and other community organizations:
    
When: January 19, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Location: MiFamilia Vota, 4299 San Felipe St #200, Houston, TX 77027
   
Please email today to reserve your spot: info@cairhouston.org.
 

 
January 13-16, 2012  -  Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Parade & Celebration
 
The Black Heritage Society's 34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Parade & Holiday Celebration
 
Please join us as we “Salute the Dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Memorial.” How wonderful! Who would have known 15 years ago that our nation in correlation with the Spirit of Dr. King, that we’d be gracefully blessed to have the first African-American President seated over the historical dedication of the MLK Jr., Monument in Washington D.C.
  
When: January 13-16, 2012
 
For more details, click here.