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City of Houston Announces Business Plan Competition for Women

The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity, Small Business Administration of Houston and the Houston Community College System partner locally to provide training opportunities for women interested in participating in the InnovateHer Business Plan Competition for a chance to win $40,000.

Women entrepreneurs have been critical to growing businesses and creating jobs in Houston. Women entrepreneurs can be seen in the medical field, information technology and in the construction industry. Locally the City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity is pleased to partner with Houston Community College and the SBA to provide training opportunities so that women entrepreneurs in the Houston area are given the chance to compete nationally for a chance to win cash prizes to launch their businesses. The InnovateHer competition is open to any women who has an idea to impact the lives of women and families.

Criteria: Contestants must develop a product or service that meets the following requirements:

Has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
Has the potential for commercialization and
Fills a need in the marketplace
Must be a citizen or permanent U.S. resident who is at least 18 years of age
Must maintain a primary place of business in the U.S.

To learn more about the competition and the trainings available in the Houston area interested contestants can visit

Free Immunizations Through May 2016 At Children’s Museum of Houston

Children’s Museum of Houston to offer free vaccinations through May 2016

Free immunizations at the Children’s Museum of Houston every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night from 5pm to 7pm beginning now through May 2016 for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program to the first 40 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register. Children must qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. For questions about eligibility, please call (832) 824-6780.


SPECIAL NOTE: Flu shots will be offered exclusively in November to the first 200 children to arrive. After this month, flu shots offered along with the standard vaccinations to the first 40 children to arrive.

• Oct. 8 (standard vaccinations – limit of 40)
• Nov. 12 (Flu shots – limit of 200)
• Dec. 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Jan. 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Feb. 11 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• March 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• April 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• May 12 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit or call (713) 522-1138.

[Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Houston]


The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) is honored to present the 2015 Raul Julia Award for Excellence to MSNBC and Telemundo News Anchor JOSÉ DIAZ-BALART, and the Horizon Award to actress/comedian CRISTELA ALONZO and director ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON at the NHFA’s 19th Annual Noche de Gala. The special evening will be hosted by NHFA founders Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Sonia Braga, Merel Julia and Felix Sanchez on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at The Mayflower Hotel. Filmmaker ROBERT RODRIGUEZ will present the Horizon Awards and Filmmaker MARCOS ZURINGA will present the student speaker. The Honorable LORETTA SANCHEZ is the honored guest speaker.

MELLORI VELAZQUEZ-a first year MFA graduate student at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts- has been selected to speak on behalf of the 2015 Scholarship recipients. The Noche de Gala dinner, underwritten by Ford Motor Company, will also feature a musical performance by Indie Rock sensation NINA DIAZ.

José Diaz-Balart is the host of “The Rundown with Jose Diaz Balart” on MSNBC, in addition to anchoring two programs on Telemundo, “Enfoque con José Diaz-Balart” and “Noticiero Telemundo.” Diaz-Balart began his career in 1984 and has since become one of the most respected voices in Hispanic journalism in the United States. His achievements include being the only journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season. He has received numerous accolades for his work and most recently was honored with the 2014 Life Achievement Award by the Hispanic Federation and the Communications Award by the National Council of La Raza.

“The Raul Julia Award for Excellence acknowledges the person or institution, who is making a critical difference for Latinos in media and/or entertainment” said Felix Sanchez, NHFA Chairman and Co-Founder. “Jose Diaz Balart is a renowned journalist, who seamlessly bridges English and Spanish language news reporting, bringing original and progressive reporting to issues of particular concern to the Latino community.”

The Raul Julia Award is presented annually to the person or persons who most advance the mission of NHFA. Previous awardees include Juanes, Rita Moreno, Demian Bichir, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra; journalist/talk show host, Cristina Saralegui; Film Director Robert Rodriguez; Creator/Producer Roberto Orci; Film Director Patricia Riggen; Film Director Gregory Nava; ABC News Anchor Elizabeth Vargas; and TV Executive Producer/actress Sandra Bullock.

NHFA is pleased to present this year’s Horizon Award to two individuals who have not only emerged but continue to make a positive impact in all that they do, both personally and professionally. The award was established as a way to recognize the rare rising star that shatters the status quo and redefines the environment.

This year’s first Horizon Award recipient is actress/writer/comedian Cristela Alonzo, who made TV history in 2014 by being the first Latina to create, produce and star in a network sitcom, “Cristela.” This achievement capped a whirlwind year, having released her first stand-up CD through Comedy Central, “Some of the Hits”; was a viewer favorite guest host on ABC’s The View, and will be making her feature film debut in the upcoming Angry Birds movie with Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader. She topped several comedy lists in the past year, including “Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch,” “Top 10 Comedy Acts to Watch in 2014” by LA Weekly, Cosmo Latina’s “8 Women You Should be Following on Twitter,” Time Out’s “Comics to Watch,” Cosmo’s “13 Female Comedians to Watch for in 2014,” and “One of the 50 Comedians You Should and WILL Know” by

The second Horizon Award recipient is director/producer Alfonso Gómez-Rejon, who directed this summer’s critically acclaimed indie feature film Me and Earl & the Dying Girl, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival, 2015. Gomez-Rejon began his career as personal assistant to such esteemed filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, Robert DeNiro and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. He has gone on to direct second unit for his former bosses, as well as the likes of Kevin Macdonald, Ryan Murphy and Ben Affleck (on the Academy Award-winning Argo). He has directed many episodes of Glee and American Horror Story, as well as numerous national commercials. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Directing For a Miniseries for American Horror Story: Coven, as well as for Outstanding Miniseries as the show’s Co-Executive Producer. He also directed the pilot for Fox’s Red Band Society, which was picked up for series.

This year’s event will also feature a highly anticipated performance by Nina Diaz, lead singer for the San Antonio band “Girl in a Coma.” Hailed by NPR as “one of the two or three most exciting, scary good vocalists in rock today,” Nina began singing, playing guitar and writing songs since the age of 13 for Girl in a Coma. At age 17, Nina and the band performed at NY’s Knitting Factory as part of a television show taping where Joan Jett happened to be in the audience. She was so impressed that she signed GIAC to her Blackheart Records label on the spot. They went on to release four successful albums. Nina recently decided to take a break from Girl in a Coma to work on her solo career and has since consistently performing to sold out crowds.

Mayor Announces Recipients of 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards

The 2015 Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are being honored with proclamations from Mayor Annise Parker today and October 6, 2015 at Houston City Hall. Each honoree was selected based on his or her outstanding contributions toward enhancing the quality of life and advancement of Houston’s Hispanic community.

This year’s Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Josefina Rendon and Jose Adan Trevino
Josefina Rendon was one of Harris County’s first Hispanic women attorneys and the first woman and first Hispanic Civic Service Commissioner for the City of Houston. In 1983 she became Houston’s third Latina municipal court judge, where she still presides. Her judicial career also includes becoming the first Latina Civil District Judge in Harris County. Judge Rendon is the immediate past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution – Houston and past president of the Texas Association of Mediators. She is a published author of over 100 articles and the recipient of both the Justice Frank Evans Award from the State Bar of Texas and the Susanne Adams Aware from the Texas Association of Mediators.

Jose Adan Trevino is founder and former President/CEO of Univision 45, Houston’s first Spanish language television station. Trevino has also been a strong voice on behalf of the Hispanic community at the local and national levels. He has served on many boards including the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Chancellor’s Council at the University of Texas-Austin, Houston Community College Foundation, Texas State Securities Board, Baylor College of Medicine, Governor’s Business Council and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Community Activist: Gilbert Garcia
Gilbert Garcia has enjoyed much success professionally, but he has also been a dedicated volunteer, leader and activist in the Houston Hispanic community. In 2010, Garcia was appointed as the first Hispanic chairman of METRO. Under his leadership, METRO has restored its public image, repaired its relationship with the Federal Transit Administration, improved customer service, obtained voter approval for more funding, expanded light rail service to the Hispanic community and received the Gold Leadership Circle Award for transparency from the Texas State Comptroller. His volunteer work includes countless hours of service on difference nonprofit boards and fundraising for community improvement efforts and organizations that benefit the Hispanic community.

Education in the Community: Gloria Zenteno
Gloria Zenteno founded Barrio Dogs in 2010 after she moved back to the East End and witnessed homeless, neglected and mistreated animals seemingly everywhere. The organization stresses the importance of spaying and neutering pets and encourages residents to report animal abuse or neglect to authorities. By working in community centers and schools and holding events at civic association meetings and parks, Barrio Dogs spreads its message to the larger community. Zenteno’s hard work and commitment to her East End community and to its animals are obvious and serve as a great example for others to follow.

Youth Activist: James Lee
James Lee is the public affairs field specialist for Legacy Community Health. While a student at the University of Houston (UH), he founded LGBT Advocates, the first undergraduate political organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. As the leader of the organization, he worked to expand UH’s nondiscrimination policy to include protections for all LGBT students. As a member of the UH Student Government Association, Lee also advocated on behalf of undocumented students and for revisions to academic policy regarding mental health. His work in the area of healthcare policy advocacy has been recognized by the Texas Freedom Network, which honored Lee with the 2012 Samantha Smoot Activist Award.

Art in the Community: Daniel Bustamante
Daniel Bustamante is Executive Director of the Greater Houston Fair Housing Center and a founding member of the Multicultural Arts Cooperative of Houston. He is an experienced producer, director and administrator of festivals, tours, television, community programs and special events. Bustamante’s record of community service spans nearly 40 years and includes being a founding member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Go Tejano Committee, membership in the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals and serving as chair of the Casa de Amigos Health Clinic Advisory Council. He has been founded, produced or directed a dozen local shows and festivals.

[Save The Date] Houston First Presents: HUE MURAL FESTIVAL

October 17-24, 2015  –  a week-long annual mural festival presented by HOUSTON FIRST and in partnership with EADO District, East End Foundation and Washington Avenue Arts District.  For Sponsorship and Volunteer information contact the festival at  Full Artist and Community Partner Rosters to be announced soon.  Stay tuned! Visit for more information.

Your “Kiss is on My List” at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser

Your kiss is on the exclusive invitation list at The Pavilion Partners Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser Saturday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. The event takes place in The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s House of Blues Hospitality Tent prior to the Daryl Hall & John Oates concert.

Enjoy an assortment of appetizers by Tommy Bahama, followed by dinner catered by Squash Blossom. Complimentary beer, wine and a signature “Maneater” margarita will be served. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite concert T-shirt to this casual event.

Unique games and exclusive auction packages will be offered at the fundraiser. Spin the “Everything Your Heart Desires” wheel for a chance to win various prize packages. Play the “Private Eyes” Bottle Pull to win a bottle of wine or spirits. Guests have a chance to go home with the booze they choose. Money raised from the event benefits The Pavilion’s educational outreach programs including Musical Scores, Fine Arts Education Day and Children’s Festival as well as The Pavilion’s performing arts events. Last year’s Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser raised nearly $40,000.


This event will “make your dreams come true!” Tickets to this event are $225 per person and include orchestra level seats at the concert, dinner before the concert and VIP passes to the private Woodforest Bank Club. Guests who have already purchased concert tickets may purchase passes to the event for $100 each.


Tickets are limited and seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis. To make your reservations for the Pre-Concert Dinner & Fundraiser, contact Leslie Williams at or 281-210-1125. You can also purchase tickets online by visiting our website at

Children’s Museum of Houston: Wearable Technology and Robotics With a Latin Twist

Outsmart Dr. Boredom in a final showdown to save summer fun during the Summer of Epic Adventure – Forces Unite! The Museum is partnering with the Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert to captivate the inquisitive minds of kids and fuel your determination to discover using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).


Chevron Maker Annex Kid Creations: Meet kid inventors of the future as they showcase their inventions.

¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert:

  • Wearable Technology and Robotics: Latino scientists and innovators will demonstrate tech trends.
  • Create-It: Engage in a maker project of your own at Smithsonian Latino Center’s interactive station.
  • Meet the Science Expert: Hang out with STEM pros representing Latino-specific STEM organizations.
    • Jose “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal: A professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston. He will examine your brain activity and discuss how he harnesses that activity to develop robotics.
    • Javier Fadul: Has presented at TEDxHouston and SxSW on the possible futures of innovation and the accelerating returns of technologies that change the world. He will discuss the future of wearable technology.


KidMakers Expo

August 7, 2015, from 2 to 6 p.m.

***Activities, events and times subject to change.


Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004


MUSEUM SUMMER HOURS: – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.

  • General Museum admission: $10 per person and $9 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
  • For more information, visit

Civil Rights Leader Mamie King-Chalmers In Houston August 6

Civil rights leader, Mamie King-Chalmers, will share what life was like for African Americans before and during the Civil Rights Movement. This “History Talks” presentation will take place during Thursday Free Family Night, Aug. 6, at 6pm at  the Children’s Museum of Houston. 

The event is part of “Wake Up and Vote: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” carried out by The Honey Brown Hope Foundation. “Wake Up and Vote” takes a look at how far we’ve come and why we shouldn’t take for granted our right to vote. The event will feature onsite voter registrars to register voters.


Mamie King-Chalmers grew up in Jim Crow South.  In 1963, when Mamie was 22, she and her family met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and joined the “Children’s Crusade” by becoming foot soldiers for the Civil Rights Movement. Mamie was chased by dogs, beaten, and jailed under horrible conditions. One particular photo of Mamie being hosed with two unidentified young men became a famous iconic photo. This photo was taken by Charles Moore and gained national attention when it was featured in Time Magazine. The photo rallied the civil rights movement and alerted the world to the horrors African Americans faced in Birmingham.

***Activities, events and times subject to change.

 For more information, visit