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Bring the Kiddos to Meet a Real Life ‘Superhero’

 

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Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, and entertainment.

Meet real life superheroes such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, police officers, military service members, and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight® team at Pearland’s Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center’s free ‘Superhero’ Day on Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes and hang out with Children’s Memorial Hermann giraffe mascot Topper, H-E-Buddy, and many other characters. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, entertainment, and special performances by Precision Dance Academy.

 

Cohosted by H-E-B Plus and the YMCA, admission is free and the event is open to the entire community.

 

WHEN:         Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

                 

WHERE:      Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland

                        10905 Memorial Hermann Dr., Pearland, TX 77584

 [Photo Courtesy of GalleryHip.com]

International Rubik’s Cube Competition at Rice University!

World-class “speedcubers” from the United States and around the world will gather at Rice University Oct. 18 for a World Cube Association-sanctioned Rubik’s Cube competition. Various styles of competition with the colorful cubes will lead up to the final rounds, which begin at 2 p.m. The fastest puzzle solvers will receive prizes. Presented by the Rice Cube Club at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, the event is free and open to the public.

Who: More than 50 to 60 “speedcubers” — people who solve the puzzle as quickly as possible — from the U.S. and around the world.

What: Rubik’s Cube competition, hosted by the Rice Cube Club.

When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 18.

Where: Rice University, McNair Hall, Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St.

This is the first such event to be hosted at Rice, according to Cory Thigpen, a Jones School MBA student and president of the Rice Cube Club.

For more information about the competition, including the schedule of events, visit www.cubingusa.com/RiceUniversity2014/index.php.

Library Helps Latinos and Others Digitize History

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[Nicky Trasvina goes through old family photos. Photo by Andra Cernavskis]

On Saturday afternoon, Susan Goldstein, the City of San Francisco’s archivist, could be found in the San Francisco Public Library’s fifth floor DIGI Center, a room for digital archiving, pouring over old, print photos with Alejandra Palos, a woman ready to donate some of her father’s photos.

Manuel Palos,  an architectural sculptor,  worked on projects throughout the city including the restoration of the Legion of Honor’s eight mythological creature sculptures and the ornamentation on the Neiman Marcus building downtown.  Palos,  a Mexican immigrant, came to San Francisco in 1966 to work as a mold maker for the Palace of Fine Arts. Despite his lack of professional experience,  the lead sculptor recognized his talent and took him under his wing. Palos continued to worker as a mold maker while sculpting on the side. He eventually made enough money to take a three-week trip to Italy every year for 20 years to study sculpting and in 1984, he opened his own sculpting business, Manuel Palos Sculpture.

Now that her father is 78, Palos wants to document his life, which is why she seized on the opportunity to bring the collection of photos and documents to the DIGI Center, which ran a free-of-charge, drop-in event as part the San Francisco Latino Heritage Fair.

It was the first time the DIGI Center, which officially opened at the main branch in January, has hosted an event like this for the public at their new central location. The goal on Saturday was to help Latinos publicly document and digitize their family’s history in San Francisco.

“We are trying to do a lot more outreach about digitizing and making it a core library service,” Goldstein said as she held a black and white image of Palos with a classical human sculpture.

Those who work at the DIGI Center decided to open their services to the public during the afternoon portion of the fair, which also featured seminars on how to preserve old photographs and how to organize digital documents and photos.

Palos, who grew up in Bernal Heights, heard about the fair through the San Francisco Latino Historical Society, one of the groups that organized the day’s events. She became emotional while explaining the content of the photographs to Goldstein.

“I almost want to cry…I thought I just really needed to jump on this,” she said to Goldstein.

More at MissionLocal.org

Houston Latino Elected Officials & Community Leaders to Formally Endorse Davis, Van de Putte

Houston Latino elected officials and community leaders held a press conference at to formally endorse Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van dePutte and highlight the contrasts in this race. Houston Latino leaders will work to make sure that their communities know the clear difference between Davis and Van de Putte’s commitment to all Texas families by investing more in our schools to ensure that children are better prepared for the future, and Abbott and Patrick who will allow standardized tests on four year-olds and jeopardize the Texas Dream Act.

“GIVE IT AWAY” PROGRAM TO BENEFIT ABANDONED AND NEGLECTED LOCAL PETS

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Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward has joined the Give It Away” program at Style Cycle where local individuals can bring gently used items to help support the services provided by Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward.

Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward is a non-profit organization on a mission to help abandoned and neglected pets in the impoverished area of the Fifth Ward. They have developed feeding routes throughout the Fifth Ward to prevent animal death due to starvation and malnutrition. They provide medical care and foster and adoptive services for the rescued pets. Many of the animals are found injured, ill and malnourished stray and abandoned on the streets.

 

Style Cycle provides the overhead, sorting, pricing, necessary sales preparation, and merchandising. They have many different outlets to turn non cash donations into much needed cash for local Houston charities.

“We must leverage what we can to make a difference in the community” Allison Cuvillier, owner of Style Cycle said.

To donate, just take your gently used clothing, accessories, housewares, artwork, and furniture to Style Cycle, which is located at 246 W. 19th Street, Houston, TX 77008, and fill out a simple form to get your tax deductible donation receipt. Questions can be referred to Allison Cuvillier by calling 281-888-9171.
Let them know that the items are for Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward and when the items are sold, Forgotten Dogs will receive 25% of the sale price.

“Our company buddies up with Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward so that we can help support their work. This is an on-going charity opportunity that we provide and there are other ways to support them. They function totally 100% on donations and volunteers” said Allison Cuvillier owner of Style-Cycle.

Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward cares for and feeds all the animals they can. They offer animals in the Fifth Ward of Houston help by finding placement in a no kill rescue and assisting the residents of this area with pet food, medical care, and pet care as needed. www.forgottendogs.org

 

Style-Cycle is a fun Vintage Inspired Store on 19th Street in the Houston Heights! The business goal is to have good quality resale items, to keep them revolving in our society, and to provide a service for local charities to turn the donations they receive into cash they can use. The store is located at 246 W. 19th

Houston Children’s Charity Gives Wheelchair Vans to Nine Disabled Houstonians

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Houston’s Children’s Charity and AMS Vans, Inc. have partnered together in support of the nonprofit’s “Chariots for Children” program to give nine lucky Houston individuals and agencies a free wheelchair conversion van. Each of these individuals suffer from multiple handicaps that make their everyday life a challenge for them and their families.

These deserving recipients will receive a wheelchair van that provides families with special needs mobility freedom, unlocking opportunities of transportation and travel. With dealerships expanding across the nation, AMS Vans accommodates wheelchair users and their families with a side or rear wheelchair ramp.

WHO: Laura Ward, Houston Children’s Charity Executive Director
Dallas Crum, AMS Vans, Inc. General Manager/Community Relations Manager
Rachael Gordon, Texas Mattress Makers Official Spokesperson
Tilman Fertitta, Houston Children’s Charity Board Member and CEO of Landry’s, Inc.

Images and interviews will be available with each of these admirable Houstonians and agencies who receive a wheelchair van and have their lives dramatically enhanced.

WHY: With the substantial deduction in cost from AMS Vans, this event will be the most vans Houston Children’s Charity has ever awarded in one year. With so many applicants, the nonprofit’s focus has become to award these vans to individuals and agencies with the greatest need and impact in their lives moving forward.

Through “Chariots for Children”, Houston Children’s Charity has awarded 89 passenger vans, 21 handicapped accessible vehicles, three box trucks, one car and two vehicle modifications to 93 agencies and 21 individual families, at a cost of $2,850,698 over the past 17 years.

Additional event sponsors include: Texas Mattress Makers and Silver Eagle Distributors. During the event, Texas Mattress Makers will also make a surprise announcement with donating 200 beds as well as reveal they are the new Bed Partner of Houston Children’s Charity. For over 35 years, Texas Mattress Makers has been producing high quality mattresses with materials purchased exclusively from US based companies with no outsourced labor. They are the experts in the art of making mattresses, knowing which mattress best fits each customer and guarantees sleep satisfaction.

WHEN: Friday, October 10 from 2 PM – 4 PM
3 PM – signature photo opportunity for van giveaway

WHERE: Willie G’s – Post Oak Room
1605 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

MORE INFO: Houston Children’s Charity is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Greater Houston’s underprivileged, abused, and handicapped children who have been otherwise left behind. The scope of our support is limited only by the availability of resources. Their goal is to let no legitimate request for assistance go unanswered.

Kenneth Cole: ‘Look Good, For Good’ Ending Homelessness Campaign

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Kenneth Cole, a pioneer in the fashion industry who has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to social change for over 30 years, is introducing a new campaign for fall, LOOK GOOD, FOR GOOD.
Building upon the company’s heritage of promoting “style with a purpose,” as well as Kenneth Cole’s personally vested interest in raising awareness for these causes, the new campaign will support specific charitable projects under three company pillars – Collective Health, Civil Liberties, and Artistic Activism. For the Fall ’14 launch, The Kenneth Cole Foundation will support projects through the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, HELP USA, and the Sundance Institute. As an extension of the campaign, Kenneth Cole enlisted three photojournalists to chronicle the work of each charity partner. The campaign is being brought to life digitally at kennethcole.com/ForGood that will feature exclusive photographer and video content from Haiti, Sundance and Help USA, as well as an interactive timeline meant to educate the consumer on the brands 30 year philanthropic history.


 

More at Milled.com

[Photos of the work of Sundance Institute, St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, Help USA]

Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz hits Houston to Kick Off the Border Convo Tour

This week, Alcaraz will be in Houston, speaking on college campuses and also to the general public. At 6 p.m.Tuesday, he’ll appear on KPFT‘s radio show “Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Our Say.” (You can subscribe to its podcast here.) Then at 7:30, he’ll meet and greet the public at a $25-a-head fundraiser for Nuestra Palabra.

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When bridge-blogging is the height of discussion about the border, but only because of its elevation over a highway-then discourse has hit a new low.

That’s the position America is in right now.

Most folks prefer to yell at the border than have a deep discussion about it.

Celebrities voice their xenophobia about Ebola and the border and that gets more attention than science or statistics. Politicians tell Americans that ninja warriors will sneak across the border, or that Isis might sneak through one side or Shazam through the other.

We’re seeing White Flight from intelligent conversation.

That means now we can move in, so we will.

We’re kicking off the Border Convo Tour by bringing BORDERTOWN to the border state. Translation: cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is coming to Texas!

Alcaraz descends on Houston September 9th before heading to San Antonio and other stops in the Lone Star state. His insights are timely and once his new cartoon series BORDERTOWN is released on Fox TV, he’ll be broadening the American Imagination across many topics, as he was born to do.

“I grew up very poor on the U.S.-Mexico Border, on both sides,” he said during aTEDx SoCal talk. “I watched my Mexican immigrant parents struggle on this side of the fence, mainly.”

But Lalo just plain wants to visit us, too. At least that’s what he told us, “I want to tour Texas because I feel I have underserved the Raza de Houston since they yanked my comic there, but I’M NOT BITTER. Also, I hear Rick Perry is a huge fan of my comics, pero pobrecito can only look at the pictures. Tejaztlan is great and the Raza is boisterous and love to argue about barbecue, but I still love it there.” He also just created a cover for HUIZACHE, the magazine of Latino literature, published in Texas, edited by writer Dagoberto Gilb-a Texan who is banned in Arizona. Guilt by Tejano association.

For the Border Convo Tour, Texas colleges, community groups, nonprofits, and businesses will team up to host some of the leading thinkers of our time to discuss the nuances of the border issue, the complexities, and solutions.

Of course, this issue is nothing new. You only have to look at the names of streets in any major city like Houston to see that we have had wave, after wave, after wave of immigration, and Texas has benefited from it.

In fact, in order for the economic and intellectual prosperity of Texas to continue, we must not get swept up by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer-style anti-immigrant hysteria.

We know Texas can make immigration work.

 

More at HuffingtonPost.com

Children’s Book Sale at Bargain Prices

Presented by The Friends of the Houston Public Library, In Partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

 

You are invited to the Annual Children’s Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Houston Public Library, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. At this free event, which is open to the public, everyone will enjoy finding great children’s books for ages up to 18 at bargain prices of $2 or less. All proceeds from the Children’s Book Sale help support the Houston Public Library by providing funding for library programs, materials, and scholarships. Book categories include fiction and nonfiction, parenting and education resources, easy books and board books, graphic novels, audio and visual items, reference materials, encyclopedia sets, and books in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
“We are so pleased to once again provide the Houston community an opportunity to purchase children’s books at a very low cost through the Friends of Houston Public Library,” said Dr. Rhea Lawson, Director of Libraries for Houston Public Library. “We are thrilled about the partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation as we all work together to strengthen literacy in family units. I encourage everyone to participate in this event to grow their home libraries and to instill the love of reading in children.”
In addition to buying books at a bargain price to enjoy with children and build home libraries, attendees will have an opportunity to donate books to children in need across Houston through the partnership with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. As stated in the Foundation’s comprehensive plan for community action, titledHouston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action, “[R]esearch has shown there is only one book available for every 300 children in low-income areas, as opposed to 13 books, on average, in homes of middle- and high-income children.” Additionally, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation will distribute bookmarks and materials to parents about the importance of reading to or with a child daily.
“Books are simply a luxury that many families cannot afford, yet they are essential to a child’s development,” explains Dr. Julie Baker Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. “It is important that we work together to provide these families with the resources they need to achieve success and to help parents understand that reading to a child for just 15 to 20 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in a child’s academic and future success.”
All paperbacks and board books for babies are $1, and all hardbacks are $2. Specially-priced “grab bag” boxes of paperbacks and assorted goodies will be sold for $10 (50-75 items per box). Membership for the Friends of Houston Public Library is only $25 and can be purchased at the sale or online at FriendsofHPL.org.
Educators need to take their tax-exempt ID. Checks, cash, and all credit cards will be accepted.
Sale Dates and Times:
Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 West 11th Street, 77008
  • Friday, September 12, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.