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ARTS & CULTURE

MAY 22 | GAMBRELL RENARD #PILLOWTALK HAPPY HOUR 4-7PM

Join designer Gambrell Renard at Departure Lounge at 311 W. 5th St. in celebration of his new handwoven wool pillow collection made in Peru.

FREEto attend with Wine & Food Specials from 4pm-7pm.

FMI: web | email | tel: 312.476.9165

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MAY 22 | EAST END FOURTH FRIDAY!

Join us Friday to kick off the end of May and the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend with this month’s East End Fourth Fridays!.

DiverseArts Culture Works, in collaboration with the East End IBIZ District, will host another round of the original community-wide block party series this Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Come on down as we open up Kenny Dorham’s Backyard for patrons to enjoy the newly revitalized lawn and community gardens, flavorful food trailers, family friendly activities and live musical performances starting at 7:30 p.m.

The evening’s performances will begin with under 18 artists, ATAP Trio, followed by Woody Russell and Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones.

BYOBeverages (No glass containers please) | Blankets and lawn chairs welcomed.

Come join us this Friday as we move and groove to celebrate the return of East End Fourth Fridays! and the Kenny Dorham’s Backyard performance season. For continuous information and updates, please visit the East End Fourth Fridays! Facebook page or the DiverseArts website.

FMI: web | tel: 512.538.5657

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MAY 27 | FREE CARIBBEAN DANCE VOYAGE CLASSES FOR CHILDREN 6-14

The Austin Caribbean Cultural Exchange invites all children ages 6-14 to immerse themselves in Caribbean cultures through dance. In this five-part series, children will learn Folkloric Dance and Kompa from Haiti, Soca and Chutney from Trinidad and Tobago, Dancehall from Jamaica, and Salsa Choke (choque) from Colombia.

Dancers will have the option to showcase the moves they learn at the first annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Festival, which will take place on June 27th from 12-4pm at the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility.

This class is free and open to the public. So come learn how to wine, nuh linga and choque! Join us at the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, 912 E 11th St. on Wednesdays May 27 - June 24 from 6:30PM-7:30PM.

FMI: web | email

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MAY 27 | MOTHERS AND SONS

A provocative, beautiful new play about who we are and who we love…today. At turns funny and powerful, MOTHERS AND SONS portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son.

Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

MOTHERS AND SONS is on stage Wed-Sun, through June 21.

FMI: web | tel: 512.476.0541

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MAY 28 | JAZZ OUTSIDE WITH BRAZILIAN SPACE PROGRAM AND WD-41

Jazz outside the box at the beautiful outdoor venue Kenny Dorham's Backyard in East Austin.

Featuring WD 41 (Dave Laczko and Willie Oteri) Brazilian Space Program and open free jam to follow. Doors Open: 7:00 PM on Thursday, May 28th at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 East 11th St.

A $5 donation is suggested to help DiverseArts continue it’s work promoting local arts and artists. Children have free admission. B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Food trailers on the grounds.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.538.5657

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MAY 29 | ART AFTER 6 @ THE PEOPLE'S GALLERY

Art After Six @ The People's Gallery May 29,
6-8 pm at Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street.

Stop by The People's Gallery at City Hall for extended gallery hours and talks by artists from the 2015 exhibition!

Artist talks begin at 6:15 pm in Boards & Commissions room. The gallery will be open for self-guided tours 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Artworks are on display on the first three floors. Pick up a gallery guide on the first floor.

Featured artists: Faustinus Deraet, Leslie Kell, Philip Rogers.

The People's Gallery is a program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7700

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MAY 29 | MEET LOCAL AUTHOR MONICA "MOE" ANDERSON AT BOOKPEOPLE

BookPeople is a strong supporter of local authors. On May 29th, meet several local authors. including Dr. mOe Anderson. a dentist, speaker, and survivor who will discuss her latest book "Success Is A Side Effect." The book is filled with heart, humor, and practical tips on pursuing your passions.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.472.4288

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MAY 30 | CELEBRATE BLACK FILM SERIES

The “Celebrate Black Film Series” is a succession of community film screenings hosted by Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District (AACHD) as a partnership of support for the 2015 Capital City Black Film Festival.

The film mixer begins at 7:00PM, preceded by free backyard screening of the film Kings of the Evening starring Tyson Beckford, Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, Reginald T. Dorsey, and Linara Washington.

Kings of the Evening tells the story of Homer Hobbs, who is home after two years in jail and discovers that life on the outside can be crueler than the back-breaking injustice of the chain gang.

Visit kingsoftheevening.com for more details about the movie.

FMI: web | tel: 512.786.8753

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JUNE 7 | BALLET AFRIQUE PRESENTS: DANCING TOWARDS A LEGACY 2015

Ballet Afrique presents two different academy performances June, 7, 2pm & 6pm.

The 2 PM performance highlights the blossoming creative perspective of our 2014 - 2015 Youth Academy season. This performance has many highlights, including the brave first appearance of our Not 2 Young 2 Dance Class, a Bollywood dance from our 4's, a Swan Lake excerpt and Ballet Afrique's twist on Swan Lake, "Botswana Lake".

The 6pm show features an artistic and technical outlook of our youth development programs. This viewing has many highlights as well, including the Swan Lake and Botswana Lake pieces, as well as African drum & dance, with special performances by Kuumba (BA youth company) and Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance.

Both performances offer the unique Ballet Afrique experience, internationally recognized for its commitment to building community, and passionately empowering our youth through culturally relevant dance.

FMI: web | email

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JUNE 16 | ARTIST INC AUSTIN LIVE "WHAT WORKS" WORKSHOP

The Artist INC Live seminar addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and work to hone and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.

Want to learn more about how artists create sustainable careers? Attend our free "What Works" workshop! You'll learn the 10 things that make the difference on the business side of an arts practice and get answers to your questions on topics from marketing to taxes to copyright. This is also a chance to meet the Artist INC Live Austin Peer Facilitators and ask any questions you have about the Artist INC Live seminar. Seating is limited and registration is required. Applications for Artist INC are open through July 6.

The What Works Seminar is FREE and takes place on June 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. 2nd Street.

FMI: web | tel: 512.974.7994

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COMMUNITY

MAY 28 | MIND, BODY & SPIRIT: YOUR HEALTH DEPENDS ON IT!

The impact of the mind, body, and spirit connection on your health in today’s complex world.

Please join us at The Carver Museum’s Cultural Lounge (1165 Angelina Street) on Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 pm, for a free community holistic health symposium, “Mind, Body & Spirit: Your Health Depends on It!”

Moderated by Austin’s Food Justice Advocate Dominique Bowman, a panel of distinguished health & wellness professionals will address important health issues and the impact of the mind, body, and spirit connection on your health and wellbeing.

The event will begin at 6:30 pm with a ‘mix and mingle’ serving healthy refreshments, followed promptly at 7:00 pm by a panel discussion by some of Austin’s most dedicated and distinguished holistic health practitioners. Have your holistic health questions answered by Dr. Kazique Prince, PhD, Dr. Jamie Guyden, MD and Tonya Lyles, Lac. Topics will include how to live holistically every day, immediate steps that can be taken to be truly healthy and why mind, body, spirit medicine is so important. Attendance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP online to gaila.sims@austintexas.gov or call 512.974.4926.

This is a collaborative event by The Carver Museum’s Cultural Lounge and Evolve Integrative Care.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.551.8889

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MAY 30 | JAMES POLK ACADEMY ARTS & TECH FREE SUMMER SAMPLE CLASSES

The Dr. James Polk Academy of Arts & Technology is a creativity-driven non-profit in the Austin-area that empowers underserved youth through programs that develop the skills and knowledge needed to pursue higher education and careers in arts and technology fields.

To kick-off the start of our summer programs we are offering Free Arts & Tech classes to the public on May 30, June 6, and June 30 for 11:30 am- 3:30pm at the ACC African American Culture Center.

STUDENTS WILL:
- Gain a greater understanding of African American history and culture
- Develop new computing skills
- Hear from Technology Industry Professionals
- Work on a summer-long technology project of their own
- Enjoy healthy breakfast, snacks, and lunch
- Participate in daily tech-related exercise activities

The DJP Academy Summer of Technology program is daily, Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm and is completely FREE for students!

Following the Summer Sample Classes, on June 20, we will have a Juneteenth Celebration featuring a showing of SELMA.

For more information about Dr. James Polk Academy visit JamesPolkAcademy.org.

FMI: web | email

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JUNE 8 | AUSPREP: SUMMER SCIENCE AND MATH PROGRAM AT HT

Huston-Tillotson University Opens Registration for Summer Science and Math Program

The application process is open for middle- and high-school students interested in the Huston-Tillotson University Austin Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (AusPrEP) summer program scheduled June 8 through July 24, 2015.

The science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program targets minority students interested in STEM field opportunities. In addition, fifth graders only are eligible for admission to the four-week Pre-Algebra Institute that will be held June 29 through July 24, 2015. Both programs are scheduled on the Huston-Tillotson University campus located at 900 Chicon Street.

Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, email, or in person. For more information, contact Dr. Monique Johnson-Jones, Program Site Director.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.505.6448

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JUNE 13 | COMMUNITY FIT-BLAST!

The Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) and Born Again Bodies® invite you to come out for a FREE great workout while supporting healthy living initiatives that make a difference.

The FREE event will be held from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 13th at Givens Recreation Center, located at 3811 East 12th Street.

Donations are appreciated and welcomed, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit AAAHCT health promotion programs such as Project Breast CARE, Living Healthy on the Eastside and other worthy community initiatives.

This event will feature Jabari Warfield and Born Again Bodies mind-body-spirit fitness coaches/dancers. Zumba, boot camp, kid’s activities and chair exercise will all be a part of this family-friendly event.

Other energetic Austin area instructors may also be featured at this blast for health, wellness and giving. Grab your fitness gear and join us at the Community Fit Blast for health and wellness!

Walk-ins are welcome. However, for headcount purposes email your name and the number of adults, children and youth who plan to attend will be helpful. Let’s Move!

FMI: email | tel: 512.222.7118

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JUNE 20 | AUSTIN HAITIAN CHURCH "MULTICULTURAL EVENTS"

Austin Church presents 1ST Annual Fundraising “KRIK KRAK” RENDEZ-VOUS LAKAY!

Multicultural events featuring a Guest Speaker, Live Performance, Free Haitian Food, Manje Lakay- Manje Kreyòl and more!

PLEASE JOIN US!

FMI: email | tel: 512.299.6633

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PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS & MUSIC

MAY 23 | GET 'EM HIGH - HIP HOP, R&B, & OLD SCHOOL

HOTT Bookings Presents Get 'Em High Every 4th Saturday of Every DAMN Month Bringing you the BEST in Hip Hop, R&B, & Old School.

Saturday, May 23rd at Plush ATX, 617 Red River. Doors Open At 10 PM. No Cover - Free Entry.

DJ DK: http://www.iamdjdk.com/ or https://www.mixcloud.com/iamdjdk

Deehuck: http://soundcloud.com/deehuck

Dj Kay Cali: https://soundcloud.com/dj-kay-cali
and a Special Guest we will be announcing as the event nears.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.934.4601

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MAY 23 | GET ON THE BUS FOR THE WHARTON COUNTY CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

Get on the bus with Yolanda B. for the first Annual Wharton County Daytime Crawfish festival Saturday May 23 to the Wharton County Fairgrounds under large covered pavilion.

Featuring Tucka, Pokey Bear, Keith Frank, TK Soul., Rue Davis and the superior band. Bus will depart at 12:15. BYOB on the Bus and BYOB at the Festival. Bring your lawn chair and an enjoy an evening of blues, R&B and Zydeco. Saturday May 23 showtime 2pm.

Deadline for reservation May 21. Call or email to reserve your seat on the bus. RoundTrip Bus fair $25. Food provided on the bus.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.589.5973

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MAY 23 | 1ST ANNUAL WHARTON COUNTY CRAWFISH & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Live in concert Tucka, Big Pokey Bear, Ms. Veronica, TK Soul, Keith Frank, Rue Davis, Lady Audrey and The Superior Band.

CB Entertainment & Red Kiss Entertainment presents the 1st Annual Wharton County Crawfish & Music Festival on Saturday, May 23 at the Wharton County Fair Grounds covered Pavillion, located at 6036 FM 961 Road in Wharton, Texas.

Gates open at 12:00 pm. Showtime 2:00 pm BYOB. Bring your lawn chair, or bleachers available, and enjoy an evening of crawfish, blues, zydeco and R&B. Presale tickets are $25.

FMI: email | tel: 281.633.1017

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MAY 23 | DEVRI'S FIGHT BENEFIT PARTY

Join Devri & Friends to support and celebrate the gift of life. We're going to have live music from 7pm-12am at Red Eye Fly, 715 Red River St., in order to support her fight for Vasculitis, a rare autoimmune disease she has been fighting for over 4 years now.

Full details about this benefit show are online at the FMI link.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.402.4031

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JUNE 9 | WHAT IS A MARKETING PLAN AND WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS ONE

Developing a thorough marketing plan for a small business startup or expansion is vital to the success of any business. Once complete, a marketing plan becomes a work in progress and can help give your business a significant competitive edge.

The purpose of this class is to provide the tools necessary for any small business to compete successfully in today's challenging business environment. This course will teach you how to look at the economic, sociological, and financial factors which influence the consumer decision-making process and how to forecast industry trends to meet consumer demands. Using an instructor prepared case study, the student will create a marketing plan in class.

Join us from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $35 fee includes light refreshments.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 12 | FANTASIA & FRIENDS PERFORMING AT THE CEDAR PARK CENTER

Fantasia along with her friends Raheem Devaughn, Avery Sunshine,and host Comedian Shaun Jones will be in concert at the Cedar Park Center on Friday June 12.

Doors open at 7:00pm showtime 8:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased online through Ticket Master.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.589.5973

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JUNE 13 | BIG POKEY BEAR IN SHINER TEXAS AT CLUB THIS IS IT

Yolanda Jones, owner of Club "This Is It," presents Big Pokey Bear on Saturday June 13, at 346 Brewery St. in Shiner Texas. Doors open at 7pm, showtime 8pm. BYOB setups and food available.

Presale tickets $20 and $25 at the door. Tickets available at Willies BBQ in Austin & Beacons Clothing in San Antonio, or at This Is It Club.

FMI: tel: 210.246.2305

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JUNE 20 | R&B SUPER STAR KELLY PRICE LIVE IN CONCERT

R&B Super Star Kelly Price will headline the 2015 Summer Concert Series at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday June 20th 8pm in San Antonio.

As a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Kelly has supported the organization with her Sisters in the Spirit Tour which now comes to Texas. All seats are reserved - call for hotel and ticket packages.

FMI: web | email | tel: 210.775.8282

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PROFESSIONAL

MAY 29 | QUICKBOOKS - INTRODUCTION

Whether you are a brand new user looking to master the fundamentals of QuickBooks, or an existing user wishing to take your QuickBooks knowledge to another level, the QuickBooks Basic seminar can help you improve the way you use QuickBooks accounting software to manage your business.

This seminar covers accounting basics, tracking revenue and expenses, bank reconciliation and file setup using QuickBooks Pro accounting software. Don't waste time through trial and error learning. If you want to reduce frustration, and increase accuracy in your business, this training is for you.

QuickBooks 2015 software will be loaded onto the PCs provided for you during the class session. Software or Mac computers are not provided for students during this training session.

Join us 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $85 fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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MAY 29 | NEW CO PRESENTS STRETCH RECIPES COOKING EXPERIENCE

NewCo is a new kind of event experience: a mashup of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival.

Register to attend sessions given by local innovative companies and organizations. You get to pick which sessions you would like to see and which company/organization you’d like to visit in their native environment.

Visit the website for more information and be sure to add Stretch Recipes to your schedule!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.804.8804

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JUNE 2 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. This event is free.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 9 | FORMING AND MAINTAINING A BUSINESS ENTITY

Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership or structure. Whether you are an individual owner or a partner, the choice you make impacts multiple aspects of your business, including taxes, personal liability, ownership succession, and others.

It's not a decision to be entered into lightly - or one that should be made without sound counsel from business experts. In this session, you will receive an in-depth analysis of the most common entity types for Texas businesses and the types of documentation associated with those entity types. You will also have an opportunity to have your questions answered. The session will be taught by local business attorney James Howard.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $25 fee.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 10 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM at the Old Quarry Branch Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr. This event is free.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 16 | BIZAID BUSINESS ORIENTATION

BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview of opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth. In this session, you will be informed of key questions to consider when developing your business and resources to take you to the next level.

Join us for this free event from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Workforce Solutions - Lone Star Room, 6505 Airport Blvd.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 16 | ROADMAP TO SUCCESS: HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN

You would never start out on a long road trip with no directions, so why would you start your business with no map to take you where you want to go?

This course provides a practical, step-by-step instruction in how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business. Upon completion, a business plan can be submitted to a financial institution or private investor for funding or used for implementation.

Emphasis will be placed on a plan's components, format, marketing and financial projections and analysis. This class will teach you how to review all the various components of a business plan and apply learned concepts in developing a plan for your own business.

Join us 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110. $45 fee includes light breakfast.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 16 | SBA ACCESS TO CAPITAL : MICROLOANS

Alternative Financing and Microloans - Financing session on SBAs Guaranty Loan Programs and other resources available for the small business community. Start-ups and existing businesses can gain access to capital for their business needs such as, working capital, purchase land and building, equipment, inventory, leasehold improvements and other legitimate business purposes.

Join us for this FREE class from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM at the Entrepreneurial Center - Training Room 2, 4029 South Capital of Texas Highway #110.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 17 | BIZOPEN ORIENTATION

The BizOpen Orientation provides a general overview of the potential steps in the City of Austin's development process. The objective is to help you identify which processes are relevant to your business location development, and how to navigate the steps in a timely and efficient manner.

Material will cover the following: Development Assessment, Land Use and Zoning, Site Plan Review, Building Plans and Permits, and Inspections and Certificate of Occupancy.

Join us for FREE from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM in the Client Services Room, One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd. 13th Floor.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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JUNE 19 | BLOGGING WHILE BROWN

In response to a lack of diversity at large social media and networking conferences, Gina McCauley founded Blogging While Brown, the first international conference for bloggers of color. In addition to designing and implementing the curriculum for digital literacy training, she regularly speaks at some of the largest social media conferences in the world, including South by Southwest Interactive, Netroots Nation, Blogher, and Blog World Expo.

Blogging While Brown is more than a conference, it is a community - an incubator of creativity, collaboration and sustainability for emerging leaders in digital media and social change. We've been around since 2007 and our evolution has mirrored the explosion of social media's impact in our daily lives.

Since its launch in 2008, Blogging While Brown has grown to become the premier blogging conference dedicated to education, collaboration, and innovation among bloggers of color. The conference brings Black social media experts, speakers, and independent content creators together to expand their influence in social media and technology. The conference offers an opportunity to learn tools and strategies to build engaging and dynamic online platforms, leverage online engagement for offline results, and create sustainable business and activism models.

FMI: web

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SPIRITUAL

MAY 24 | SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE

Come out and fellowship at Walking By Faith Ministries Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. We are located at The Holiday Inn, 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd.

FMI: email | tel: 512.271.5136

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MAY 30 | 2015 WOMENS CONFERENCE

Curtis Dean Ministries Presents Women's Empowerment Conference 2015. This event was created with the purpose of inspiring, encouraging, building and educating.

Throughout this Conference, seminars and lectures are conducted that focus on physical, business, spiritual, financial and emotional health. This event will be held May 30th at Grant Worship Center 1701 Kramer Ln.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.695.3275

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MAY 30 | 2015 GOOD HOPE BROTHERHOOD WORKSHOP

2015 Good Hope Brotherhood Workshop on Saturday, May 30th @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Topics of Discussion include "Waiting On Man To Get Into Position", "Are You Stuck At The Gate?" and "Where Art Thou . . . Really?"

Our featured Guest Speaker will be Min. Rodney Geter from Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Continental Breakfast & Lunch will be served.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.934.4601

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MAY 30 | PRAISE BRUNCH - A FUNDRAISER FOR JRON ENTERTAINMENT

Come out and support Playwright Ron Jones and the cast of the hit stage play "Love's Gonna Get'cha" as they make way to perform in our Nations Capital at the DC Black Theater Festival in June.

Brunch will be served and our Special Musical Guest will be The Fam Ministry. All proceeds will defray the cost of travel for the cast and crew. Join us at One Way Baptist Church
2107 Hairy Man Road in Round Rock.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.629.9542

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MAY 31 | 2015 GOOD HOPE BROTHERHOOD ANNUAL

All men are invited to celebrate this joyous occasion with the men of Good Hope Baptist Church located in Round Rock at 207 Chisholm Trail, starting at 11am.

Our featuredGuest Speaker will be Rev. A. L. Bell from First Baptist Church in Texas City, TX.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.934.4601

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JUNE 8 | BIBLE BLAST TO THE PAST VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Youth of all ages are invited to join Cornerstone Baptist Church and Agape Baptist Church for a bible blast to the past to discover God's everlasting love!

Kids will KNOW what God's love is, EXPLORE God's everlasting love, and SERVE God by loving others.

Classes are available for youth ages 3-17 and also adults! This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact Claudia Dorsey at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

FMI: email | tel: 512.251.5661

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FURTHER OUT

JUNE 26 | ATX GRILLING CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTED BY STRETCH RECIPES LIVE

Businesses come together to support the local community and Capital Area Food Bank by coming together for a grilling competition.

Doesn't matter the type of business, just have to have a heart for connecting the community and helping to drive donations to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Bring your own grill and have a good time! For more info, feel free to visit our website and be sure to let us know if your business or team wants to compete!

Prizes include
- 4 day trip to San Francisco OR $5,000 in Advertising Credits
- 7 day Trip to Brazil

Door Prizes
- To be announced!

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.804.8804

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JUNE 26 | ART AFTER 6 @ THE PEOPLE'S GALLERY

Art After Six @ The People's Gallery, June 26
from 6-8 pm at Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street.

Stop by The People's Gallery at City Hall for extended gallery hours and talks by artists from the 2015 exhibition!

Artist talks begin at 6:15 pm in Boards & Commissions room. The gallery will be open for self-guided tours 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Artworks are on display on the first three floors. Pick up a gallery guide on the first floor.

Featured artists: Barbara Irwin, Amy Scofield, Liana Tomchess

The People's Gallery is a program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.974.7700

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JUNE 27 | AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK FESTIVAL: #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Austin’s African American Book Festival will explore love, perseverance, and intellectual growth under the heading #BlackLivesMatter on Saturday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carver Museum and Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Featured speakers include author M.K. Asante, novelist Beverly Jenkins, and UT professor Dr. Kevin Cokley.

Asante, an award-winning author, poet and filmmaker, will discuss his memoir “Buck”, the story of how he overcame the temptations of urban life to become not only an artistic tour de force, but also a tenured college professor.

With more than 30 titles to her credit, Jenkins is one of the most widely read writers of historical romances. Her work is set in the 19th century and features African American protagonists. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, People, and The Dallas Morning News.

In an article for the Harvard Educational Review, Cokley challenges the notion that black students are anti-intellectual. Cokely, who is also a counseling psychologist, explores how issues of identity impact the achievement of African American students.

Once again, the festival is FREE and will host book discussions and a Texas author showcase.

Now in its ninth year, the African American Book Festival is a multi-generational event intended to promote literary exploration and library usage in the community.

FMI: web link | email |

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JUNE 27 | GET PAID FOR DOMESTIC/SEXUAL ABUSE STUDY PARTICIPATION

Black women who identify as African-American, African, Afro-Caribbean, or Afro-Latina: Participate in a discussion to improve services for Black women in Travis County and receive a stipend.

Texas State University is conducting a confidential research study about Black women's experiences and opinions about domestic and sexual violence services in Travis County. This study is designed to help develop or improve these services for Black women.

The study will be conducted by Dr. Rose Pulliam, Social Work Professor at Texas State. Women who are 18 years of age or older who live in Travis County and have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence are eligible to participate. Food will be provided.

FMI: email | tel: 512.245.4520

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JUNE 30 | BECOMING ONE MARRIAGE RETREAT

Have you ever planned a wonderful romantic vacation, complete with a lovely room, candle-lit dinners, and white sand beaches, only to discover that you've run out of things to talk about and silence spoils the sunset? We have been listening to painful stories like these for nearly 20 years told by happy couples. The nonstop stresses of today’s busy world can even knock the wind out of a good relationship.

Now you can revitalize your relationship while also having a world-class romantic escape. In an intimate, four day couples retreat (there will be no more than 50 couples), we offer you enrichment sessions full of biblical knowledge and research-based skills for deepening affection, managing conflicts, and strengthening connections in a luxurious, comfortable, and beautiful setting. In addition to scheduled group sessions, you and your spouse will spend many scheduled private moments that have been designed to stimulate closeness, invite new discoveries; all while rediscovering why you said "I Do".

Save over 20% on the Early Bird Special for a limited time - before June 30th. Everything about the Becoming ONE Marriage Retreat is uniquely designed to help you meet your relationship objectives while having the time of your life.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.966.5237

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JULY 15 | SOPHISTICATED LADIES STARRING JENNIFER HUDSON AT ZACH

Welcome to Harlem’s famed Cotton Club in this stylish, brassy musical celebration of Duke Ellington’s greatest musical hits. A full on-stage orchestra backs superb jazz vocalists, extraordinary tap dancers, dazzling deco costumes, and unforgettable torch singers who bring classics like “Mood Indigo,” “Take the A Train,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” to vivid life in this grand Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

Never before produced in Austin!

Sophisticated Ladies will star Broadway’s original Dreamgirl, Grammy and Tony award-winning Jennifer Holliday. Sophisticated Ladies is on stage at Zach Weds - Suns, July 15 - August 23.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.476.0541

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JULY 24 | WOMEN ON FIRE EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE 2015

Gossip Talk Radio with Lady T will be a vendor at the Women on Fire Empowerment Conference 2015. Women on Fire is an organization of women who are on fire for God. This event will be life changing, powerful, and inspirational. Be ready to be encouraged with music by Psalmists, Danielle Washington, Eboni Wilson, and Fannie Campbell.

Gossip Talk Radio will have a table and would like you to stop by for fun, games, and free gifts. Gossip Talk Radio is an up and coming reality talk show that discusses life situations of bullying, relationships, insecurity, abuse, and more that everyday people are going through. Come out and support these two organizations that are trying to make a difference.

Join us on Fri. / Sat. July 24th & July 25th at Faith Point Church, 3504 E Central Texas Expressway in Killeen. Tickets are available online.

FMI: web link | email |

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JULY 29 | SAVE THE DATE: STATEWIDE PROCUREMENT CONNECTION SEMINAR

Hosted by the Statewide HUB Program, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - The 2015 PCSE will include workshops providing vendors guidance and training on the state government purchasing process.

There will also be panels of agency and university purchasing representatives providing information from their agencies perspectives. Time will be allotted for vendors to network with state purchasers to explore tools and approaches that can help them secure state business. All vendors are encouraged to attend.

Join us at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Details are coming soon!

FMI: web link | email | tel: 512.463.5894

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