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  • Saturday, August 22, 2009

    Houston/Harris County, TX. Focus

    Important Event! Let's Get It Done: Health Insurance Reform Now Rally
    Date: Thursday September 3, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002
    Join hundreds of Houstonians as they speak out in favor of National Health Care Reform. Participating organizations include: Organizing for America, HCAN, ACORN, AFL- CIO, The Harris County Democratic Party, Houston Federation of Teachers, SEIU HOPE, SEIU Justice for Janitors.

    The "Let's Get It Done: Health Insurance Reform Now Rally!" will be at the Houston City Hall Reflecting Pool, Thursday, September 3rd, starting at 6:30pm. Contact Amber Goodwin at
    goodwinA@dnc.org for more information.

    ALSO SEE EVENTS SECTION BELOW for many Town Hall meetings in your area.


    From the Blogs:

    Sheriff Garcia Gives a Good Presentation: Sheriff Adrian Garcia was the featured speaker at this month’s HCDP Brown Bag Lunch. Before a great presentation by the Sheriff, there was added excitement when Diane Trautman announced she will be running for Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector in 2010.


    Biodiesel: Biodiesel is an American produced fuel that is cleaner than traditional diesel. Up to B20 (a 20% blend of biodiesel and traditional diesel) any diesel engine, car or truck, can run on it. Above B20, some older engines may have problems but newer diesel engines should be ok. Here are some gas stations selling biodiesel near Houston:

    ORourke Petroleum: 223 McCarty Street, Houston, TX 77029, 713-672-4500. Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine). CFN CARDLOCK ONLY

    hyperfuels.com: 12969 W Hardy Frontage Toll Rd, Houston, TX 77037, 877-447-7207. Offers B100 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). Open 9 AM - 5 PM.

    Peachleaf Bio: 1611 Peachleaf St, Houston, TX 77039, 281-449-9500. Offers B99 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). COOP SIGNUP NEEDED. Call for details. Open M-F 8-5.

    Houston Biodiesel: 723 N Drennan Street, Houston, TX 77003, 713-222-0832. Offers B100 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). Open 9:30-6 M-F; WEEKENDS CALL

    American Greenfuels: 6421 Eppes St, Houston, TX 77087, 713-634-0033. Offers B99 (good in newer diesel engines, older engines may have problems). CALL FOR AVAILABILITY


    EVENTS:

    This comes from the Harris County Democratic Party: (selected events, they have more on their website)

    Phone Bank & Pizza Party-Sponsored by Harris County Democratic Party Coord. Campaign
    Date: Monday August 24, 2009
    Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Type: Other (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ-1445 N. Loop West, Ste. 110

    This is the kind of activism that is critical for winning. Your help is very much needed!

    If you can't make it Monday evening, you may stop by HCDP HQ any evening next week (Tuesday, Aug.25-Friday,Aug.28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.)to make phone calls. However, PIZZA PARTY IS ONLY ON MONDAY EVENING.

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Town Hall Meeting
    Date: Monday August 24, 2009
    Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Gethsemane MBC Gym, 8775 Flagship Dr., Houston 77029
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee cordially invites her constituents to a town hall meeting on health care reform. Please RSVP. Call 713-655-0050, fax 713-655-1612, or e-mail jacksonlee@mail.house.gov

    A second town hall meeting the same day:

    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Travis Elementary School, 3311 Beauchamp, Houston 77009
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee cordially invites her constituents to a town hall meeting on health care reform. Please RSVP. Call 713-655-0050, fax 713-655-1612, or e-mail jacksonlee@mail.house.gov

    Harris County Young Democrats General Meeting
    Date: Tuesday August 25, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Bohemeos, 708 Telephone Rd., Houston TX 77023
    A group of young progressives (ages 14-40) from all walks of life who are unified in dedication to social justice. We meet monthly to discuss political issues and elections, as well as to volunteer for local campaigns and fundraise for local charities.

    Harris County Democratic Party Evening Brown Bag: Issues and Answers
    Date: Tuesday August 25, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP 1445 N Loop W, Ste 110, Houston 77008
    The Harris County Democratic Party continues its new Evening Brown Bag: Issues and Answers Series. Party Headquarters, 1445 N Loop West, Ste. 110 Houston, Texas 77008. For more information, please contact martha@hcdp.org or 713-802-0085.

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Town Hall Meeting
    Date: Tuesday August 25, 2009
    Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Third Ward Multi Service Center, 3611 Ennis St., Houston 77004
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee cordially invites her constituents to a town hall meeting on health care reform. Please RSVP. Call 713-655-0050, fax 713-655-1612, or e-mail jacksonlee@mail.house.gov

    and a second town hall meeting the same day:

    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: St. Joseph Hospital, 1401 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston 77002
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee cordially invites her constituents to a town hall meeting on health care reform. Please RSVP. Call 713-655-0050, fax 712-655-1612, or e-mail jacksonlee@mail.house.gov

    Congressman Al Green Town Hall Meeting
    Date: Tuesday August 25, 2009
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: The Power Center, 12401 S Post Oak Rd., Houston 77030
    Congressman Al Green extends a personal invitation to all friends to join him at his Health Care Reform Town Hall. Contact 713-383-9234 for information.

    Texas Democratic Women of Fort Bend County Meeting
    Date: Wednesday August 26, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Wednesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugarland, TX
    We meet the last Wednesday of each month. For more information e-mail Monica Garcia: TDWFB@aol.com.

    TGIF Coffee Break at the Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday August 28, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    Harris County Young Democrats Happy Hour
    Date: Friday August 28, 2009
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Friday.
    Type: Happy Hour (Public)
    Location: Ernie's on Banks, 1010 Banks St. @ Montrose, Houston, TX
    Come and meet fellow Young Democrats at our monthly Happy Hour Social. Be sure to bring a friend, or two, or three even! For more info, please contact Conrad at hcyd.webmaster@gmail.com.

    Sheriff Adrian Garcia sponsors a Petition Signing Party for Judicial Candidates
    Date: Saturday August 29, 2009
    Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Pleasant Hill Village Baptist Church, 3814 Lyons Ave., Houston 77020
    Saturday, August 29, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia will host a petition signing party for Democratic judicial candidates at Pleasant Hill Village Baptist Church, 3814 Lyons, Houston, Texas 77020. The event will be from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will feature plenty of free food and drinks and lots of judicial candidates who need your help signing their petitions to enable them to run of office in the 2010 elections. Call HCDP at 713-802-0085 or email hcdp@hcdp.org for more information.

    Harris County Democratic Lawyers' 5th Annual Clarence Darrow Awards
    Date: Monday August 31, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Birraporetti's Restaurant, 500 Louisiana, Houston 77002
    The Harris County Democratic Lawyers’ Association is proud to announce that Francis “Sissy” Farenthold is HCDLA’s 5th Annual Clarence Darrow Award recipient. A ceremony will be held in her honor on August 31, 2009 at Birraporettis Restaurant downtown, 500 Louisiana, Houston, Tx. 77002, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact: Lee Arellano, President, www.HCDLA.com or 713-520-5313.

    Texas Democratic Party Fundraiser at Nicole and Jim Perdue, Jr.'s home
    Date: Tuesday September 1, 2009
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: 3227 Reba Dr., Houston, TX 77019
    Join Boyd Richie, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, at a fundraiser for the TDP on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the home of Nicole and Jim Perdue, Jr., 3227 Reba Dr., Houston 77019.

    Individual tickets are $100, sponsorships range from $500 to $10,000.

    For more information or to RSVP, please contact Debra Guilford at 512-478-9800 or dguilford@txdemocrats.org.

    Congressman Gene Green Town Hall Meeting
    Date: Tuesday September 1, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: 1201 Jeff Ginn Memorial Dr. Pasadena, TX 77506
    Congressman Gene Green supports Healthcare Reform. He needs support and input on this very important issue. Please plan on attending one or more of these meetings and let him know that you support Healthcare Reform.

    Please Note: Congressman Green is limiting access to the Town Hall Meetings to residents of his districts, District 29. Participants will be required to show that they reside in the 29th District.

    Democracy for Houston Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday September 2, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ, 1445 North Loop West, Ste. 110, Houston, TX
    6:30 pm social; 7:00 pm meeting at 1445 N Loop West, Ste. 110, Houston, Texas 77008.

    For more info contact Phillip McNutt at mgrnutt@yahoo.com.

    Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
    Date: Wednesday September 2, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: Havens Center, 1827 W. Alabama (near Woodhead)
    Street: Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus
    City/State/Zip: POB 66664, Houston Tx 77266-6664
    Phone: 713 521 1000
    Monthly club meeting.

    Please note the new location for the monthly meetings is Havens Center, located near Alabama & Woodhead, 713-528-6665
    Visit our web site: www.thecaucus.org

    Let's Get It Done: Health Insurance Reform Now Rally
    Date: Thursday September 3, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby, Houston 77002
    Join hundreds of Houstonians as they speak out in favor of National Health Care Reform. Participating organizations include: Organizing for America, HCAN, ACORN, AFL- CIO, The Harris County Democratic Party, Houston Federation of Teachers, SEIU HOPE, SEIU Justice for Janitors.

    The "Let's Get It Done: Health Insurance Reform Now Rally!" will be at the Houston City Hall Reflecting Pool, Thursday, September 3rd, starting at 6:30pm. Contact Amber Goodwin at
    goodwinA@dnc.org for more information.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday September 4, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Town Hall Meeting
    Date: Saturday September 5, 2009
    Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Fallbrook Church, 12512 Walters Rd., Houston 77014
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee cordially invites her constituents to a town hall meeting on health care reform. Please RSVP. Call 713-655-0050, fax 713-655-1612, or e-mail jasckonlee@mail.house.gov

    Harris County Democratic Party Brown Bag Lunch
    Date: Tuesday September 8, 2009
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP Headquarters, 1445 North Loop West, #110 (exit Ella Blvd.)
    The Brown Bag Lunch is a monthly event of the Harris County Democratic Party, held at our offices, 1445 North Loop West (exit Ella Blvd.) Come meet Fellow Democrats. You bring your lunch, we provide the soft drinks.

    Houston Area Stonewall Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday September 8, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1445 N. Loop W. , Suite 110 , Houston, TX 77008
    Stonewall Dems and their allies meet each month.

    For further info: email houstonareastonewalldemocrats@gmail.com or call 832-474-3926.
    visit our website:
    www.houstonareastonewalldemocrats.com

    Houston Black American Democrats Meeting
    Date: Thursday September 10, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Location: Judge Zinetta Burney's, Pct. 7, Position 2 Courtroom, 5300 Griggs Road, Houston Texas 77021
    Contact: Gabriel Hadnot 713-697-6732.
    gmhadnot@aol.com

    Tejano Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Thursday September 10, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQs, 1445 North Loop West, Ste 110
    Harris County Tejano Democrats meet every month on 2nd Thursday at 7pm.
    For more information, contact Sandra Puente(chair)email:HCTD01@aol.com 713-864-4700.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday September 11, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    Houston Stonewall Young Democrats Meeting
    Date: Monday September 14, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Monday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Stag's Head Pub, 2128 Portsmouth, (near Richmond @ Shepherd), 77098
    Contact Robert Shipman at 713-553-8900 or email vp.community@houstonstonewallyd.org for further information.

    Southeast Precinct Judges Council Meeting
    Date: Tuesday September 15, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Sunnyside Multi-Service Center, 4605 Wilmington Street @ Cullen
    Street: Wilmington @ Cullen
    Southeast Precinct Judges Council meeting. For further information contact: Willie Belle Boone, 713/733-5825, wbboone@swbell.net

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday September 18, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    Harris County Young Democrats General Meeting
    Date: Tuesday September 22, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the fourth Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Bohemeos, 708 Telephone Rd., Houston TX 77023
    A group of young progressives (ages 14-40) from all walks of life who are unified in dedication to social justice. We meet monthly to discuss political issues and elections, as well as to volunteer for local campaigns and fundraise for local charities.

    Harris County Democratic Party Evening Brown Bag: Issues and Answers
    Date: Tuesday September 22, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the fourth Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP 1445 N Loop W, Ste 110, Houston 77008
    The Harris County Democratic Party continues its new Evening Brown Bag: Issues and Answers Series. Party Headquarters, 1445 N Loop West, Ste. 110 Houston, Texas 77008. For more information, please contact martha@hcdp.org or 713-802-0085.

    Annual State Tejano Democrats Convention
    Date: Friday September 25 - Saturday September 26, 2009
    Time: All Day
    Repeat: This event repeats every day until Saturday September 26, 2009.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: Holiday Inn Riverwalk (San Antonio, TX) 210-224-2500
    Committee meetings begin Friday at 5pm. Convention ends Saturday.
    Agenda to include Election of State Officers and Constitution & By-Laws Review.
    For information call Peter Vallecillo at 210-854-3053 between 8-5pm.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday September 25, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

    Harris County Young Democrats Happy Hour
    Date: Friday September 25, 2009
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Friday.
    Type: Happy Hour (Public)
    Location: Ernie's on Banks, 1010 Banks St. @ Montrose, Houston, TX
    Come and meet fellow Young Democrats at our monthly Happy Hour Social. Be sure to bring a friend, or two, or three even! For more info, please contact Conrad at hcyd.webmaster@gmail.com.

    Harris County Democratic Party Clubs and Organizations Meeting
    Date: Saturday September 26, 2009
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: HCDP Headquarters, 1445 N Loop W, #110, Houston, 77008
    Street: HCDP Headquarters 1445 North Loop West suite #110
    City/State/Zip: Houston, Tx 77008
    Phone: 281-804-8341
    Each Democratic Club and Organization should send a representative or two to the meeting. This is a working/sharing ideas meeting for all Democratic groups. Contact: joolijaxon@yahoo.com or call HCDP at 713-802-0085 for information.

    Kingwood Area Democrats "Turn Harris County Blue-Green"
    Date: Sunday September 27, 2009
    Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Kim Son, 2001 Jefferson St., Houston
    On behalf of the Kingwood Area Democrats in Harris County, we would like to announce and cordially invite you to our annual fundraiser. This year, our highly anticipated event, Turn Harris County Blue-Green will incorporate a fashion show with elected officials and candidates. In keeping with this theme, we are requesting that local designers showcase designs including eco-friendly apparel.

    This event will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition and the Harris County Democratic Party's 2010 Coordinated Campaign.

    Tickets are $50.00 per person and $75.00 at the door.

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    Emerald Vogue Sponsor – $5,000
    Shamrock Runway Sponsor - $2,500
    Sea Green Soiree Sponsor - $1,000
    Olive Fashionista - $500

    For further inquiries regarding sponsorships, please do not hesitate to contact the fashion show coordinators at turnharriscountybluegreen@gmail.com.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday October 2, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP HQ 1445 N Loop W, ste 110, Houston 77008
    Stop by for coffee and conversation at the HCDP office on Friday from 9:30 to 11 am. Email martha@hcdp.org for more information.

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