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  • Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Houston/Harris County, TX. Focus

    Harris County beats Texas average for number of uninsured:

    One in three adults in Harris County lacked health insurance in 2008 while Texas continued to have the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation, the Census Bureau reported Monday. Harris County's overall uninsured rate of 26.9 percent was the seventh-highest among Texas' 50 most populous counties, according to data from the American Community Survey.


    Sounds like Harris County desperately needs healthcare reform!


    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)

    Health Access Texas host Healthcare Reform Luncheon
    Date: Tuesday October 20, 2009
    Time: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Type: Lunch (Public)
    Location: La Colombe d'Or 3407 Yoakum Blvd.
    Street: 3407 Yoakum Blvd.
    City/State/Zip: Houston, Texas
    Phone: (713) 529-4020
    Healthcare Access Texas will host the Great Expectations for Healthcare Reform Luncheon with special speaker Governor Howard Dean, M.D. Also honoring Stephen J. Spann M.D., M.B.A. Senior Vice-President and Dean of Clinical Affairs Baylor College of Medicine and L. Maximilian Buja, M.D. Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

    The luncheon will be held at La Colombe d'Or, 3407 Yoakum Blvd. on Tuesday, October 20th from 11:30 am - 2:30 p.m.

    Interested parties can obtain information about sponsorships and tickets by calling (713) 529-4020 or e-mailing patnelson19a@comcast.net.

    Harris County Democratic Party Communications Working Group
    Date: Tuesday October 20, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the third Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HCDP 1445 N Loop W, Ste 110, Houston 77008
    The HCDP Communications Working Group will meet at 6:30 pm in the HCDP office. For more information, contact jsjenkins44@yahoo.com

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday October 23, 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 October 23, 2009
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the fourth 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 Chapter of Texas Democratic Women Organizational Meeting
    Date: Monday October 26, 2009
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: TBA
    More details to follow. For information contact Barbara Gardner at bjgardner@tuckervaughn.com

    Harris County Young Democrats General Meeting
    Date: Tuesday October 27, 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: Meet and Greet Candidates on the Nov. Ballot
    Date: Tuesday October 27, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    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.

    This month will be a meet and greet for candidates on the Nov. 2009 ballot. All candidates for city, college district, and school board races are invited.

    Texas Democratic Women of Fort Bend County Meeting
    Date: Wednesday October 28, 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 Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday October 30, 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.

    Friday October 30, 2009: Last day of early voting for the Nov 3, 2009 election

    Tuesday November 3, 2009 Election
    Time: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Nov 3, 2009 elections in Harris County will include the City of Houston municipal elections and statewide elections on proposed Constitutional Amendments.

    Democracy for Houston Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday November 4, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
    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 November 4, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
    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

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday November 6, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    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 November 9, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Monday.
    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.

    Harris County Democratic Party Brown Bag Lunch
    Date: Tuesday November 10, 2009
    Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    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 November 10, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    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 November 12, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    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 November 12, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.
    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 November 13, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    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.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday November 20, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    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 November 24, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Tuesday.
    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 November 24, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Tuesday.
    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.

    Texas Democratic Women of Fort Bend County Meeting
    Date: Wednesday November 25, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Wednesday.
    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 Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday November 27, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    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 November 27, 2009
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Friday.
    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.

    Democracy for Houston Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday December 2, 2009
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
    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 December 2, 2009
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
    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

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday December 4, 2009
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
    Repeat: This event repeats every week.
    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.

    First day candidates may file to run for office
    Date: Saturday December 5, 2009
    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Location: HCDP headquarters, 1445 North Loop West, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77008
    Candidates may file for a place on the 2010 Harris County Democratic Primary ballot between only between Dec. 5, 2009, and Jan. 4, 2010. Please contact HCDP for more information. Call HCDP at 713-802-0085 or email martha@hcdp.org

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