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  • Friday, January 22, 2010

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    News from Houston/Harris County:

    Here's a headline you don't want to see

    Wilson off the ballot, Sylvia in big trouble

    FBI looking into harassment incident at HFD...on a related note: Good Work By Annise Parker In Getting Rid Of Fire Chief—Picture Of Fire Engine

    Disturbing story: Houston’s Slave Trade

    2009 Texan of the Year: Houston Mayor Annise Parker

    Harris County judge filings...these are elections that are often ignored but are extremely important


    BIODIESEL IN HARRIS COUNTY:

    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)

    Harris County Young Democrats General Meeting
    Date: Tuesday January 26, 2010
    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 January 26, 2010
    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.

    Spring Branch Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday January 27, 2010
    Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Wednesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: HEB Community Room, 9710 Katy Fwy, Houston 77055 (NW corner of I-10 & Bunker Hill)
    Join Spring Branch Democrats for their monthly meeting. The meet & greet begins at 6:00, & the meeting begins at 7:00.

    NOTE: The meeting room has a separate entrance from HEB's grocery entrance.

    Spring Branch Dems meets the 4th Wednesday of each month. Regular meeting place is the HEB Community Room, 9710 Katy Freeway (at Bunker Hill), Houston, TX 77055. Meeting location may sometimes vary – please check website (www.springbranchdemocrats.com) for location.

    Contact crow_2004vote@hotmail.com or www.springbranchdemocrats.com, or call Anne at 713-467-9020.

    Texas Democratic Women of Fort Bend County Meeting
    Date: Wednesday January 27, 2010
    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.

    Oil Patch Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Thursday January 28, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the last Thursday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: 1445 North Loop West, Ste 110, Houston 77008
    Contact Jim Rine at 281-414-1386 or John Preston at 713-659-6444 for more information.

    Harris County Young Democrats Happy Hour
    Date: Friday January 29, 2010
    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.

    Democracy for Houston workshop
    Date: Saturday January 30, 2010
    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: CWA Hall, 1730 Jefferson, Houston
    HOW TO WIN IN 2010
    Democracy for Houston Training Workshop for Precinct Chairs and Political Activists
    Saturday. January 30, 2010
    Communications Workers of America (CWA) Hall, 1730 Jefferson, Houston
    Registration: 8 am - 9 am
    Sessions: 9am - 5pm

    For more information: Sue Mallott, smdemocrat@flash.net

    Last day to register to vote to be able to vote in the March 2010 Primary
    Date: Monday February 1, 2010
    Time: All Day
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Feb 1 is the last day a person may submit an application to register to vote in the March 2, 2010 primary election.

    Democracy for Houston Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday February 3, 2010
    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 February 3, 2010
    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

    Kingwood Area Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday February 3, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Kings Crossing Apartments meeting room, 4545 Kingwood Dr, Houston 77345
    Kingwood Area Democrats meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Kings Crossing Apartments, 4545 Kingwood Dr. (across from Randalls). Go to http://www.kingwoodareademocrats.org/ for more information.

    Cy-Fair Area Democratic Club
    Date: Thursday February 4, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, Tx
    Street: 3055 Bear Creek Drive
    City/State/Zip: Houston, TX 77084
    The February 4 meeting of the Cy-Fair Area Democratic Club will feature Randall Morton, President of the Progressive Forum. The public is invited to attend.

    The meeting will be held at Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Drive, on Thursday, February 4. A half-hour meet-and-greet starts at 6:30pm, and the meeting starts at 7pm.

    Join Cy-Fair Area Democrats on the first Thursday of every month. 6:30pm--Meet and Greet; program at 7pm. Most meetings wrap before 8:30 p.m. For further information, contact John Brewer at cyfairdems@gmail.com or john.brewer1023@att.net or call 281-794-5208.

    TGIF Coffee Break at Harris County Democratic Party
    Date: Friday February 5, 2010
    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.

    Alief Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Saturday February 6, 2010
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the first Saturday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Bray's Village Clubhouse, 11203 Oakcenter, Houston
    Meets every 1st Saturday at 10am at Bray's Village clubhouse, 11203 Oakcenter, Houston, TX 77072.

    For more information, contact Leif Hatlen, President, at 281-493-3107 or email to lhatlen@aol.com.

    Houston Stonewall Young Democrats Meeting
    Date: Monday February 8, 2010
    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.

    1960 Area Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Monday February 8, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Monday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Doss Community Center, 2500 Frick Rd
    Street: 2500 Frick Rd
    City/State/Zip: Houston
    Phone: 281-583-1174
    Meets 2nd Monday¸ 7:00 PM at Doss Community Center¸ 2500 Frick Road. Frick is off Veterans Memorial HWY (Steubner Airline) about 5 miles S of FM 1960
    For more information contact Jack Carney, 281-583-1174.

    Harris County Democratic Party Brown Bag Lunch
    Date: Tuesday February 9, 2010
    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 February 9, 2010
    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

    I-10 East Democrats Meeting
    Date: Tuesday February 9, 2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every other month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Club Event (Public)
    Location: El Toro Mexican Restaurant, 5810 Garth Rd, Baytown TX 77521
    Meets 2nd Tuesday of even-numbered months, but date can vary based on speaker availability.

    Contact Don Coffey, President, at 281-787-0002, don@coffeyforjudge.com.

    Galleria Area Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday February 9, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Meeting (Public)
    Location: Los Tios Restaurant, 9527 Westheimer @ Tanglewilde
    Join Galleria Area Democrats at their monthly meeting at Los Tios Restaurant, 9527 Westheimer @ Tanglewilde, from 7-9 pm. Food and drink will be served before and during the meeting. Contact Janice Weiss for more information at 713-532-4418 or janicerosew@yahoo.com

    Bellaire Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Tuesday February 9, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Tuesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Check website for Meeting locations http://www.bellairedemocrats.org/
    The Bellaire Democrats meet the second Tuesday of the month EXECPT In: June, July, August, and December. Locations vary, check website for meeting locations http://www.bellairedemocrats.org/. For more info contact Margo Kendrick, President. Phone: 713-665-4409 Email: agabee@aol.com
    or Patrick Durio, Treasurer, BellaireDemocrats 832-423-4038.

    Bay Area New Democrats Monthly Meeting
    Date: Wednesday February 10, 2010
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Repeat: This event repeats every month on the second Wednesday.
    Type: Appointment (Public)
    Location: Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex, 16603 Buccaneer, Houston 77062
    BAND meets at 7 pm every second Wed. of the month at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex at 16603 Buccaneer, Houston, 77062 in the second floor courtroom. The meeting begins at 7 pm with a guest speaker, the club business meeting follows. Contact Don Rhorer for more information at 281-488-5046 or email drhorer99@earthlink.net

    Houston Black American Democrats Meeting
    Date: Thursday February 11, 2010
    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 February 11, 2010
    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 February 12, 2010
    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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