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ARTS & CULTURE

APRIL 19 | POETRY SLAM FINALS

The 2014 Austin Poetry Slam finals will feature three-time world champion Ed Mabrey. Join us at the Stateside Theatre. Tickets are $25.
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APRIL 26 | JEWELRY DESIGNER'S LAUNCH PARTY

Join us for champagne and petite bites from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cru Wine Bar in the Domain. Sip and shop at this launch party for Hawkins Bucklew Handcrafted Jewelry Designs. This is an official Austin Fashion Week event.

Please RSVP on EventBrite through the link below.

FMI: web | email

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APRIL 30 | ART INSTALLATION: I SEE YOU/YOU SEE ME

TEMPO 2013/14 Closing Celebration

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:30-8 pm
Gaines Creek Park, 4801 Republic of Texas Blvd.

A series 11 temporary art installations, concluding with Autumn Ewalt’s exhibit, i see you/you see me, will soon close. Please join us for the closing celebration!

The Art in Public Places program of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department invites you to celebrate the 11 temporary art installations of TEMPO 2013/14! We’ll bid farewell to these artworks with a closing celebration at the site of the final TEMPO installation at Gaines Creek Park.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Street parking is available in the neighborhood across the street from Gaines Creek Park, enter on Dawn Song Court.

Please help us celebrate in recognition of all the Commissioned Artists: Brent Baggett, Jessica Braun, Melissa Borrell, Jeff Clarke, Juan Deleon, Autumn Ewalt, John Mark Luke, Mason Leland Moore, Joel Nolan, Lindsay Palmer, Jamie Panzer, Amy Scofield, Jacob Villanueva.

FMI: web

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MAY 3 | MEXICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center honors this year's Award of Excellence recipients:

Ezekiel (Zeke) Robert Castro, Eugenio Del Bosque, Mary Gonzalez, Rodolfo (Rudy) Mendez, Cynthia Perez, Ishmael Soto, Telemundo Austin, Tiarra Girls, and José Treviño.

These individuals and groups have demonstrated leadership and meaningful contributions in Latino cultural arts. Special guest City Council Member Kathie Tovo will present awards. Master of Ceremonies will be Senator Gonzalo Barrientos. Formal attire is requested.

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 pm at the MACC, 600 River St. This event is free and open to the public.

FMI: web | tel: 512.974.3772

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MAY 9 | WILLIE VELAZQUEZ DAY!

The boy made of lightning: Willie Velasquez, American Hero. First Interactive Children’s Book narrated by Congressman Joaquin Castro.

Written by author Bárbara Renaud González; Art by Deborah Kuetzpal Velasquez; Original design, music, art, narrative, pop-ups and sound effects; Independently published by Alazan Arts, Letters & Stories (AALAS).

Facilitated by Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., Director, Texas Center for Education Policy
University of Texas at Austin

Join us for a presentation by author Bárbara Renaud González, and the collaborative team who created this book.

The boy made of lightning is a children’s story of how one boy changed the world because
he listened to his calling.

Free and open to the public.

FMI: web | tel: 512.974.3772

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COMMUNITY

APRIL 19 | COMMUNITY BRUNCH AND EASTER EGG HUNT EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Community wide fun for the entire family!

Join us for our incredible Annual Community Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 19.

The Brunch will be held at the Elks Lodge located at 7237 Hwy 290 East from 10:30am to 1pm. There will be plenty of food and activities for the kids. The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Boggy Creek Park located on Rosewood Ave. The Easter Egg Hunt is for special needs individual and kids 15 and under. The Hunt will start promptly at 2pm and there will be activities for the kids!

Free Admission for both events!

FMI: email | tel: 512.928.9545

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APRIL 24 | THE KITCHEN DIVA FARM FEAST

CELEBRATE THE EARTH! THE KITCHEN DIVA! FARM FEAST DINNERS AT THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM beginning April 24th honoring local farmers and food artisans and serving the best of their produce and products at a Diva-licous dinner!

April Honorees: Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler of Boggy Creek Farm. Proceeds benefit THE KITCHEN DIVA HEALTH OUTREACH for underserved Central Texas communities. $100 per person for a fabulous feast!

Check-in 6:30 p. m., feasting begins at 7:00 p.m., Honoree presentation at 8:30 p.m. Pre-reservations preferred. Please send your name, address, phone number, and number attending the Farm Feast via email. Payment information and reservation confirmation will be sent by return email.

FMI: email

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APRIL 24 | LEARN TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR ABUSED KIDS

CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest.

CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own.

Please join us at our Volunteer Info Session at The Carver Library on Angelina Street to learn more. There will be time for questions with staff and current volunteers after the presentation.

FMI: web | email

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APRIL 26 | HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR

Austin MD Magazine, the citys only medical, health and fitness publication, is preparing to hold its first annual Health and Wellness Fair with Austin’s finest medical professionals. The fair will be held at the Long Center on the City Wide Terrace on April 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, overlooking the Food and Wine Festival and directly in front of the City-Wide Garage Sale.

Austin MD Magazines Health & Wellness Fair is free and open to the public as a resource for information, education and networking with health professionals as well as onsite free exams and health screenings.

This event provides an opportunity for residents to learn about valuable health resources available in Austin in every speciality of medicine, health and fitness. Attendees will have the opportunity to have medical exams and tests taken free of charge.

There will be attractions for the whole family at this first annual health event. Fitness demonstrations from the Arthritis Foundation will be available, showcasing Tai Chi, yoga for all ages and a bootcamp workout.

Abrakadoodle will have an interactive art project inspired by Jackson Pollock right next to an inflated obstacle course for children. A food truck section at the fair will have plenty of tasty options available for guests with a grassy area perfect for picnic blankets on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Short presentations from guest speakers, as well as and musical performances by bands and a DJ will take place throughout the day.

FMI: email

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APRIL 30 | TEXAS GRINDERSCUP GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Fifth Annual Texas Grinders Cup Golf Tournament will be held in PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA! Apr. 30 through May 4, 2014.

Past locations include Mrytle Beach, North Carolina and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Our event is patterned after the PGA Ryder Cup and three (3) travel package options are available. If you think you have what it takes, reserve your spot through the weblink below.

FMI: web | tel: 512.496.0710

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MAY 3 | GOOD HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH GOLF CLASSIC

Please join us for the Good Hope Baptist Church Golf Classic to benefit the Good Hope Baptist Church and H.O.P.E. Inc., so they can continue to meet community needs. Helping the community takes teamwork. That is why Hope Incorporated is asking for your participation!

Our 6th Annual Golf Classic will take place at the beautiful Forest Creek Golf Course in Round Rock at 8:00 a.m. The event will include a 4-person scramble, box lunch and awards reception following the golf.

SPECIAL OFFER: Included with your online registration is a 1-year subscription to GOLF DIGEST (a $10 value). Register now and remember to invite your friends to play. Just click-on "Tell a Friend" and you can send them a link to this site automatically.

Thank you for your support of the Good Hope Baptist Church and H.O.P.E. Inc.!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.934.4601

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MAY 3 | COMMUNITY FIT BLAST!

The Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) and Born Again Bodies® invite you to come out for a great workout at the Community Fit-Blast!

This event will feature Jabari Warfield of n'Caliente Fitness and Born Again Bodies mind-body fitness coaches/dancers. Other energetic Austin area instructors may also be featured at this blast for health, wellness and giving.

Please join us on Saturday, May 3rd from 10 a.m. to noon at Givens Recreation Center on East 12th Street.

Your participation supports healthy living initiatives that make a difference: 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.

Access more information and registration online through the link below.

FMI: web

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PARTIES, SPECIAL EVENTS & MUSIC

APRIL 19 | KISS SATURDAYS

Join us at 305 West 5th Street for Kiss Saturdays.

+21 and up with ID
+Valet parking
+Upscale attire
+Premium bottle service

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.740.0453

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APRIL 20 | BOBBY CALDWELL LIVE AT ONE WORLD

Bobby Caldwell has written songs for artists like Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, Neil Diamond and Al Jarreau. He is a vocalist, composer, musician, arranger and producer.

More than 70 artists have sampled his classic, “What You Won't Do for Love,” including Tupac Shakur, Michael Bolton, Roberta Flack, Go West, Vanessa Williams and Notorious B.I.G.

Caldwell released HOUSE OF CARDS in 2012. Join us as the the blue-eyed singer in the slouch hat performs live in one show only at One World. Show starts at 7 p.m.

FMI: web | tel: 512.330.9500

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APRIL 23 | AL JARREAU LIVE AT ONE WORLD THEATRE

Best known for acclaimed albums like WE GOT BY and BREAKIN' AWAY, Al Jarreau is also known for writing and performing the theme song from the television series MOONLIGHTING and his biggest hit, “We’re In This Love Together.”

Fans know Al Jarreau's music is "like a diamond ring; it's a precious thing": Always upbeat, funky, deeply emotional and different every time, you don't want to miss this performance by Al Jarreau at the most intimate and sublime venue in ATX, One World Theatre.

Performances beginning at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.330.9500

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APRIL 24 | CHRIS BOTTI LIVE AT RIVERBEND CENTRE

Since the release of his 2004 breakthrough album WHEN I FALL IN LOVE, Chris Botti has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success includes four number one Jazz Albums, three gold records, platinum DVDs and Grammy awards.

Chris has recorded and performed with the best in music: Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, The Boston Pops and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. Join us as he performs live at Riverbend at 8 p.m.

FMI: web | tel: 512.330.9500

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APRIL 24 | DINNER AND A SHOW WITH THE ROCKETBOYS

Join us from 7 to 11 p.m. as The Listening Room at Winflo on West Sixth Street welcomes The Rocketboys for Dinner and a Show! Each week the chef will create a three course seasonal fare menu. Offerings include hand-crafted cocktails with local spirits and wine from Italy. After the last fork is turned over the artist will tell their story through music, the guitar, and perhaps the piano. Get ready to have the most exquisite music experience featuring some of the most talented regional and nationally touring artists!

Purchase tickets on LiveVibe for $20.

FMI: web

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APRIL 27 | GET YOUR LAUGH ON COMEDY TOUR

Double Portion in Association with Yalife Media & Marketing presents: Get Your Laugh On Comedy Tour on Sunday April 27th at 6pm!

The show features The Playmakers, Que, Jazz Tate, White Chocolate and many more! Come join us at Word of Life Christian Faith Center, located at 400 Old Post Rd. in Kyle.

Visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.522.5680

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APRIL 28 | DINNER AND A SHOW WITH BRENDAN O'HARA & GRAHAM WILKINSON

Join us from 7 to 11 p.m. as The Listening Room at Winflo on West Sixth Street welcomes Brendan O'Hara & Graham Wilkinson for Dinner and a Show! Each week the chef will create a three course seasonal fare menu. Offerings include hand-crafted cocktails with local spirits and wine from Italy. After the last fork is turned over the artist will tell their story through music, the guitar, and perhaps the piano. Get ready to have the most exquisite music experience featuring some of the most talented regional and nationally touring artists!

Purchase tickets on LiveVibe online.

FMI: web

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MAY 2 | MIKE EPPS AT BASS CONCERT HALL

Comedian Mike Epps and Live Nation have come together for Mikes 2014 tour deemed “The Mike Epps: After Dark”. He performs at Bass Concert Hall on May 2nd.

“I look forward to hitting the road and taking it to the next level. I have new fresh jokes that are grown, adult and sexy. I have reached the big leagues working with Live Nation.” said Epps.

Epps steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks when he was recognized by a national audience in 1995 when he appeared on the Def Comedy Jam tour and HBOs Def Comedy Jam. During a performance at LAs Comedy Store, Epps caught the attention of Ice Cube. This led to the first of three feature films they would do together; the cult hits “Next Friday,” “Friday after Next,” and the New Line comedy “All About the Benjamins.”

He has had two Showtime Comedy specials “Mike Epps: Underrated and Never Faded” and “Mike Epps Presents…” He has starred in over 30 feature films and won a NAACP Image Award for his role in the Sony Pictures film, “Jumping the Broom.” On February 28th he can be seen in the upcoming film “Repentance” starring opposite Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie.

FMI: web

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MAY 2 | FIRST FRIDAY AUSTIN: DOUBLE DOSE AT KARMA LOUNGE

We’re setting a new standard for nightlife in Austin!! Enjoy the revival as we celebrate sophistication at its finest: DOUBLE DOSE at Karma Lounge. Dress to impress. Toast to success. …

Join us from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Karma Lounge on West 5th Street.

+ 21 and up with ID
+ Dress code: Fly / Fashionable / Trendy / Upscale Attire. No athletic gear.
+ Complimentary admission for ladies until 10:30 p.m.
+ Premium bottle service before 11 p.m.
+ Signature drink specials
+ Valet parking
+ Two levels for your dancing & lounging pleasure

RSVP via email, but note: RSVPs do not guarantee admission - your style and dress can guarantee admission.

Early arrival & bottle service are recommended for an exceptional experience.
Call ahead for Table/Bottle Service.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.740.0453

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MAY 9 | LEE RITENOUR

As a young guitarist, Lee Ritenour worked with the Mamas and the Papas, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Simon & Garfunkel and Frank Sinatra. In the 1990s, Lee co-founded Fourplay, the most successful group in contemporary jazz.

Lee's latest success is RHYTHM SESSIONS, featuring his innovative musical talent alongside other great musicians. See Lee perform live at One World with performances beginning at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

FMI: web | tel: 512.330.9500

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MAY 10 | SPRING WINE-TASTING AFFAIR

The Wine Connoisseurs of Austin & CLP Promotions present the first annual Spring Wine Tasting Affair:

Featuring exquisite wine offerings from around the country.
Tasting hosted by Renown Duchman Winery of Texas & Zed's Austin

Join us, Saturday, May 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. (wine tasting from 7 to 9).

The evening includes:
Sunset & greenbelt view
Hor d'oeurves (light)
Premium reserves
Cognac & Cigar sampling
Sounds of Jazz provided
by Stephanie Grissett & The Ugly Elephant Band

Attire: Spring Chic & Fashion-Forward
*Absolutely No Athletic Apparel*
No one under 21
Early Bird Invitation Tickets - $25 (price subject to change)
No Refunds!

Purchase tickets online: through EventBrite.
RSVP by email is Required - Space is Limited!

FMI: web | email

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MAY 16 | ALL PROS OF COMEDY HOSTED BY JOE TORRY

NFL All-Pro running Adrian Peterson and his foundation, All Day Foundation have partnered with ACL Live and 6 of the funniest comedians on earth, AJ Johnson, Brandon T. Jackson, Michael Blackson, Gary Owen, Tommy Davidson and Joe Torry to bring the funny to bring the funny to Austin!

Join us Friday May 16 at 7:30pm at ACL Live, for what will be a one night hilariously funny show with Joe Torry hosting, and AJ, Brandon, Michael, Gary and Tommy telling belly aching, gut busting jokes and doing some of best impersonations that you’ve heard about. You don’t want to miss out so be sure to get your tickets online.

FMI: web

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PROFESSIONAL

APRIL 19 | VISION BOARD BRUNCH

ConnectionsPR, in association with Destiny Consulting Services, brings you the Bringing Brands Together Vision Board Brunch. For entrepreneurs and young professionals. Get a new outlook on your goals and how to achieve them with tips and guidance from life strategist Chiquandra Cross.

Bring Magazines to share, pictures, anything special or personal to you. All other materials will be provided. Brunch included in price.

Location will be sent upon confirmed Eventbrite registration.

FMI: web | email | tel: 832.224.6618

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APRIL 22 | BUSINESS ORIENTATION

MUST REGISTER! BizAid Business Orientation provides a general overview to opening a small business or re-evaluating an existing business during its growth.

This course advises entrepreneurs about where to find assistance at the idea, start-up, and existing stages of their business. This orientation covers key questions you must ask when starting or expanding a business and provides you with the information necessary to answer those questions.

Join us from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Entrepreneur Center. Please call or visit the website to register.


FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 22 | 21ST ANNUAL HUB/SB VENDOR FAIR

The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas System will host their 21st Annual HUB/SB Vendor Fair. There is no charge for interested businesses to exhibit and this year’s vendor fair will offer a business matchmaking session. Vendors can register for a 10 minute one-on-one meeting with representatives from several University departments and prime firms seeking protégés and subcontracting partners.

Please visit our website to register for this FREE event.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.471.2863

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APRIL 23 | SMALL BUSINESS CLASS: CUSTOMER SERVICE

Understanding how to gain and keep your customers is vital for any small business owner. This workshop is designed to raise your awareness about customers: Who they are, how they should be treated and how to influence others within your organization by promoting customer-conscious attitudes.

This class is taught by a University of Texas Adjunct Instructor and counts toward the six-course requirement needed to earn your Small Business Success Skills Certification.

Join us from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Entrepreneur Center. The $35 fee includes light breakfast. To register, please call or visit the website.


FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 25 | BUSINESS SOCIAL MEDIA CLASS

Social media is more than Facebook and Twitter and is a great marketing tools when implemented well. Businesses throughout the world are using social media to increase their brand image and awareness, develop stronger customer relationships and improve ROI and sales.

This workshop is designed to familiarize you with social media itself, the do's and don'ts to be successful, and best practices to make social media a key part of marketing your business. The class is taught by a University of Texas Adjunct Instructor and counts toward the 6 course requirement needed to earn your Small Business Success Skills Certification.

Join us from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Entrepreneur Center. The $45 fee includes light breakfast. Please visit the website or call for more information.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.974.7800

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APRIL 30 | BUSINESS LAW CLASS: COPYRIGHT & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

We are excited to present a class exploring the world of intellectual property law. The class will focus on copyright and trademark law, with a brief overview of patents. Upon completion of this class, you will have explored the differences between trademark, copyright, and patent, discussed the legal protections each affords, and received instruction on how to complete a federal copyright and/or trademark registration online.

This class is taught by a University of Texas Adjunct Instructor and counts toward the six-course requirement needed to earn your Small Business Success Skills Certification.

Please join us from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Entrepreneur Center. The $35 registration fee includes light breakfast. Please visit the website or call for more information.

FMI: web | tel: 512.974.7800

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SPIRITUAL

APRIL 20 | RESURRECTION SUNDAY CELEBRATION

Sweet Home – The Pinnacle of Praise presents "A Savior in the Son," a unique and original drama series, beginning April 6th and concluding on Resurrection Sunday, April 20th.

Experience and celebrate the redemptive power of God’s love through an exciting dramatization of the impact of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

Don’t miss the prequels of “A Savior in the Son” on April 6th and 13th. Then be sure to join us for the conclusion on Resurrection Sunday, Apr, 20, at one of our two worship services, either at 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.

Sweet Home is located on Sunrise Road in Round Rock. The Senior Pastor is Dante D. Wright I.

For more information or directions to the church, please call the church office or visit the website.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.823.2888

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APRIL 26 | TODAY'S WOMAN INSPIRATIONAL GATHERING

Today's Woman Inspirational Gathering hosted by Dr. Yolanda Gamble. Join us at The Wingate by Wyndham Conference Center in Round Rock. Please visit our website for registration and more details.

FMI: web | email | tel: 301.845.9870

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APRIL 27 | 90TH CHURCH ANNIVERSARY

David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to their service of Thanksgiving and Praise as the church celebrates its 90th Church Anniversary during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, fifth senior pastor of the nationally renowned Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia and son of David Chapel, will serve as the guest minister. Dr. Johnson is known internationally for his sermons of inspiration and hope as well as his commitment to fulfilling his calling as a community-focused and politically-engaged pastor called to a holistic, social gospel ministry.

Anniversary worship will center on the theme taken from Psalm 145:4 - “This generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” Joseph C. Parker, D.Min., Esq., is the Pastor.

FMI: web | tel: 512.472.9748

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MAY 20 | TRANSFORMATION: EQUIPPING CHURCHES TO TRANSFORM LIVES

Join us May 20 to 22 at King-Seabrook Chapel!

Guest speakers and presenters include the following:

-Rev. Dr. Claudette Copeland from New Creation Fellowship in San Antonio-
-Rev. Dr. Christopher Davis from St. Paul Baptist Church in Memphis, TN
-Vincent M. Powell from Fallbrook Church in Houston
-Rev. Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr from St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas
Dr. David White from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in Austin

Visit our web page to discover more!

FMI: web | tel: 512.505.6417

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YOUTH

APRIL 26 | BUTTERFLY UNIQUE'S SPRING FESTIVAL

Butterfly Unique will be hosting her first annual Spring Festival: Imagi-Nation. Get ready for some fun! There will be face painting, arts & crafts, dancing, music, lawn games, bubbles, a magician, books & so much more!

Author, Genia Jones-Hale will be launching her new book featuring Butterfly Unique and one of her friends. Get excited!

This is a free event! Bring your wings, imagination and a pair of kids shoes to donate! You can bring food if you would like to have a food fest on the lawn and there will be food trucks to purchase food from. Yummy!

Please confirm your attendance on Butterfly Unique's Facebook Fan Page.
Free books and will be given away to the first 100 children.

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.789.5694

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APRIL 30 | MULTICULTURAL LITERACY EVENT AT THINKERY

This free event is co-hosted by the Texas Book Festival, the Thinkery, and KLRU/PBS Kids. It will include presentations by bilingual childrens authors, interactive games in Spanish and English, and the opportunity for kids to explore the museum. Author sessions, signings, and book sales will take place upstairs in the Storynook.

Join us from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Thinkery on Simond Avenue in the Mueller development.

FMI: email

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MAY 3 | STARLIGHT GIRLS ACADEMY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Develop leadership skills and use your gifts and talents for the Lord!

Increase your Self-Esteem!

Build Better Relationships!

We are inspiring young ladies through workshops and activities:

GIRLS AS FRIENDS, GIRLS AS FOES - “Girl Fighting”, also known as Bullying, is often part of a young girl's life and sometimes the most painful part. Young teen girls may express their aggression through hurtful words and gossip that can damage girls emotionally. We will share 1 Cor 15.33: "Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals”

WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? – For many young girls, body image is a challenge to live up to society’s standards. We will learn how loving your appearance can positively affect your self worth and esteem. Learn to help your “inner self” shine through. We will share Psalms 139.1: "I praise Him for I am fearfully and wonderfully made!"

WHO'S IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT? – We will explore how to listen to God's voice, recognize our unique purposes, so that we can each fulfill what He has in store for us. We will explore John 3.30: "He must become greater, I must become less!"

Don't let that special girl in your life miss this valuable opportunity to learn how to reach her full, dignified, and powerful potential!

FMI: web | email | tel: 512.633.8197

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FURTHER OUT

MAY 25 | KIRK WHALUM TO HEADLINE AUSTIN JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Austin Jazz Festival is excited to announce international jazz master Kirk Whalum as the headline act for 2014!

Additional acts scheduled to appear include Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp, saxophonist Jessy J and San Antonio flautist Althea Rene.

Local jazz talent scheduled to take the stage include vocalists Courtney Sanchez, Pam Hart, Matt Butler and Trent Durham: along with trumpeters Pete Rodriguez and Ephraim Owens, trombonist Andre Hayward, pianist Matt Butler, guitarist Jackie Venson, San Antonio Latin jazz Band Mambo Blue, and Les Fisher and Westlake Drive with special guest Larry Braggs, lead vocalist for Tower of Power.

General Admission tickets start are only $30 and are available online. Stay tuned as more acts are announced!

FMI: web link | email |

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MAY 30 | ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY

Their name says it all--Acoustic Alchemy is instrumental music featuring powerhouse rhythm and shimmering keyboards, as well as acoustic guitar riffs ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. Their debut was RED DUST AND SPANISH LACE, followed by albums including EARLY ALCHEMY, AART, and 2011's ROSEWOOD. Don't miss Acoustic Alchemy live at One World, with shows beginning at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

FMI: web link | tel: 512.330.9500

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JUNE 9 | INTERNATIONAL SPY ACADEMY VBS AT NEVERTHELESS COMMUNITY CHUR

This week long event is for people of all ages to learn about the one TRUE GOD. The families will enjoy hands-on activities, songs, Bible Training, games and more.

Admission is FREE so please spread the word…. Nevertheless Community Church would like to invite children and parents throughout the Austin area to our Christ-centered, family oriented, and fun filled Vacation Bible Study event.

The event will be held at Nevertheless Community Church on Pecan Street in Pflugerville.

FMI: web link | email | tel: 832.445.9226

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JUNE 19 | THE TEXAS BLACK EXPO IN HOUSTON

The TEXAS BLACK EXPO is an annual celebration of African-American culture showcasing business development seminars, entertainment, shopping and fun for the entire family. TEXAS BLACK EXPO attracts more than 20,000 attendees from throughout the United States, showcases more than 250 businesses to the Greater Houston Area, and contributes more than $1.5 million to the Houston economy.

Highlights this year include performances from MC Lyte, Morris Day and The Time and appearances from TOM JOYNER, SYBIL WILKES, DARRIN HENSON, RASHONDA TATE BILLINGSLEY and much much more! Full details are available online.

FMI: web link | email |

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JUNE 28 | AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK FESTIVAL

Join us for the annual African American Book Festival at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center!

Now in its sixth year, the African American Book Festival is an intergenerational event to promote literature, reading, writing and library usage within the African American community. This year’s theme is I Am All of Them, They Are All of Me: The Brilliance and Resiliency of Black Letters and Arts.

FMI: web link |

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SEPTEMBER 22 | GIRLFRIENDS GETAWAY 2014

It's that time again, girlfriends! Time to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. At the annual getaway, ladies make lasting friendships doing fun activities in beautiful locales.

This year, the lovely organizer Felicia was feeling a little exotic, and a "lil irie mon." Wait for it...wait for it....you got it: This year's trip is to JAMAICA and THE CAYMAN ISLANDS!

Aren't you excited? Aren't you ready to go get your groove back, Stella? At the October event organized by Felicia, more than 20 ladies from Austin and San Antoino attended. Five days of fun, the trip time is Sept. 22 to 27.

Call today to reserve your spot! (If you've attended before, call the Texas office.)

FMI: web link | email | tel: 559.964.7639

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