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Mayor Annise Parker Invites the Community to Celebrate Citizenship Week – The Many Faces of Houston

November 11 festival promotes
civic engagement embracing the City’s diversity

Who:Office of International Communities – Department of Neighborhoods
Citizenship Week Steering Committee
Community Partners

What:Citizenship Week – Celebrating the Many Faces of Houston
Opening Ceremony & Festival

Sunday, November 11, 2012
2 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
2-5 p.m. – Festival

Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, 5600 Rookin Street, Houston, TX 77074

Notes:Houston Mayor Annise Parker invites the community to take part in the opening event of the City’s Fourth Annual Citizenship Week, Celebrating the Many Faces of Houston, Sunday, November 11, 2-5 p.m., at Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center, 5600 Rookin Street, Houston, TX 77074. The family event will feature colorful performances, ethnic foods, information booths, demonstrations and craft activities.

Citizenship Week runs November 11-17, featuring a series of events focusing on what it means to be a citizen of Houston. The purpose of the celebration is to promote good citizenship by encouraging Houstonians to become involved in civic affairs and community activities embracing the City’s rich cultural diversity. The celebration also showcases Houston as global city with a vibrant multicultural community and strong international business culture.

Citizenship Week is an initiative of the City’s Office of International Communities (OIC), implemented under the leadership of a 15-member Citizenship Week Steering Committee. This year, event presenters include the Department of Neighborhoods, Houston Public Library, the Houston Airport System and numerous community partners.

Many events reflecting a wide range of interests will take place at locations throughout the city. Among the week’s offerings are film screenings, special displays and community dialogues at selected Houston Public Library locations and an art exhibit in the City Hall Annex tunnel. Also scheduled is “Rails to Restaurants,” a food sampling tour of eateries and other businesses along the downtown rail line, sponsored by Houston Greeters and METRO. For a full calendar of events, visit

The Office of International Communities (OIC), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, is proud to collaborate with the Citizenship Week Steering Committee, City departments and community partners for the fourth annual celebration of Citizenship Week. To learn more about OIC, visit

Citizenship Week Steering Committee Members
Angela Blanchard, President & CEO, Neighborhoods Centers Inc
Lee Brown, former Mayor of Houston; Brown Group International
Bill Flores, President, University of Houston Downtown
Charles C. Foster, Co-chairman, Foster & Quan
Sylvia Garcia, Board Member, NALEO
Robert Ivany, President, University of St. Thomas
Renu Khator, Chancellor, University of Houston
Bob Lanier, former Mayor of Houston
Stan Marek, President & CEO, The Marek Family Companies
Laura Murillo, President & CEO, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Gordon Quan, former Houston City Council member; Co-Chairman, Foster & Quan
Judson W. Robinson, President & CEO, Houston Area Urban League
Dr. Mary Spangler, Chancellor, Houston Community College System
Harriet Wasserstrum, President, American Leadership Forum
George Donnelly, Center for Houston’s Future; Managing Partner, Lilo Ventures

Citizenship Week Community Partners
City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods, Houston Public Library and Houston Airport System; Houston Neighborhoods Center Inc, Houston Arts Alliance, METRO, Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston Community College, Lone Star College-Kingwood, American Jewish Committee, NALEO Educational Fund, Foster Quan LLP, Marek Brothers, Consular Ladies Club, Houston Food Bank, Rice University, Taiwanese Heritage Society of Houston and many others.

Evangelina Vigil

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