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The Last Coffee Night of 2014

IMG 4130 1Roomful of enthusiastic women attended Austin Ladies' Coffee Night at Raindrop Turkish House on December 12.  

During networking and dinner session guests had a chance to visit the Calligraphy Art booth. Diler Unal, Turkish Calligraphy artist, prepared a customized bookmark for each visitor on the spot.

This time our guest organization was Asian Family Support and Services of Austin, a local non-profit which provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking. Everyone attending had a chance to visit their booth and learn more about the organization, pick up a flier and talk to the representative Thuy Bishop who gave brief information about their services. 

The master of the ceremony was Lisa Pazienza. Her strong positive energy spread around the room when she lead the first icebreaker game. She moderated the program in a joyful way throughout the night. 

Honorable Dolores Ortega-Carter, Travis County Treasurer, delivered the keynote speech. Her topic was "Tips for an effective household budget". She talked about similarities managing a county budget with a household budget, discussed the ways of saving money and spending it wisely and non-sporadically including during the festive season. Her examples were very clear so all guests could associate and remember some useful tips for the future.

 The evening culminated with a performance by Julie Slim and Layalina Band. Julie's beautiful voice truly touched our hearts while she sang in Arabic accompanied by band's performance playing authentic instruments. 

 

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STATEMENT ABOUT RECENT DETENTIONS AGAINST JOURNALISTS

 

723625b4c6bf41bab538e2feb8ae0750-4463e5f007c74b8ba43f9cd0e2a9ac84-e52bcbeb03843331680f6a706700c9e2The Turkish-American community condemns detentions of Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of highest circulating newspaper in Turkey, Zaman daily, Hidayet Karaca, chief executive of Samanyolu Media Group, and dozens of others, on phony charges, as a blatant breach of press freedom and rule of law.

Dumanl─▒ and Karaca were detained along with more than 20 people in a nationwide operation early on Sunday, December 14, 2014. A list of suspects to be detained, released by ─░stanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, shows that a total of 32 people are to be detained.

The suspects are accused of "forming, leading or being a member of an armed terrorist organization," "forgery" and "slander," according to a statement released by the prosecutor's office.

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Austin Ladies' Coffee Night with Dolores Ortega and Julie Slim is on the corner

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Let us celebrate the last coffee night of 2014. Share the best wishes and hope from 2015. Learn about budget management to fulfill your financial goals in the new year. 

As always, professional speakers, distinguished guests, delicious food from Turkish cuisine, great hospitality, fun icebreakers and more...

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Early Thanksgiving Dinners

tg1Community members, friends and neighboors gathered and enjoyed  early Thanksgiving dinners at Raindrop Turkish House on 20th and 22nd of November. Dialog Institute and Raindrop Foundation teamed up to host the meal together for the purpose of uniting community members on a common value like thanksgiving. More than 200 guests from various cultural and faith backgrounds attended the event for both night.

The dinner was served from 6p.m to 8p.m; however, many of the guests have stayed until after 9p.m thanks to sincere dialogs around the tables. The event was open to all members of the community.

As a long buffet line moved through the foyer inside the Raindrop Foundation, guests enjoyed an assorted menu of traditional thanksgiving dishes, turkey and gravy, along with several examples of Turkish cuisine including Baklava.

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