11/18: APEX Toastmasters Club Thanksgiving Pizza Party! welcome everyone! free pizza! free prizes!
11/18: November Happy Hour at Carsons Live
11/20: Merit Chinese School / OCA / APEX Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program Ceremony


11/00: FAQ for Voters
11/06: CIE November Seminars
11/19: AFFD screening of the Turandot Project, as part of the DMA's "A Night in the Forbidden City"


11/18: APEX Toastmasters Club Thanksgiving Pizza Party!

Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm, meeting begins promptly at 7:00 pm
Location: Texins Activity, Center, 13900 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75243
Cross-Streets: Upper Northeast Corner of 75 and 635
Contact: James Song james@apexdallas.org

Direction: For a map of the location and directions, please click http://www.apexdallas.org/toastmasters/location.html

Gobble! Gobble!

As this will be the last meeting for the month of November before Thanksgiving, APEX Toastmasters is proud to present a very special Thanksgiving Pizza Party! meeting on Thursday, November 18th from 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm.

There will be pizza, drinks and dessert. The meeting begins promptly at 7 PM, but the fun begins at 6:30 PM.
There will also be a drawing for many prizes. So bring a friend! Bring two!

Come join in the fun and see what APEX Toastmasters Club is all about!
Fun! Fun!


11/18: November Happy Hour at Carsons Live

Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: Carsons Live, 17727 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 972-931-9111
Cross-Streets: Trinity Mills and N. Tollway
Contact: Anna Tai (anna@apexdallas.org)
Specials: $2.25 Drafts, $2 Wells, $2 Bottle all night long. Members get first drink free.

APEX Dallas is hosting its final happy hour of the year at Carsons Live (http://www.carsonspalace.com) on Thursday, November 18th from 6 - 9 pm. Unwind after work with a cold, refreshing Amstel Light or soothe your thirst with a tall cocktail. We've reserved a section to ourselves with a free buffet until 9 pm and drink specials all night long. APEX Dallas members will receive their first drink free. Non-members, working professionals, recent graduates, and anyone interested in networking with other Asian Americans professionals in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area are invited to attend.

New to APEX? Come out to enjoy free food and cheap drinks with us and learn more about the organization. Membership for 2005 is only $30.


11/20: Merit Chinese School / OCA / APEX Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 20th
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Merit Chinese School, 1112 W. Parker Road #212, Plano, TX 75075
Cross-Streets: Southwest Corner of Alma and Parker
Cost: Free
Contact: James Song james@apexdallas.org

Merit Chinese School in association with APEX and OCA will celebrate the successful completion of the first APEX Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program consisting of Merit Chinese School students. The ceremony will cover certificate presentations as well as comments by Merit Chinese School, APEX, and OCA representatives. Selected students from the program will close out the ceremony by showing what they have learned and deliver speeches to the attendees. Come on out and enjoy the event, alongside a morning of networking, socializing, and fraternizing.

About the Youth Leadership Program: Merit Chinese School's mission was to develop students in all areas of growth, whether it be academically, socially, or physically. One of the most important skills that a student can learn is the skill of public speaking, through which confidence and leadership abilities can be formed. Merit Chinese School teamed up with APEX & OCA and began the Youth Leadership Program to give its students a proven agenda where their speaking skills and leadership skills can be utilized and developed.

Please come and join us in honoring this community achievement as well as recogizining the efforts of the students as well as the efforts of the APEX Toastmasters mentors: Danny Kim and Ming Fei.



11/00: FAQ for Voters

Date: Posted For October until Tuesday, November
Time: NA
Location: NA
Sponsor: Collin County
Contact: Jack Sun, Volunteer Deputy Registrar, Collin County

- Election Timeline;
- Relevant terminology;#EAEAEA
- Phone numbers for the County Elections Administrators;
- Web sites to check voter registration status;
- Web sites to find voting locations.

1. Election Events Timeline:

- Early Voting: October 18 - Oct. 29th;
- Election Day: November 2nd;
- Last Day to Apply for 'Ballot by Mail': October 26th.

2. Frequently seen terms during the election season:

- "Ballots by Mail" are for those who will not be physically present at their own elections precinct during the election season, such as on business trip etc. Voters who will not be present at the resident county will need to call the County Elections Administration (see numbers above) to request "Ballot by Mail" to cast their votes.

- "Early Voting" is a special period where voters can cast their votes at any voting location within the county. They will not be limited to vote at their own precinct, which will be the case during the General Election Day of Nov. 2rd.

- A "precinct" is a small geographic area where you reside, usually a few blocks in size. Your precinct number will be printed on your Voter Identification Card. On the General Election Day, voters are required to cast their votes at the designated voting site for each precinct. If you go to a different precinct to vote, you will either be directed back to your own precinct, or your ballot will be considered "provisional", which will only be counted at a later time instead of at the closing hour of the day.

With all these in mind, it is to our advantage to vote early. During the two weeks from Oct. 18 to Oct. 29th, you can vote at ANY polling location within the resident County!

3. Contact numbers for the elections offices in this area:

- Collin County Elections Administration: 972-547-1900
- Dallas County Elections Administration: 214-819-6300
- Denton County Elections Administration: 940-349-3200
- Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector: 817-884-1115

4. Web sites to check the Voter Registration Application Status (if you have not received your Voter Identification Card):

Collin County: http://www.collincountytexas.gov/elections/voter_registration/voter_registration_card_voter.jsp
Dallas County: http://www.dalcoelections.org/voters.asp
Denton County: http://elections.dentoncounty.com/go.asp?Dept=82&Link=292
Tarrant County: http://inet.tarrantcounty.com:8010/ElectionCGI/gac1fw1p

5. Web sites to find the early voting locations in the area:

Collin County: http://www.collincountytexas.gov/elections/election_information/2004/110204/EV110204.html
Dallas County: http://www.dalcoelections.org/nov22004/EARLYVOTINGdatestimes.htm
Dention County: http://elections.dentoncounty.com/go.asp?Parent=728&Link=733
Tarrant County: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/evote/lib/evote/2004/1122004/sched_nov_nomap_un.pdf

In case your Voter Registration Application is "rejected" for unreasonable excuses by the Elections Administration Office, please call the Secretary of State's Office to file complaints: 1-800-252-Vote (as soon as possible). Some offices are known to pick on small imperfections to reject voter registration cards!

A written complaint form is available at the SOS web site: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/complaint/english.pdf

Thanks to all who have contributed to the compilation!

Jack Sun
Volunteer Deputy Registrar, Collin County


11/06: CIE November Seminars

Date: Saturday, November 6th
Time: 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Location: Maribelle M Davis Library, 7501-B Independence Parkway, Plano, TX 75025 (http://planolibrary.org/davis.htm)
Sponsors: Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA DFW Chapter

Dear Friends of CIE/USA DFW Chapter,

The Chinese Institute of Engineers, USA DFW Chapter (http://www.cie-dfw.org) is proud to host two technical seminars, free of charge, on November 6th (Saturday) from 1:30 pm to 4:45 pm. The event will be held at Maribelle M Davis Library, 7501-B Independence Parkway, Plano, TX 75025 (website: http://planolibrary.org/davis.htm). The title of the First CIE-DFW Information Technology seminar is ".NET Web Architecture and Future". The title of the second CIE-DFW Bio-technology seminars is "Presbyopia - A vision problem that everyone will have ".

For more information, please download the following document: CIE November Seminars.doc

Meimei DiGennaro


11/19: AFFD screening of The Turandot Project, as part of the DMA's "A Night in the Forbidden City"

Date: Friday, November 19th
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: DMA Horchow Auditorium
Sponsors: Asian Film Festival of Dallas and Dallas Museum of Art
Contact: Chiho Mori, Festival Director, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, 214.938.1042, chiho@affd.org

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is proud to partner with the Dallas Museum of Art in a kickoff event to celebrate one of the most important and historical art exhibitions from China to tour the United States.

On Friday, November 19 at 8:00pm, the AFFD is hosting a screening of The Turandot Project during "A Night in the Forbidden City," part of the Museum's Late Night Series. The event is free with paid admission to the museum ($10).

This documentary from director Allan Miller takes viewers behind the scenes with conductor Zubin Mehta as he stages the Puccini opera "Turandot" in two decidedly different locations: Florence, Italy, and Beijing, China. The film focuses primarily on the unexpected areas of dramatic interest and conflict that opened up when the production, initially scheduled only for Florence, was given official permission to be remounted in Beijing.

"A Night in the Forbidden City" will begin at 6pm and runs until midnight, offering a sneak peek into the most talked about exhibition of the year, Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong.
As one of only two U.S. venues for this landmark show, the Dallas Museum of Art will bring more than 400 national treasures and artifacts from 18th-century imperial China to the Southwest. Splendors of China's Forbidden City offers a dramatic examination of the reign of Emperor Qianlong. Most of the included artifacts have never been exhibited in the United States prior to the exhibition's U.S. debut, and the great majority of the objects have never left the Forbidden City Palace Museum in Beijing.

The evening's events also include lion dances, martial arts displays, tai chi in the galleries, twilight tours and family activities.

Splendors of China's Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong, opens November 21, 2004 and closes May 29, 2005.

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is presented by Starbucks Coffee.

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
devoted to promoting an understanding of Asian culture, and to
supporting and advancing the work of Asian-American artists. For more information, visit www.affd.org or call 214.938.1042.

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