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Facts of Distracted Driving

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What is Distracted Driving? Driving while engaged in any activity that could divert your attention away from driving. Some of the facts Distracted Driving can cause are the following

  • Texting while driving makes a crash up to 23 times more likely to occur.
  • Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting.
  • At 55mph, five seconds is enough time to cover a football field.
  • Talking on a cell phone creates risks like driving with .08 blood alcohol level.
  • Talking on a cell phone can slow a young driver’s reaction time down to that of a 70-year-old.
  • Talking on the phone reduces brain activity devoted to driving by 37%
  • Each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and 1,153 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver.
  • With 1 in 5 crashes in Texas caused by distracted driver based on Texas Department of Transportation.
  • In 2016, based on TxDOT there were 109,658 crashes in Texas related to distracted driving – up 3% over 2015.

The common distractions could be simple actions like texting, eating or drinking, personal grooming, using a navigation system, watching a video, adjusting a radio or MP3 player, Snapchat and Twitter.

We know it’s risky, but we still drive distracted, why? Here are some of the reason we say ourselves: “I am a good driver”, “I drive more carefully when driving distracted”, “I can multi-task”, “I have to—I’m so busy”, “Everyone does it”, “Nothing bad will happen” or even “It’s just for a few seconds”

We would like to recommend you a few tips to avoid distracted driving:

  • Drive without sending or receiving.
  • Call/text before I start driving to let parents, friends and others know when I’ll arrive.
  • Figure out directions before you leave.
  • Pull over to a safe location to check texts or listen to voice mail.

Who has ever been scared when driven by a distracted driver? Focus on the road for distracted driver, you can be the next victim!!!!!!!

In our agency we care about you, call us at (512) 331-1513 set an appointment to review your auto policy coverage and make sure you are protected against the unexpected.

Cestari insurance Agency

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Best International Passport Indeed

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BEST INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT by Indie Meme

“Indie Meme cherishes Austin’s receptive film audiences, and the schedule for their sophomore film festival serves up a veritable cinematic rainbow full of South Asian flavor” Jessi Cape, Austin Chronicle

Festival Badges – sold out!
Closing Night film – sold out!
Opening Night Party at Manuel’s – sold out!

Now available: FESTIVAL PASSES
$60-$75 – access to all films
Individual Film Tickets $10-$15

Experience it all at #IMFF2017 in Austin, April 20-23
at REGAL ARBOR, Great Hills

PARTING (Iran/Afghanistan / Fiction / Farsi & Dari)
Saturday, April 22nd @ 11am

“Rather than offering a visceral depiction of those braving that risky, transcontinental passage, Mahmoudi audaciously (and perhaps conscientiously) sticks with those who stayed.”  —Hollywood Reporter

Official submission of Afghanistan for the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.
Two young Afghans, Fereshteh and Nabi, are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Iran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, find Fereshteh and take her through Turkey towards Europe and a better life.

BUY TICKETSFilm sponsored by:  Modern Woodman/Janak Zalawadia
Community partners:  RAVAAN / Austin UT Persian Students Society / Sheed Persian Festival 

THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS (India / Documentary / Hindi & Marathi)
Saturday, April 22nd @ 1:15pm

A masterpiece, a film from the heart and a testament to everything humanity should believe in wholeheartedly. It’s seldom that a documentary is this spellbinding, this can’t-move-from-my-seat-or-even-think-of-turning-my-eyes-away bewitching, all the while being so human and touching.” –The Huffington Post

Cannes prize-winning The Cinema Travellers is a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually.

BUY TICKETS

Film sponsored by:  PB Construction
Community partners:  Austin Film Society / Austin Marathi Mandal / Austin Documentary Fans

WHITE SUN (Nepal / Fiction / Nepalese)
Sunday, April 23rd @ 11am

“White Sun trots through the scars that remain from the civil war with dramatic tension and surprising moments of absurdist comedy, all the while churning the wheels towards reconciliation through the eyes of the young and innocent.” -SIFF

When his father dies, former anti-regime partisan Chandra must travel to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away.

Nepali helmer Deepak Rauniya’s outstanding second feature is a powerful drama about people and a nation at the crossroads…

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Film sponsored by:  NY Life/Munira Dhodiya & South Asia Institute, UT
Community partners:  Greater Austin Nepali Society / Austin Asian American Film Festival

CHRONICLES OF HARI (HARIKATHA PRASANGA) (India / Fiction / Kannada)
(with FILMMAKER Ananya Kasaravalli IN ATTENDANCE)
Saturday, April 22nd, @ 4:15pm

Sensuously shot in India’s green coastal regions, Chronicles of Hari tells the story of a young actor who performs female roles in the traditional all-male theater of Karnataka, only to feel himself trapped between two sexual identities and belonging to neither.” –Hollywood Reporter

An actor who plays female parts in traditional Indian theater loses his sexual identity in Ananya Kasaravalli’s debut feature.

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Film sponsored by:  ABCA
Community partners:  OUTsider,  Austin Kannada Sangha, KhushATX

PHOBIA (India / Fiction /Hindi)
Saturday, April 22nd @ 7:15pm

The film’s ‘chill factor’ rests on the shoulders of Radhika Apte, whose expressions are flawless and tend to leave the audience wide-eyed and in awe of her performance.” –Deccan Chronicle

Mehak is a young, free spirited confident artist who has her entire life turn upside down when she accidentally dozes off in a taxi one night. The driver decides to take advantage of the situation. Mehak manages to physically escape that night, but mentally – she is still stuck inside that taxi.

**THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO SPEND YOUR SATURDAY NIGHT** than watching one of the best HINDI horror films with your friends at the Arbor on April 22nd.

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66 Years of Children’s Mental Health Services to Austin

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The mission of Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help develop the emotional skills to face life’s challenges.
Since 1951, Austin Child Guidance Center has worked diligently to ensure that every child has equal access to quality mental health services. ACGC has earned it’s reputation as a trusted and invaluable resource to the Austin community. Since ACGC first opened it’s doors, over 141,127 clients have been served.
Help Austin Child Guidance Center ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable mental health treatment, no matter their religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or any other measure that is used to divide. Find out more about how to help, HERE.
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By: Pearl Esema

What is hackathon? <div> hackathon is the only youth and diversity-focused annual hackathon, 100% organized and 100% operated by students of color, in the United States. Hackathon  is held on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University.  <div> hackathon’s mission is to assist Millennials Of Color in recognizing that they can be more than consumers of technology—they too can be creators, innovators, and disruptors of tomorrow’s technology.

Last year (2015), was our inaugural year. 50 Millennials Of Color (high-school and undergrads) spent the first weekend of SXSW, paired with Mentors, developing mobile apps that solved problems in the Education, Health, and Social Justice sectors.

This year, our <div> hackathon is answering the technology pipeline problem. Our  <div> hackathon will serve as an information and social capital conduit—a pipeline—connecting talent-seeking companies to 65 phenomenal Millennials Of Color.

When and where is <div> hackathon? This year, <div> hackathon will be held March 12 and 13, 2016 on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University. Huston-Tillotson University is a federally designated HBCU (a Historically Black College and University). Huston-Tillotson University is home to a diverse student campus. Our student body is 72% African-American, 17% Latino, 6% White, and 4% International.

Who runs <div> hackathon? <div> hackathon is 100% organized and 100% operated by the students of Huston-Tillotson University.

What should you expect to see at <div> hackathon?

  • Over 234 participants (65 Students, 40 Mentors, 100 Spectators, 13 Huston-Tillotson Student Organizers, 5 Guest Judges, 10 Huston-Tillotson Faculty and Staff Members, and 1 Huston-Tillotson President);
  • 65 Students from diverse backgrounds, creating mobile apps that disrupt the Business, Health, Education, and Entertainment sectors;
  • Supportive, engaging, and curriculum-based environment ;
  • Tech talks, which share with students new product knowledge; career survival skills; and the power of personal branding; and
  • Opportunities to network, table, and discuss!

We work hard to create an amazing <div> hackathon experience! Here’s what last year’s participants had to say about our <div> hackathon:

“<div> hackathon was a life changing experience that helped open my mind to becoming innovative and more than just a consumer of technology.” – Judith Job, Huston-Tillotson University Kinesiology student

“At <div> hackathon, I made lasting connections. I was also inspired to continue to create apps.” – Arsenio Brown, Huston-Tillotson University Sociology student

“<div> hackathon opened my eyes to something special about my East Austin community. Spending a weekend seeing different people of color work together to solve different issues was not only empowering but proves that we can go further if we do it together.” – Juan Zuniga, Austin Community College Business Management student

“Thank you so much for putting together the <div> hackathon! It’s great that you guys promoted diversity and women’s equality! I had so much fun, met some amazing people and learned so many tools that I will definitely be using…Please let me know if you guys ever do this again, I’d definitely be interested.” – Maryam Khawar, Austin Peace Academy student

If you would like to support us, or have any further questions or concerns about our <div> hackathon Supporter Tiers below, please contact Autumn Caviness, 512-505-3163, adcaviness@htu.edu and refer to iamthepipeline.com for more information.  Thank you!

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Meet Oscar Flores, with the passion to help his community and encourage business owners

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Oscar Flores moved to Austin from Seattle, WA. He is graduated as Telecommunication Technician in Venezuela. He studied Business Management and Entrepreneur at Edmonds Community College. Founder and former president of Venezuelan-American Washington association. He has many years of professional experience on Hispanic media such as EL Mundo newspaper, Azteca TV and ESPN Deportes Radio. Oscar started Cestari Insurance agency in 2005 and worked as Marketing Director. In 2013 became a Commercial Insurance agent. Passionate about sports, he has coached 6U baseball and support a gymnastic daughter.  He loves to cook and host parties. His passion is to help his community and encourage them to become business owners. He also has volunteered for Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as Member and Ambassador, Instructor  for Economic Growth Business Incubator, and Baseball Coach for Cedar Park Youth League.

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Meet Marieli Cestari, with the vision to provide advice and lead the insurance market based on experience

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Marieli Cestari is original from Venezuela and has been living in the US since 2000.  She graduated as an Industrial Engineering in 1999.  In 2005, she decided to become a Farmers Insurance Agent and develop her career in the insurance and financial services industries.  In 2013, she accomplishes the Minority Business Executive program from Washington University, Foster School of Business and in 2014, she got certified as the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation “LUTCF” with the American College Institute.  Her passion is to advocate others, she participates as mentor and speaker for few local nonprofits to help another entrepreneur achieve their dream.

Her vision is to provide advice and lead the insurance market based on experience, trust, respect values and commitment to encouraging the peace of mind.  She loves dancing and listen to classic music.  She enjoys watching movies, doing sports and outdoors activities with her two beautiful children and husband as well as having friends over for entertainment.  She pursues her dreams and goals through hard work and attitude.

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Meet Christina Trevino, a visionary educator

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Author Christina Trevino is a leadership entrepreneur, visionary educator and founder of Emotion Leadership Enterprises (ELE) with the goal to have this program in 22 cities by 2022. ELE focuses on professional and personal leadership training and coaching. Emotion Leadership is a critical skillset to accurately identify and express emotions for improved leadership, impacting work, relationships, health and wellness.

ELE is unique in that it bridges personal and professional development, spans from adults to children, corporate to families, leveraging a common framework. Programs include Leadership for the Professionals Spirit™ and Leadership for the Teen Spirit™ . ELE is headquartered in Austin, Texas. In addition to the Leadership for the Human Spirit ™ platform, Christina and her team continue to expand her Zoo in You ™ product line.

In 2013, Dr. Oz selected Christina’s book, “Zoo in You,” as the only children’s program at his inaugural Emotional Health and Wellbeing Conference for military families. And in 2015, Austin Woman magazine chose her as one of its Leading Minority Female Business Owners.

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Call For Exhibits in 2018: AARC Community Art Exhibit Program

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The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is offering an excellent opportunity for local artists to display artwork that celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Asian and Asian American culture. The AARC seeks to present visual art that addresses topics in Asian and Asian American culture, heritage and history through a quarterly rotating exhibits program. While this is an Austin-based program, they are opened to  submissions from national and international.

The application deadline for 2018 exhibits is March 31st, 2017.

Submissions

The AARC invites individual artists working in various media as well as curators, galleries, and organizations to submit a call for exhibits application along with supporting materials to include:

  • ŸArtwork images: If this is a solo exhibition, the artist must submit 10-20 jpeg images (no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels at 300 dpi) of artwork. If this is a group exhibition, the curator, gallery, or organization must submit 5-10 jpeg images of artwork by EACH participating artist. All works of art must be completed in the past 5 years.
  • Ÿ Image list: Include the following information for each uploaded image: title of work, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), and date completed.
  • Ÿ Exhibition statement: Briefly describe the medium, artistic process and inspiration of the art. Explain the message you would like to convey through this exhibit.

Type of work

2D– painting, drawing, prints, photography, fiber, multimedia

3D– sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, glasswork

Please note that daily video installations are not available at this time. Video installations may be available during opening receptions upon request.

Artwork may not exceed 50 lbs and 20” in depth if exhibited in glass display case.

Selection

An independent panel comprised of community members will review all submissions and select exhibitions. The panel will be provided only the artwork examples and exhibition statement submitted for review. No background on the artist, including name, experience, age, national origin, gender or other information will be provided. Artwork will be judged solely on its merit.

Selection criteria are broad and may include:

  • ŸOriginality: All artwork is original in concept and /or presentation.
  • ŸArtistic Impression: Strength of the artwork is shown based on technique, concept of work, execution, and application of artistic abilities.
  • ŸAppropriateness: The exhibition is suitable for a multi-use space and relevant to the AARC mission statement.

Final exhibit selections will be approved by the panel in conjunction with AARC staff.

For more details, click HERE. 

The Asian American Resource Center (AARC)


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North Austin Influencers January Mixer

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Thank-you to everyone that attended the North Austin Influencers January Mixer. This month’s highlighted Influencer is Dr. Teresa Granillo with Con Mi MADRE.

Dr. Granillo graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Psychology. Additionally,she earned her Masters of Social Work, Masters in Psychology and Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology from The University of Michigan.

Before joining Con Mi MADRE she was a Tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Austin in the School of Social Work.

Con Mi MADRE is a non-profit in the Austin area whose mission is to empower young Latinas and their mothers through educational and support services. Dr. Granillo joined Con Mi MADRE because she was a Latina who grew up with a single mother who didn’t have an education. Her mother encouraged her to do well in school and pursue post-secondary education. While Granillo didn’t have a Con Mi MADRE, she had many mentors outside of her family that helped her throughout high school, college, and graduate school, and she says she owes her success to them. Thus, she believed whole-heartedly in Con Mi MADRE’s mission. She feels she is proof that with the right guidance, support, and mentorship, even Latinas from low-income families can achieve great things in education. For 10 years she has been doing research on finding ways to improve the lives of young Latinas, to provide them with opportunities to be healthy (physically and emotionally), happy, and successful. When presented with the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of Con Mi MADRE, it was like a dream come true! Now she gets to use her personal experiences and knowledge to empower young Latinas and their mothers to fulfill their dreams of obtaining a college education and having a successful career.

Special thank-you to Casa Chapala Mexican Grill & Cantina for hosting us at their beautifully renovated location and as always great service!

For more pictures from the event, visit our Facebook album HERE.

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North Austin Creatives Virtual Gallery

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North Austin Creatives’ (NAC) mission is to advance the arts through connections, community and creativity. The group does this through business connections, civic engagement through the arts, and sharing and creating opportunities for the creative scene.

The group recently added a gallery on their site to showcase the art work of their members.  Artist wanting to be included can join a monthly meeting then fill out their form. The page shows the top 30 active members in NAC. Users can add the word cloud to filter members based on their speciality and see additional members.

Some of the groups other projects include establishing new galleries; facilitating connections between businesses, property owners, and creatives; hosting art markets; volunteering with summer camps; and sourcing artists for murals and other art projects.

For more information, visit:  http://northaustincreatives.com/

by: LISA BUSSETT, one of the artist featured on the site.

by: LISA BUSSETT, one of the artist featured on the site.


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