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Diversity Center trying to raise funds

The troubled Diversity Center, which for the past two years has been open intermittently because of money woes, is trying to regroup with a December 18 fund-raiser at the Saint, 1400 N. Main. The show will feature “La Cage—One Night Only” with top female impersonators from SA and Austin. The show begins at 9 p.m.

The Center was located at 531 San Pedro, but closed recently after organizers could no longer afford the rent or liability insurance. The landlord reportedly has agreed that once the back rent and insurance is paid, the Center can reopen at that location. The Center provided meeting space, counseling services, and HIV testing, and organized community health fairs.

Hardberger to answer District 5 questions

District 5 Councilwoman Patti Radle invites her constituents to attend a second town-hall meeting with Mayor Phil Hardberger Monday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Henry’s Hall, 1619 S. Flores. The meeting is a continuation of the August 29 session, at which Mayor Hardberger promised to return within 100 days to answer questions posed by community members.

Volunteers needed for New Orleans project

AmeriCorps is looking for 1,000 interested and dedicated college students to help revitalize New Orleans from Wednesday, December 28, through Friday, December 30. You may volunteer one, two, or three days to clean up, landscape, refurbish, and paint 50 parks and playgrounds. This is part of an ongoing project to help displaced New Orleanians organize their lives and prepare for the reopening of their children’s schools, parks and playgrounds. For more info or to sign up, go to

Japanese journalist to speak on economy

Gentaro Yoshino, editorial writer for Japan’s leading economic newspaper, NIKKEI, will speak about the challenges facing the Japanese economy Friday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the International Conference Center Auditorium at University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway.

Yoshino will discuss Japan’s economic revival and reforms, their political impact, and the country’s relationship with China, a growing market and labor force in Asia. The event is free. To register call Hiroko Fay at 491-0112.

Francesca Camillo


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