Doing good this weekend: People Fund, Mac’n’Cheese Smackdown, Xemumba y mas!

22 10 2009

Y’all know I’m all about community and especially on the weekend cuz I like to have fun. I’ve got a full plate this weekend and want to see my peeps out there too. So estan invitados! Check out what’s in store!

7th Annual Conference on Economic Opportunitypeoplefund
Saturday, October 24th
Time: 8:30 – 3PM
ACC Eastview Campus
Cost: $15 per ticket

PeopleFund’s Conference on Economic Opportunity (formerly the East Austin Economic Summit) unites community members, business leaders, and policy makers throughout the region in a dynamic dialogue about our region’s evolving economy. From adult education and job opportunities to affordable housing options, the Conference addresses the key issues facing low- to moderate-income communities, and highlights strategies for creating opportunity for Central Texans. Come join the conversation on October 24th, 2009 at ACC’s Eastview Campus and learn more about resources available in your community!

This year’s program features:

  • Twelve interactive sessions led by expert panelists on topics including Affordable Housing, Foreclosure Prevention, Marketing, Small Business and the Credit Crisis, Urban Agriculture, Art and the Local Economy, Transportation and many more!
  • Fantastic keynote speakers including David Hinson, President Obama’s newly appointed National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency.
  • Interactive density presentation by HousingWorksEconomic Outlook presentation and discussion with Suzi Sosa, President of MPOWER Foundation
  • Closing Kuumba performance by ProArts Collective

To learn more about the Conference on Economic Opportunity, go to, email, or call Ayleen Perez at 472.8087.

Mac and Cheese Smackdown and Children’s Festival

Benefiting Theatre Action Projectmacncheese

Saturday, October 24th


Central Market North

Mac and Cheese Smackdown: 4:30-6:00pm

Three of the best Macaroni & Cheese dishes in town and the Executive Chefs who created those dishes will be going head to head in a smack down competition on the Central Market North Lamar Cafe deck!

Hoover Alexander of Hoover’s Cooking, Lou Lambert of Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue, and Stewart Scruggs of Zoot Restaurant will compete in a friendly cook-off for bragging rights of Austin best Macaroni & Cheese dish.

The judges will consist of Addie Broyles, Austin-American Statesmen food writer, Mando Rayo of (now I’ll have to start a Mac and Chees blog – Ahh no!), the award-winning Austin food blog and Austin restaurant review writer Rob Balon from Fox 7 News and KLBJ Radio.

The Smack Down emcee is Sam Armstrong, food writer for, L Style G Style Magazine, and Austin Monthly Magazine.

Xemumba – Un Festival de Musica Latina

Saturday, October 24xemumba

10:00am – Midnight

Kenny Dorham’s Backyard

Xemumba is La Madre of all Bemba Entertainment events. This is the one that inspired founder, Brandon Badillo, to go into the event promotion biz.

Labor Day weekend of 2007, Xemumba was born. Pronounced She-moom-bah, Brandon created this festival as a means to raise funds for Francisco Badillo, his Abuelo. Francisco was battling cancer at the time and had accrued quite a debt from hospital bills. Brandon had a knack for throwing great themed parties and had wanted to create one that would embody the many sounds and cultures of Central and South America and do it for a great cause. Xemumba 07 will forever live in the memories of those who attended.

Xemumba began as an idea and was planted. With love and passion to nurture, it sprouted into a beautiful annual event. It continues to give back to the community as the community gives to it. Each year, a portion of Xemumba’s proceeds are donated to non profit organizations. This year’s beneficiaries are Lupe Arte and National Hispanic Institute.

This is an all ages festival that will take place at 1106 East 11th St. This is the perfect location for this all day event.

Get your tickets here or check out more information on their Facebook page.

Plaza Saltillo Volunteer Work Day

Saturday, October 24, 2009plazasaltillo

9:00 AM – 12:00PM

Plaza Saltillo in East Austin

Join my friend and Futuro Fund Founder, John-Michael Vincent Cortez in keeping East Austin beautiful.

From JMVC’s Facebook page:

We have another fun work day planned for Saturday, October 24. This will be the second major volunteer day in the larger effort to revive Plaza Saltillo. Thanks to a Keep Austin Beautiful Grant and Landscape Designer Ilse Frank, we have a new planting plan for the Plaza and trees and plants ready for us to put in the ground. Join us on the 24th do show everyone your green thumb and to learn more about the project’s future goals.

Bring: Water, Hats, Sunscreen

Wear: Clothes to get dirty in.

We will provide: coffee, tacos, tools and directions

Learn more or sign up on their Facebook page.

Hope to see you out there!





2 responses

2 12 2009
Herb Schwartz

Mando: it was good to talk with you and even better to see you at work on your blogs. Have you found any places known for tacos that are vegetarian? That category would be helpful to those of us who are limited in their food choices by reason of mission or culture. And speaking about culture: just posting all these programs must be a full time job–which of the did you initiate? which of them have helped in finding what people need or want or think? have any of them given you a glimpse of future leadership? do you attend them? You are so gifted! If I am not intruding, I would like to learn more. Your frindly volunteer at the Harwood Institute

2 12 2009

Herb!!! Good to hear from you! Yeah, we have veggie tacos but we need to do more in-depth research. 😉

Yeah, posting all these activities keeps me busy but I like sharing and connecting with my peeps. Plus it gives people the opportunity to be involved in the community. Oh yes, I’m constantly looking at leadership, gaps and opportunities.

Let’s talk some more. You can reach me at or 512-785-0447.


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