MAS Urbana-Champaign is a grassroots, community organization and a local chapter of MAS National that works to educate, organize, and empower the Muslim community to be active, contributing citizens who play a significant role towards positive social and spiritual change.
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Run for Rohingya 5k

masuc.org/rohingya5k Come join us in a 5k run in support of the Rohingya people! Money raised will be used to provide the victims with shelter, food, clothing, and medical supplies. Help us make the world a better place. T-shirts, beverages, and snacks will be provided. The goal of this event is to help relieve some of the suffering that the Rohingya people are going through everyday. With more than 400,000 Rohingyas who have been exiled from their homes, we can no longer remain silent. The persecution and suffering of the Rohingya is only due to their ethnicity and religion - what's going on is nothing less than an ethnic cleansing. Our goal is to see it come to an end. OUR OBJECTIVES: At the moment, the Rohingyas need food, shelter, and medical supplies. And its urgent. Here's what we hope to accomplish with your support: -Raise at least $5,000 to be used directly for their needs -Raise awareness of the situation accross the Champaign Urbana community -Encourge community members to take action in the face of injustice -Offer a motivational, yet fun way for the community to get together and support those in need THE BENEFIT: By partaking in this 5k, Rohingyas will receive much needed food, medical aid, clothing, and shelter. EVENT SCHEDULE The 5k will be held on November 4th. Check-in will begin at 9:00 at the Quad near the south entrance of the Illini Union. Please come early! The race will start at 9:30. Shortly after, we'll host the Awards Ceremony to distribute prizes to winners. Cool and refreshing snacks and beverages will be provided for the attendees! Make sure to stick around after the race and redeem any possible awards! Based on weather predictions, we recommend wearing a light sweater or fleece to keep you warm during the cool fall breeze. To learn more about the crisis, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVvntQNKZa0

11/4/2017 9:00:00 AM -05:00

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Welcoming Week 2017

Welcoming Week is a national celebration of the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. Created by YMCA of the USA’s national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to promote cross-cultural understanding and raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone! Welcoming Week Champaign County is a part of the New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA. For detailed event descriptions and to see the event calendar, visit: http://universityymca.org/welcome-center-calendar/ LIST OF EVENTS: 27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture Thursday, Sept 14, 1pm, Knight Auditorium at Spurlock Museum ELLNORA Guitar Festival | Various Events Thursday, Sept 14 to Saturday, Sept 16, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Joint Community Meeting Thursday, Sept 14, 7pm, Trinity Hall, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church International Coffeehouse Open House Friday, Sept 15, 4pm-6pm, Etc. Coffee House Champaign County Immigrant Conference & Benefits Fair Saturday, Sept 16, 10am-2pm, Champaign Public Library Ellnora | Around the World Family Event Saturday, Sept 16, 12pm-3pm, Spurlock Museum Welcoming Service: “Welcoming the Stranger” Saturday, Sept 16 (5pm); Sunday, Sept 17 (8:30am & 10:45am) Tagore Festival: 100 years of Tagore’s Urbana Lectures on Nationalism Saturday, Sept 16, 5:30pm-9pm, Channing Murray Foundation Cake Night Saturday, Sept 16, 7pm-10pm, Bahá'í Center Welcoming Worship Service Sunday, Sept 17 (8am & 9am), First Presbyterian Church of Champaign Welcoming Service: "Will You Harbor Me? The Dance of Host and Guest" Sunday, Sept 17, 10:15am, Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign Filipino American Community Potluck Tuesday, September 19, 6pm-8pm, Asian American Cultural Center Fresh Check Day | Mental Health Fair Wednesday, Sept 20, 10am-2pm, Illini Union Dessert Fair Wednesday, Sept 20, 12:30pm-4pm, Chapel of St. John the Divine Make Ice Cream with New Friends Thursday, Sept 21, 10am-12pm, Museum of the Grand Prairie International Day of Peace Meet & Greet Thursday, Sept 21, 5pm-7pm, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Immigration 101: Information & Volunteer Training Thursday, Sept 21, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Independent Media Center (IMC) Glo Heart/Displaced Lullaby, a play Friday, Sept 22, 7:30pm, University YMCA RE-Public Music Showcase Friday, Sept 22, 12:30pm-7:30pm, Downtown Champaign (corner of Walnut & Chester Streets) Knowledge at Work: 150 years of the U of I Friday, Sept, 22, (5pm-8pm) and Saturday, Sept 23, (1:30pm-3:30pm), Spurlock Museum ACLU “Know Your Rights” Table Saturday, Sept 23, 8am-12pm, Urbana Market at the Square Worldwide Day of Play Saturday, Sept 23, 12pm-2pm, Friendship Grove Nature Playscape, Anita Purves Nature Center Hispanic Heritage Month Festival Saturday, Sept 23, 1pm-3:30pm, Orchard Downs 4th Annual Welcome Awards Saturday, Sept 23, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Muslim American Society Center Welcome in the “Wilderness” Saturday, Sept 23 through Saturday, Sept 30 (10am-4pm), Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve Conversation Partners Workshop Wednesday, Sept 27, 6pm-8:30pm, The Urbana Free Library JUNTOS: Parents vs. Teachers Soccer Game & Potluck Saturday, Sept 30, 4pm-8pm, Urbana High School, Urbana Middle School Latin Dance Night Saturday, Sept 30, 9:30pm-11:30pm, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts International Expo Sunday, Oct 1, 1pm-3:30pm, Spurlock Museum Interactive Family-Friendly Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Saturday, October 14, 2pm-5pm, Bahá'í Center Celebration of the Birth of the Báb Saturday, Oct 21, 1pm, Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College Celebration of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh – 200th anniversary year Sunday, Oct 22, 2pm, Foellinger Auditorium Cultural Celebration 4th Sunday of every month, Spurlock Museum Walking Tours Sundays in October, Spurlock Museum

9/27/2017 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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The 4th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards

Join us for the 4th Annual Immigrant Welcome Awards Ceremony and Celebration, hosted by the CU Immigration Forum in partnership with the Muslim American Society Center of Urbana-Champaign and the cities of Champaign and Urbana. Event goers can expect food and fun for the whole family as we recognize and celebrate the contributions of immigrants and those who work to foster a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in Champaign County, Illinois. For more information about the event including past award recipients, visit: www.cuimmigrationforum.org. This year we are excited to announce a new collaboration with the cities of Champaign and Urbana. As part of this new partnership, the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards (CUIHA) will now be included in the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration. The CU Immigration Forum is now accepting your nominations in consideration of the individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions, taken risks, and have provided leadership for the well-being and success of immigrants in Champaign County. To view the award categories and to nominate, please fill this short form using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/j5elJmKSXFiVsN4z2. The CU Immigration Forum will accept your nominations through September 1, 2017. The award recipients will be officially recognized at the 4th Annual Welcome Awards Ceremony and Celebration from 2pm-4pm on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Muslim American Society Center. The 2017 Welcome Awards is hosted by the C-U Immigration Forum in partnership with the cities of Champaign and Urbana. This event is the culmination of Welcoming Week Champaign County, a community bridge-building initiative facilitated by the New American Welcome Center of the University YMCA. To view the schedule of events, visit: http://universityymca.org/welcome-week/ Welcoming Week (September 15-24) is a national week of events that works to bring communities bring together, immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity and to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. For more information about Welcoming Week, visit Welcoming America's website at: welcomingamerica.org/programs/welcoming-week/

9/23/2017 2:00:00 PM -05:00

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MAS UC Youth Summer Camp 2017

MAS Urbana-Champaign is excited to announce our first Youth Summer Camp. This camp serves both males and females ages 14-18 (High School). Camp activities include Horseback Riding, Sports, Cooking Classes, Bonfire, Hiking, and much more! Campers will be accompanied by mentors and will participate in activities with peers of their age. Email youth@masuc.org for questions regarding the camp, and visit http://www.masuc.org/summercamp17 for registration. Seats are limited, so register as soon as possible!

8/14/2017 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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7th Annual MAS College Graduation Dinner & Ceremony

Assalamu Alaikum, First, It is the pleasure of MAS Urbana-Champaign to congratulate you on your graduation this year. This is really a momentous life event, which MAS would like to celebrate with you. It is our pleasure at MAS Urbana-Champaign to invite you to its 7th Annual MAS College Graduation Dinner & Ceremony on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 7-9:30pm. This celebration is open to graduates obtaining any college degree. Due to the limited space, every graduate is welcome to invite one guest. We request that graduates fill the form below by Friday, April 28. https://goo.gl/forms/mXam6keMmmpBMgpJ2

4/29/2017 7:00:00 PM -05:00

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Know Your Muslim Neighbor (KYMN)

Know your Muslim Neighbor (KYMN) is a family-friendly event where local communities come together in a celebration of diversity and unity. These public events provide an opportunity to meet new people, try new experiences, taste new food, and enjoy conversation with local Muslims. Hosted in public spaces and libraries in the Champaign-Urbana area, KYMN offers hands-on Islamic art activities for children, henna hand painting, a poster exhibit on the history of Muslims in early America, and short presentations. KYMN is brought to you by your friends at the MAS Urbana-Champaign along with our partners at the The Urbana Free Library. HUGE shout out to MAS - Detroit, as the originators of this event.

4/22/2017 11:00:00 AM -05:00

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5th Annual Salah Party

Turning seven years old marks an important change in a Muslim's life: the beginning of a non-stop journey of worshipping Allah (swt) through Salah (prayer). We are very excited to Announce our 5th annual Salah Party happening Friday, April 21. Come join us in celebrating and encouraging our 7-year-old students on thier journey of Salah! Tickets are available for sale for a courtesy price $1 per person (for 1-year old+). Babysitting is available and required for kids 1-3-years old.

4/21/2017 6:00:00 PM -05:00

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Know Your Muslim Neighbor (KYMN)

Know your Muslim Neighbor (KYMN) is a family-friendly event where local communities come together in a celebration of diversity and unity. These public events provide an opportunity to meet new people, try new experiences, taste new food, and enjoy conversation with local Muslims. Hosted in public spaces and libraries in the Champaign-Urbana area, KYMN offers hands-on Islamic art activities for children, henna hand painting, a poster exhibit on the history of Muslims in early America, and short presentations. KYMN is brought to you by your friends at the Muslim American Society (MAS) along with our partners at the Champaign Public Library. HUGE shout out to MAS - Detroit, as the originators of this event.

3/12/2017 2:00:00 PM -05:00

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Black Lives Matter: An Inspiring Movement for Social Justice

In commemmoration of Black History Month, MAS Urbana-Champaign would like to invite you to its 4th Annual Black History Month event. This year's theme is "Black Lives Matter: An Inspiring Movement for Social Justice". It is important that we learn from the past and present struggles of the African American community in this country. It's also important that we educate our Muslim community on an important part of American History in order to better understand the dynamics of our society. We will be awarding Dr. Rebecca Ginsburg (University of Illinois) with the Social Justice Award for her work in upholding values of social justice and social services in Urbana-Champaign. For questions, please email activism@masurbana-champaign.org.

2/28/2017 7:00:00 PM -06:00

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Balancing our Spirituality with Today's Busy Lifestyle

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans will be giving a talk about how to boost our spirituality while handling our distracting daily activities and materialistic life through helpful tips and practical advice. Afterwards, MAS Urbana-Champaign is hosting it's 4th Annual Black History Month event: "Black Lives Matter: An Inspiring Movement for Social Justice" (https://www.facebook.com/events/391900107854992/). Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided! Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans is ALIM’s first Scholar-in-Residence and now Executive Director. He converted to Islam while in high school. Upon conversion, Ustadh Ubaydullah began studying some of the foundational books of Islam under the private tutelage of local scholars while simultaneously pursuing a degree in journalism from Columbia. Since then he has studied at Chicagoland’s Institute of Islamic Education (IIE), in Tarim, Yemen, and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he is the first African-American to graduate from its Shari’a program. Ustadh Ubaydullah also instructs with the Ta’leef Collective and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at times.

2/28/2017 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Walking on sunshine

Dear Chamapign Urbana Community ,its the first warm weekend in our area ,lets refreshour energy and enjoy the fresh air and sun by taking awalk at hessel park walkway

2/19/2017 12:00:00 PM -06:00

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Mas Family Sport Day

AA Dear Communitty: come on Saturday ,December 17 and enjoy playing soccer ,Basketball,PingPong and more Bring all your family and frieds ,its fun for all ages kids are getting bored staying indoors in that cold weather lets get them moving with some kids gymnastic will start at 4:00PM with finger food dinner so pleasse bring a dish of finger food to share looking farward to see everyone

12/17/2016 4:00:00 PM -06:00

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MAS Quran institute Eid celebration

MAS Quran Institute will be holding Eid celebration for the Institute students tomorrow Saturday the 17 of septmeber right after school so plan to stay with your child after school hours and enjoy some cotton candy ,popcorn and some face painting .

9/17/2016 3:15:00 PM -05:00

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First day at Mas quran institute

Dear community members Mas Quran institute first day is tomorrow August 27 ,The assembly will start at 10 am inshallah .If you have not registered your child yet you still have a chance to do that tomorrow .For students who already registered parents need to pay their child tuition and put their child book order . looking Farward to see all our students and staff . Jazakom Allah Khairn

8/27/2016 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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MAS Quran Institute Open House

MAS Quran Institute invites you to the 2016 Open House on this coming Saturday August 20th, 2016 ,from 2:00-4:00 P.M. at the MAS Center At the open house New student registration & placement tests • Pay your child’s tuition • Buy the textbooks • Take adult Tajweed placement tests (for both men and women) • Check out our newly developed plans for middle/high school!

8/20/2016 2:00:00 PM -05:00

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Mas QI teachers & Volunteers appreciation dinner

MAS Quran Institute :Teachers and Volunteers Appreciation Dinner You are invited to the 2016 Teachers and Volunteers Appreciation Dinner. Thank you for all of you have done for the school, and the students this academic year. We are blessed to have individuals like you, who know that it takes a village to raise a child. Your efforts, whether direct or indirect, have blessed the students and their education. We pray Allah SWT accepts them, and that He gives us the good blessing of enjoying your help and support the coming school year. Please join us on: Friday, June 3rd, 2016 6:30 – 9:00 p.m We would be honored by your presence. Baby sitting is provided for children up to 8 years old

6/3/2016 6:30:00 PM -05:00

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Mas QI Students Performances

Asalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatu Allah wa Barakatu We thank Allah SWT for allowing us to come to the end of another year at MAS Quran Institute! Alhamdulillah, this year our students have worked hard, learned, laughed, prayed, and developed their unique skills and talents! We are so proud of our students who have memorized new chapters in the Quran, mastered the use of the arabic language, experienced the love of the Prophet PBUH through learning his seerah, or gave back to their community through volunteering. Most importantly, we are proud of them for spending their weekends with their brothers and sisters in the worship of Allah SWT! We have enjoyed sharing many precious moments with our students and their families, so we would like to invite you to not only one, but TWO events to celebrate all the wonderful achievements our students have made! Student Performances on May 14th, 2016 Awards Ceremony on May 21st, 2016 Refreshments will be served

5/14/2016 2:00:00 PM -05:00

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MAS QI early registration for the 2016-2017 School Year

MAS QURAN INSTITUTE Early Registration Is Coming Soon For MAS Quran Institute students for the 2016-2017 School Year Registration for returning students, will be on: April 23rd & April 30th Registration will only be conducted on the following hours of April 23rd & 30th: 10:15-11:15 am & 2:00-3:00 pm Early REGISTRATION FEES are $15 PER STUDENT Early registration is only open for students currently enrolled in the Mas Quran Institute program and for children of the staff. After April 30th late registration fees are $30 per student. Register Early -----------Save!

4/30/2016 12:00:00 AM -05:00

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MAS Youth FNL: How to: Expect the Unexpected

Join us for a night of unexpected fun! 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Refreshments will be served! MAS Center (2011 Brownfield Rd. Urbana, IL 61802)

4/22/2016 6:30:00 PM -05:00

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Muhammad The Orphan Who Adopted The World - MOWAW

Who was Muhammad? What was his message? And why do so many people admire his legacy? Join us for one of the biggest events of the semester! Our two-part series aims to engage in dialogue with the campus community about the life of Muhammad, his teachings, and the legacy he left behind. It also aims to clear misconceptions that the general public may have about him and his teachings. ---------- On the morning of April 18th, your Muslim peers will be on the Quad from 10am-4pm handing out flowers, sharing sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, and engaging in individual discussions about his message and teachings. We encourage you to come try out our trivia, challenges, and refreshments! Then in the evening, you're invited to come to Digital Computer Lab (DCL) Room 1310 at 7PM, for a lecture titled "Muhammad and the Universal Values for Social Justice". Our notable guest speaker, Imam Kifah Mustapha will address the questions of "How did Muhammad shake the underpinnings of the unjust society he lived in by bringing about social reforms?" and "Where does faith and more specifically Islam and the model of Muhammad fit into the discussions on discrimination and social justice?". This will be followed by an open discussion and Q & A Session. Again, refreshments will be served! ---------- Please check out our website for more information: masuc.org. Or email us at campus@masurbana-champaign.org for any questions and inquiries. This event is a joint coordination between MAS-UC and MSA-UIUC.

4/18/2016 10:00:00 AM -05:00

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MAS Sahaba Competition: Superhumans at the Time of our Prophet (s)

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu It's finally here! The Sahaba/Sahabiyat competition, College and Beyond edition is set to take place April 16th. Register today! Study packets will be available post registration inshallah! Study Session dates and times: 2/21/16 (6-7 pm) 2/28/16 (6-7 pm) 3/6/16 (6-7 pm) 3/27/16 (6-7 pm) 4/3/16 (6-7 pm)

4/16/2016 12:00:00 PM -05:00

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4th Annual Salah Party

Turning seven years old marks an important change in a Muslims life, it marks the beginning of a non-stop journey of worshipping Allah through Salah. We are very excited to Announce our 4th annual Salah party that is happing at Mas Quran Institute on April first from 6:30 -8:00pm The salah party tickets are available for sale for a courtesy price $1 per person (for 1 year old and up ) baby sitting is available and required for kids 1-3 years old only

4/1/2016 6:30:00 PM -05:00

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MAS Youth FNL: The Power of Duaa

3/4/2016 6:30:00 PM -06:00

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MAS Youth FNL: Gender Relations

Join us this week on a discussion about Love and Relationships with the oposite gender. We will be having a real conversation on what to do when you're attracted to someone. What are the Islamic guidelines for men and women to interact and how to pursue a halal relationship and how to know if you're ready for that stage.

2/19/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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MAS Youth FNL: Islam & Culture: Family + Basketball and Open Gym

2/5/16 6-9 PM MAS Center (2011 Brownfield Rd. Urbana, IL 61822) Family is the cornerstone to a healthy society. We know that Islam puts a big emphasis on family values and relationships, but how do we consolidate that with many of our cultural practices that make it hard to communicate with each other. How do we deal with differences we have with our parents? What happens when our individual family values clash with Islamic ones? What can we do when parents keep us from pursuing our dreams or aspirations? And how to handle situations that family members often force us in to. All while maintaining an atmosphere of respect, appreciation, and mutual love between all family members? Is it an impossible task? Come discuss that with us this Friday at FNL. PLUS: Open Gym Basketball AND Free Food!

2/5/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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Sahaba Competition 2015: Superhumans at the Time of our Prophet (s)

Assalamu Alaikum! We are very excited to announce the debut of our Sahabah/Sahabiyat Competition! Come take this opportunity to learn about the legendary role-models of our faith...The Superheroes at the Time of Prophet Muhammad (S)! First study session is this Saturday, 3:30-4:30pm at MAS for levels 1-4. High School study session will be held online on Sunday, November 15th inshallah. Stay tuned for College and Beyond Level...

1/23/2016 12:00:00 AM -06:00

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MAS Youth FNL: Islam & Culture: Gender Roles & Expectations + Basketball and Open Gym

How does Islam define women’s and men’s roles? We will discuss misconceptions about feminism and Islam; differences in societal expectations for expressing emotions between men and women; What is hyper-masculinity?; Why are girls always told “you’re too sensitive”?; Why is it that when a woman shows leadership skills she's automatically labeled as "bossy"?; Why can girls take interest in their physical appearance, but when guys do it it’s frowned upon? Join us from 6-9 PM at the MAS Center for a very interesting FNL. Food will be provided! Basketball and Open Gym will also take place, so come enjoy the entire program, eat up, then shoot some hoops with your friends.

1/22/2016 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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MAS Youth FNL: You're Spoiled

Join us tomorrow for our last FNL of 2015! We will be focusing on the topic of privilege. Refreshments will be served!

12/4/2015 7:00:00 PM -06:00

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MAS Youth FNL: Heroes

11/13/2015 6:00:00 PM -06:00

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MAS Youth FNL: HALAL-o-ween

10/23/2015 7:00:00 PM -05:00

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