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Announcements May 2005
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS from May 3, 2005:
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Upcoming at the Forum: May 10: Richard McElrath for People United for Education
June: Harvey Gantt for Foundation for the Carolinas Task Force on CMS Management
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Dr. Gyasi Foluke announced that he would address the Youth and Families Committee of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners this afternoon, Tuesday, May 3, at 3 p.m. seeking county support for a reparations conference.
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Park & Recreation's Sherry Wilson announced that she had applications for those interested in serving on parks advisory committees. She also announced the annual Parks & Recreation Barbeque with food and fun for families and friends for this Thursday, May 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Seversville Park, 530 Bruns Ave. adjoining Bruns Avenue Elementary.
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Nancy Carter suggested condolence cards to City Council District 1 representative Patsy Kinsey, whose mother died and whose funeral was at 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, May 3, at Shamrock Drive Baptist.
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Lucy Bush Carter announced the Community Culinary School Alumni Association's annual fish fry fund-raiser on this Friday, May 6, from 1-6 p.m. at 2401 Distribution St. Flounder plates are $7, including sodas. "It will be great food and a great way to support a good program."
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Polly Little announced that Northwest School of the Arts would host a Unity of the Arts festival this Saturday, May 7 all day at Freedom Park.
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Joyce Waddell announced a free event at Progress Park, 1330 Parkwood Ave. for Saturday, May 14 from 12-5 p.m. sponsored by Witness of Peace Gospel Ministry and Parks & Rec. The event includes a clothes giveaway.
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the Women's Commission Advisory Board would on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. hold its annual Presidents Networking Brunch at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the museum's current exhibit, Purses, Platforms and Power. Stevenson said presidents should have received invitations, and urged those who could not attend to appoint people to go in their stead.
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Mecklenburg County's Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of the latest in the county's free domestic violence Lunch & Learn series, on women who are abused and incarcerated. The event is today, Tuesday, May 3, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St. in Atrium 3 Education Center (basement of food court). Validated parking is available at the adjacent On-The-Green parking garage. Presenter is Melissa Mummert, United Family Services' coordinator of the Domestic Violence program for women at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from May 17, 2005:
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Upcoming at the Forum:
May 24, Sharon D. Bennett, president, National Association of Gifted Youth.
May 31: Advocates for Education's Parent Leadership Network.
June: Harvey Gantt for Foundation for the Carolinas Task Force on CMS Management.
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Araminta Johnston announced that Educate! would publish this Thursday, May 19, a piece written by Harvey Gantt for the Knight Foundation annual report in which he relates some personal experiences and makes a few reflections on today. To subscribe to Educate!, send your e-mail address to swannfello@aol.com. Johnston also announced that today, May 17, is the anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education.
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Aaron Cheeks from Parks and Recreation announced a concert in the Classi-Kool series at Freedom Park on Sunday, May 22 from 4-6 p.m. featuring Two Salmon, an old time string band; future concerts include May 29: blues band BP Ride; June 5: youth folk music band Whipper Snappers and balladeer Antonio McMillan; June 12: saxophone quartet Studio D. This Saturday, May 21, the Sedgefield Park reopening celebration begins at 11 a.m. with music, activities and refreshments. The Community Garden Cookout on Little Sugar Creek at 11th and Alexander Streets will be held this Thursday, May 19, from 6-8 p.m. And the Central Park District 3 advisory committee meets this Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at Hawthorne Recreation Center, 345 Hawthorne Lane.
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Thomas Moore announced that Myers Park United Methodist Church would hold An Evening of Sacred Jazz this Sunday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 1501 Queens Road. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under and adults 65 and older. Featured are selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Songs and the world premier of the Mass of Reconciliation by Peppi Calvar, the church's youth music director and choral director at Northwest School of the Arts.
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Deacon Jones recommended reading "Digging into a painful past" in Tuesday's Observer, a story about re-enactors at Historic Brattonsville, a plantation and Revolutionary War battlefield in South Carolina. Kitty Wilson-Evans, Jones said, "represents what it was to be an enslaved person on that plantation."
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Tuesday's Forum topic turned on racial profiling and when someone asked whether African-Americans in the room felt they had ever been stopped by law enforcement for driving while black, nearly every hand went up. Later, Rev. Fred Griffin offered a story from his years as a truck driver, an occasion when he and a white driver from a competing firm were on the road from Kings Mountain to Gastonia. "We were trying to beat one another," but when an officer's blue lights came on, the white driver sped up, leaving Griffin to be pulled over and ticketed for going 49 mph in a 35 mph zone. When Griffin asked the officer whether he could pull over two drivers at the same time, Griffin said the officer replied, "Sure, but he was going only a little over 50 mph."
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Democracy North Carolina sent in an announcement encouraging people to support House Bill 238, the Voter Confidence Bill, that would mandate a paper record for each vote cast in future N.C. elections. Two ways to help: Contact Speaker Jim Black's office at 919-733-3451 or via e-mail at Jimb@ncleg.net; and participate in a tentatively scheduled May 28 canvass sponsored by the nonpartisan group "All for NC" that will focus on southeast Charlotte near Matthews. Info: Janice Sears at jesears@msn.com or cell 919-250-8297.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from May 24, 2005:
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Upcoming at the Forum:
May 31: Advocates for Education's Parent Leadership Network.
June: Harvey Gantt for Foundation for the Carolinas Task Force on CMS Management.
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County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts and later school board member Louise Woods announced that the county commissioners would hold a public hearing on county education funding issues this Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. in the Meeting Chamber of the Government Center. Woods said that while County Manager Harry Jones' recommendation on the CMS budget covers growth, there is "very little for the initiative to put strong teachers in every classroom." Nor does it address safety issues and alternative placements that will prevent children from "just hanging out at home, which is what they want to do." She said she hoped the school board would soon approve a resolution calling for alternative sources of revenue. "That's where we have to go."
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Polly Little announced that she and her husband Rodney and neighbors Erika and Dana Lumsden would hold a free meet-the-candidate event for Anthony Foxx, candidate for City Council at-large, on Thursday, May 26 from 6-8 p.m. at 2448 Mecklenburg Ave. in Plaza-Midwood, across from the Charlotte Country Club. "We'll pass the hat, like all campaigns do, but it's free."
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Dr. Vernon Herron, as promised last week, had copies of his October 2004 five-page paper entitled "An Experience With Meter Hymns, Spirituals, Gospel and Note Singing" presented October 2004 to the Baptist Ministers Conference 2 at New Bethlehem Baptist Church. For copies, see Herron.
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Dr. Gyasi Foluke announced that advertising agency owner Daphney Washington would be bring from Greensboro to Charlotte her newspaper "Savoir-Faire News: Highlighting the spectrum of women and minority-own businesses."
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Sarah Stevenson announced that she has information from Rep. Mel Watt on a grants conference at Forsyth Tech on Monday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Stevenson at 704-392-9503.
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West Charlotte Alumni Association member Mary Brooks mentioned that the high school has some students facing end-of-course testing who cannot read the test. She is looking for volunteers to read the tests to the students on test days. National Association of Gifted Youth President Sharon Bennett told Brooks, "There was a man who walked this earth years ago. It was him and 12 others, and the effects are still being felt. If he could do it with 12, through the same power you can change this world too." "That's good," Brooks replied, "because that's all we've got."
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Sherry Wilson of Parks & Recreation announced that pools would open Memorial Day weekend at Revolution, Double Oaks and Cordelia parks; that spraygrounds would open the same weekend at Cordelia and West Charlotte; a Teen Fest would be held Saturday, June 4 at Southside Park from noon to 4 p.m.; a Duck Derby and Little Sugar Creek Greenway grand opening would be held Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; that a 2-person volleyball tournament for men and women would be held at Grady Cole Center and Memorial Stadium on June 11-12, and that the Tot Olympics for ages 2-5 would be held this Wednesday, May 25, from 10-noon at the J.C. Smith University track on Beatties Ford Road. The Central District 1 Advisory council meets the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. For rotating location sites and other information, call Sherry Wilson at 704-353-1248.
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Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement that the South Tryon CDC, working under contract with DSS Youth and Family Services, is searching for
adoptive and foster parents, mentors for families, and community partners that can provide space for team decision making meetings for when families are in crisis. For more information, contact Maria Parrot-Withers of the South Tryon CDC at 704-347-4207 or rmparrott@aol.com or Sylvia Grier at 704-333-1690 or birsco@bellsouth.net.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from May 31, 2005:
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Upcoming at the Forum:
June 7: Supt. James Pughsley.
July 12: Harvey Gantt for Foundation for the Carolinas Task Force on CMS Management.
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Jennifer Roberts announced a $20 fund-raiser for Dwayne Collins, school board candidate in District 3 on Friday, June 10 from 7 p.m.-midnight at Highland Creek Sports Clubhouse, 6616 Clarke Creek Parkway. Food and dancing. Info and directions: Jay Ferguson 704-650-2864, Adriane Dean 704-388-1970, Dwayne Collins 704-598-7958.
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John McClelland of Parks & Recreation announced a grand opening for the Little Sugar Creek Greenway this Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at Brandywine and Westfield, behind the Park Road Shopping Center. McClelland also announced that he had application forms for those interested in serving on Park advisory councils. Slots are opening as some terms end in June. Applicants would serve in the district in which they live.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council would hold a public awareness march today, May 31, at 12:15 p.m. at The Square, Trade & Tryon Streets, "due to another domestic violence related death."
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Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement that the local organizing committee for the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March would hold a press conference at 11 a.m. this Thursday, June 2, at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St., and would meet weekly on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Coffee Cup, 914 S. Clarkson St. Info: Millions More Movement-Charlotte, Box 34746, 28234-4746; 704.515.3617; mmmcharlotteloc@aol.com
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Adam Sotak of Democracy Charlotte sent in an announcement that at their meeting this Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Aquatic Center at 2nd & McDowell Streets, the group would introduce its summer interns: Johniqua Williams, JCSU; Sean Thompson, UNCC; and Katie White, Elon University.
Those wishing to go to Raleigh on Tuesday, June 7 for the NC Voters for Clean Elections Lobby Day, please call Adam at 704-277-8340. "We can provide transportation to and from Raleigh. We will leave Charlotte at approximately 6 a.m. and return at approximately 6 p.m.
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