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Announcements March 2006

ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 7, 2006:
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Next week at the Forum: Gwen High, Aramark.
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Polly Little announced that Code Pink would mark International Women's Day with a “Women Say No To War” vigil this Wednesday, March 8 from 5:30-7 p.m.
at the corner of East Boulevard and Scott Avenue, near Brixx and Starbucks. "Wear something PINK. Bring songs, poetry, signs (Honk for Peace; Women Say No To War; etc) and candles. We will wave to homeward bound traffic, in the hopes that our troops will soon be homeward bound. We will light candles at dusk and remember all the victims of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - soldiers, civilians and their family members and friends who mourn." Info: Maggie 704-641-9463.
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Polly Little also announced that the county Democratic Party was preparing an event on April 28 to mark a visit by national party chairman Howard Dean to Charlotte. More details anon.
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Thelma McCoy invited all to attend meetings of Carolina Advocates for Legal Reform, held on the first Mondays of each month at 6:15 p.m. at Greenville Neighborhood Center, 1330 Spring St. CALR's mission statement says in part: "The CALR mission is to advocate for legal reform, and to assist, educate and support consumers of legal services."
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Ahmad Daniels announced that "Sir No Sir!" a documentary film on American GI protest of the Vietnam War, will be shown at the downtown library on Saturday, March 25, from 1-3:30 p.m.
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Valerie Woodard invited all to buy $20 tickets to her campaign fund-raiser fashion show this Sunday, March 12, at the Cafe Room at I-85 and Freedom Drive. Tickets and info: Valerie Woodard.
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Thomas Moore announced a concert by the Morehouse College Choir for Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Myers Park Methodist Church; and a march and rally on children's issues, to be held in Raleigh on June 20 sponsored by the Methodist Church statewide.
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Ruth Samuelson invited all to view the current exhibits on freedom at the Charlotte Museum of History, and on the Dead Sea Scrolls at Discovery Place.
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Prodded by Deacon Jones, Valerie Woodard announced that the University Political Action Committee would hold a forum for county commissioner candidates in District 1 and District 3 on Thursday, March 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Vance High School Media Center. Woodard said the group will make its endorsements after the forum.
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Queen Thompson announced that the League of Women Voters would hold a forum about school reform recommendations from the Gantt-Bessant Task Force, on Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Info: Peg Chapin.
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Helen Patillo announced that Central Church of God had tickets available to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at Discovery Place.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Demostic Violence Advocacy Council would march at The Square this Thursday, March 9, from 12:15-1 p.m., to "raise awareness following the domestic violence-related death of two children in north Charlotte. Their father has been charged with murder." Free parking is available at the Hal Marshall County Services Center at 700 N. Tryon St. or at the 7th Street Station parking garage. A free trolley runs the length of Tryon Street every seven minutes. Info: Mecklenburg County Women's Commission at 704-336-3210 or the Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hotline at 704-332-2513.
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Sherry Wilson of Parks and Recreation sent in an announcement of a Grand Reopening Ceremony for the Historic James C. Dowd House on Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at 2216 Monument St. The Camp Greene Neighborhood Festival follows from 11-2 p.m. Info: Sherry Wilson, 704-353-1248.
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Neil Carroll of Parks and Recreation handed in three announcements. One: There will be a Youth Sports Skills and Drills Day on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Steele Creek Athletic Complex on Choate Circle near Carowinds. The event is in partnership with Sports Illustrated and the National Recreation and Park Association. Two: Central Park District III advisory council meets Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. at Freedom Park. And three: There will be a kite flying contest this Saturday, March 11, at Freedom Park from 1-3 p.m.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 14, 2006:
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Next week at the Forum: Wayne Clapp, executive director, Association for Diversity in Motorsports, Greensboro.
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Laura McClettie announced that members of the School Board Building Solutions Committee would meet with the public tonight, March 14, from 6-8 p.m. at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St.
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Thomas Moore introduced Pam Meister, CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History.
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Vilma Leake announced that the school board would meet tonight at the Government Center. She said the board met last night to begin reviewing the 255 people who applied to be superintendent. She said they went through about 70 last night.
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Andrea Huff announced that the Black Political Caucus would meet Sunday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church.
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John McClelland announced a Youth Sports Skills and Drills Day on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Steele Creek Athletic Complex on Choate Circle near Carowinds. The event is in partnership with Sports Illustrated and the National Recreation and Park Association. McClelland also said Scott Clark of Scott Clark Toyota would present his plan for sponsorship of the park at a meeting at Freedom Park at 6 p.m. tonight, March 14. "Out of this," McClelland said, "will result policies that we will use for future sponsorhips."
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Laura McClettie announced that the Parks Commission boards had openings for residents of southwest and north Mecklenburg.
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Thomas Moore announced a concert by the Morehouse College Glee Club for Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Myers Park Methodist Church. "We need to fill the place up," he said. "This is one of those things that this community needs to see -- and not just one part of this community." Sarah Stevenson said she would be calling people to volunteer to help feed glee club members at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday breakfast.
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the League of Women Voters had completed a study of the CMS Task Force's recommendations. She said the Forum would discuss the issues soon. The League holds a forum on the topic Thursday, March 30. Info: Peg Chapin.
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Malachi Greene announced that "last Thursday at 8:30 I became, for the fourth and fifth time, a grandpapa." He said he now has "five granddaughters and no grandsons. Anybody want to contribute one?" Sarah Stevenson announced she became a great-great-grandmother a month ago.
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Thelma McCoy passed out announcements of a meeting of Carolina Advocates for Legal Reform on Monday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at the Midwood Library, 1623 Central Ave., Info: 704-661-6568; and a rally in Washington April 17 seeking House Judiciary Committee hearings on legal abuse in America. Info and transportation arrangements: Thelma McKoy, 704-372-9575.
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Nyala Hunt sent in an announcement of The National Conference for Community and Justice of Charlotte's 35th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner hosted by Shannon McFayden and honoring Sarah Stevenson and William White Jr. The event is March 30 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Charlotte Hotel. For more information and tickets: Nyala Hunt, 704-334-0053 or nhunt@nccjcharlotte.org
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 21, 2006:
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Next week at the Forum: Chief Superior Judge Shirley Fulton.
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Neil Carroll of Parks and Recreation announced an Easter Egg hunt for Saturday, April 15 at Col. Beatty Park off Hwy. 51; a Big Dog Bark in the Park at McAlpine Creek Community Park on Saturday, April 22 from 10-4; he also announced that community gardens in sundry park locations will open soon; for info, call Parks and Rec at 704-336-3854.
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Andrea Huff annoounced that the Black Women's Caucus would meet this Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. at Greenville Center on Spring Street.
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Blanche Penn announced a number of events at West Charlotte Recreation Center: a Gang Awareness meeting this Thursday, March 23 from 7-9 p.m. in conjunction with the Police Department and Drills of Hope (free); a Spring Fashion Gala this Saturday, March 25 from 4-8 p.m. ($5 in advance and $10 at the door); a fish-and-grill cookout for ages 5 and up from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 ($2); a youth trip to the Duke Power Energy Explorium on May 20 ($1); Shawn's Super Sleepover on Friday, June 9 from 9 p.m.-9 a.m at Amay James Center, 2425 Lester St. ($10); and a Blue Planet Water tour of the North Mecklenburg Water Treatment Plant from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 17 ($2). She also said she would once again be competing in Sunday's Plus Size Ms. Diva contest at 4 p.m. at the center. "I'll be wearing my false eyelashes and everything."
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Robert Dawkins announced that he had tickets to the May 20 NASCAR All-Star Challenge race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Seats are next to the suites and may be purchased for $35 instead of $56 by purchasing them at the speedway. Ask for the Wayne Clapp special section. "I'm paying for yours, Dr. Foluke, because you've gotta come," Dawkins said to a skeptical Gyasi Foluke. "I had no interest in the Harlem Renaissance until I read the work.... Doctor, you're not getting out of it." Foluke responded," I'll count it as part of my reparations."
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Louise Woods announced that the League of Women Voters would sponsor a panel discussion on the Gantt-Bessant CMS Task Force recommendations on governnance on Thursday, March 30 and 6:45 at the downtown public library. Panelists include Ed Dunlap, N.C. School Boards Association; Ted Arrington, UNCC political scientist; N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter; and Danielle Obiorah, Black Political Caucus.
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Tommy Robinson announced that "The Art of Tommie L. Robinson," an exhibit of his work at the downtown public library, had been extended a week past its March 26 close date, in Gallery L.
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Danielle Obiorah announced that the Black Political Caucus would sponsor a meet and greet for all candidates for public office on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Bob Davis House, 421 Beatties Ford Road. She also said members had fish fry tickets to sell for $7 to the group's First Annual Family Festival.
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Thomas Moore left an announcement of a concert by the Morehouse College Glee Club for Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Myers Park Methodist Church.
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Malachi Green announced the National Conference for Community and Justice of Charlotte's 35th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner hosted by Shannon McFayden and honoring Sarah Stevenson and William White Jr. The event is March 30 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Charlotte Hotel. For more information and tickets: Nyala Hunt, 704-334-0053 or nhunt@nccjcharlotte.org
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Richard McElrath announced that the Martin Committee on school construction finance would meet this Thursday, March 23, from 3-7 p.m. at the Government Center Room 267 -- not Friday, March 24.
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Vinod Thomas announced that the Young Democrats would hold their statewide convention in Charlotte this year, this Friday and Saturday at the University Hilton at North Tryon and W.T. Harris Blvd. "It's not often that a political statewide convention occurs in Charlotte." He invited all to drop in on the activities to be held all day Saturday.
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Steve Johnston announced that for the first time in 122 meetings, every crumb was consumed off the Forum coffee table and donations exceeded costs by about a dollar. He said the dollar would go toward paying down the coffee pot's $80.62 deficit. Additional donations received after the announcement reduced the deficit to $26.09.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement inviting all job-seekers to the 13th Annual Career Fair this Wednesday, March 22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Carole Hoefener Center, 610 E. 7th St. "Over 25 employers expected to attend including Bayada Nurses, FedEx, CMS, CATS, Interim Healthcare, Lost World of Credit, Open Arms Child Care Center, Office Team, Good Work Staffing, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, Sun Trust, and more. Bring resumes, attend workshops, visit the career cruiser, enjoy a great networking opportunity, dress professionally. Sponsored by Charlotte Area Fund, Women's Commission, Charlotte Enterprise Community, Charlotte Housing Authority, Hope Haven, Jacob's Ladder, and the ENR.
-- Sylvia Grier sent in an annoucement that Veterans Outreach Youth Clubs of America (VOYA) would hold a Regional Veterans OUtreach Conference on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the University Hilton, W.T. Harris Blvd at North Tryon (registration: $50); and would host its 8th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration Day at Paramount Carowinds Amusement Park on May 20 from 2-5 p.m. ($35 tickets or $10 for season pass holder must be purchased in advance.) Info on both events: Vanessa Conwell, 704-492-5336.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 28, 2006:
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Next week at the Forum: Candidates in the May 2 primary for District 1 County Commissioner. The candidates are Democrats Thurmond Ross and Sam Spencer and Republicans Karen Bentley and Darryl Broome.
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Last week's Forum speaker, Wayne Clapp, executive director of Greensboro-based Association for Diversity in Motorsports, wrote: "I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share with you our organization. I was very impressed by the expressed interest and people who wanted to get involved. My heart was deeply touched by the genuineness of the people and their questions. May this forum continue to grow beyond the room where you meet and have the flow of money always be directed to you. I plan to give back to you what you gave to me. Our heavenly Mother-Father bless you, richly! We're bridging the gap."
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Shirley Fulton announced the National Conference for Community and Justice of Charlotte's 35th annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner hosted by Shannon McFayden and honoring Sarah Stevenson and William White Jr. The event is this Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. at the Westin Charlotte Hotel. For more information and tickets: Nyala Hunt, 704-334-0053 or nhunt@nccjcharlotte.org
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Thomas Moore announced a concert by the Morehouse College Glee Club for Friday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Myers Park Methodist Church. "Be there or be square," said he.
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Laura McClettie announced a health and wellness fair this Sunday, April 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Dowd Y on Morehead Street.
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Louise Woods announced that the League of Women Voters would sponsor a panel discussion on the Gantt-Bessant CMS Task Force recommendations on governnance this Thursday, March 30 and 6:30 at the downtown public library. Panelists include Ed Dunlap, N.C. School Boards Association; Ted Arrington, UNCC political scientist; N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter; and Danielle Obiorah, Black Political Caucus.
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Louise Woods also encouraged people to attend a school board hearing on next year's budget, today, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the Government Center.
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Richard McElrath observed that, rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, the Gannt-Bessant CMS Task Force had not shelved its recommendations for revising district representation on the school board. McElrath said Harvey Gantt had told him that since any such change would require legislative approval, that the Task Force had put the issue on the back burner until next year.
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Queen Thompson announced a public forum and meeting of Carolina Advocates for Legal Reform next Monday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Greenville Center, 1300 Spring St., and a rally against legal abuse scheduled for April 17 in Washington. She also announced a date of April 20 for an upcoming N.C. Black Summit, with more information coming anon.
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Howard McClure announced that he had tickets to the April 8 Black Leadership Caucus banquet in Concord. Info: 704-531-3543.
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