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Announcements January 2008



ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 8, 2008:

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Next week at the Forum: Joan Redfern on feeding the hungry homeless.
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Aretha Blake announced the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Westin Hotel, 501 S. College St. Tickets, available at YMCAs, are $35. Speaker is Kweisi Mfume, former president and CEO of the NAACP. Music by Sounds of Blackness. Proceeds benefit the McCrorey Branch YMCA. Web info: www.ymcacharlotte.org/mccrorey/programs/special/prayer_breakfast.aspx
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Dr. Vernon Herron announced a six-week series on genealogical research, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 28-Feb. 25, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 25. For information or to register, call 704-503-1701 or 704-583-0560. A sixth session will be held Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m. with genealogist Helen Leary. "All of you should learn how to write your family history. Say amen," said Herron.
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County Commissioner Valerie Woodard urged people to stay in touch with commissioners about the sheriff confirmation issue. "My whole issue with regard to this is the process. What I don't want to happen in our community is that other folks other than our community end up making the decision as to who our leaders are.... A lot of you may have some concern with the person involved. But the person is not the priority here. It's that process that is the priority. We may or many not like Nick Mackey. It doesn't matter, because the people have spoken as to who they wanted to be their choice. And I don't think we as commissioners are to tamper with that."
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Jackie Walton announced that the Web site referenced earlier by Malachi Greene, about change sparked by technology, and about how U.S. children are performing compared with their international peers, can be found by googling "shift haappens." The current version of the slide show with electronic music is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMcfrLYDm2U. An earlier slideshow version without sound is at www.slideshare.net/jbrenman/shift-happens-33834.
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School board member Vilma Leake urged people to attend school board meetings, including tonight's regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. at the Government Center. "We need you there. We need to see you," Leake said.
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Thomas Moore announced a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of the Church in the Round service at Myers Park Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road, on Sunday, March 2.
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Dianna Davis announced that her group is preparing for the second annual Miss Queen City Beauty Pageant, proceeds from which support scholarships to Girls' World 2008 Summer Camp, a day camp founded in 1997 for girls 5-14 that operates at Hickory Grove Presbyterian Church, 5735 W.T. Harris Blvd. Info: www.missqueencity.com and www.girlsworldnc.com or Dianna Davis at 704-713-2280.
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Forum messages reach 364 addressees.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 15, 2008:
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N.C. Rep. Becky Carney announced that the state Transportation Policy Committee that she chairs would meet at the Charlotte Convention Center on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in a public meeting to continue discussion of a statewide transportation plan. She also said she was serving once again on a Home Foreclosure Committee and would invite people to make suggestions on resolving the foreclosure crisis by calling her at 919-733-5827 or e-mailing Beckyc@ncleg.net.
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George Dunlap announced the "Communities Sharing the Dream" summit between African-Americans and Latinos for this Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. (Free registration closed Monday, but call 704-941-6730 or 704-568-3602.
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Carlenia Ivory announced the 14th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Westin Hotel, 501 S. College St. Tickets, available at YMCAs, are $35. Speaker is Kweisi Mfume, former president and CEO of the NAACP. Music by Sounds of Blackness. Proceeds benefit the McCrorey Branch YMCA. Web info: www.ymcacharlotte.org/mccrorey/programs/special/prayer_breakfast.aspx. Sarah Stevenson is to be honored at the event.
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Beatrice Cox announced a six-week series on genealogical research, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 28-Feb. 25, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 25. For information or to register, call 704-503-1701 or 704-583-0560. A sixth session will be held Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m. with genealogist Helen Leary.
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Cynthia Neagle Maxwell announced that she would have flyers next week about a Legal Aid program to assist low-income residents with income tax preparation.
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John Barnett announced a March on York for Sunday, Jan. 20, sponsored by the National Action Network as a "stand against violence, gangs and drugs," beginning at 2 p.m. at Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, marching to the York County Courthouse and back for a 4 p.m. rally. More info: nancharlotte@yahoo.com and www.myspace.com/sharptonsidekick.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 22, 2008:

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Next week at the Forum: Vi Lyles and Malcolm Graham on grant to support continued work of Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Agenda.

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Valerie Woodard announced a rally on the sheriff selection process for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 at St. Paul Baptist Church, 1401 N. Allen St. Speakers may include the Rev. Al Sharpton, possibly Nelson Rivers, the chief operating officer of the national NAACP, and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina State NAACP. Woodard added later that the N.C. Democratic Party hearing on grievances filed in connection with Nick Mackey's selection at a party meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Government Center.

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Rodney Moore announced a Housing Authority public hearing at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 to gauge public perception of the authority's new "Moving To Work" program, "so we can dispel the myths." The hearing will be at Authority offices at 1301 South Blvd.

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Blanche Penn announced that Students Together Against Recklessness, when they take their play to Little Rock, Ark., will add local students to the cast. The Little Rock production may be televised, she said.

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 29, 2007:
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Cynthia Neagle Maxwell announced that Legal Aid is taking appointments for an income tax return clinic for low-income clients. Call 704-376-1600.
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Natalie Lawston announced a Park and Recreation workshop on the department's 10-year plan for Monday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.
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Valerie Woodard announced that she understood that the Rev. Al Sharpton had confirmed that he will be present for a rally on the sheriff selection process, now set for Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. at Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 1243 West Blvd.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the next free domestic violence "Lunch and Learn" program would feature Catherine Wargo of United Family Services' Victim Assistance on the subject of sexual assault. The session will be Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women's Summit on Thursday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at UNCC. Keynote speaker is columnist Ellen Goodman. Registration is $35 before Feb. 26, $55 thereafter. To register and more information: www.womenssummit.uncc.edu or wsinfo@uncc.edu or 704-687-2309.

 

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