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Announcements August 2008

ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 5, 2008:
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District 3 County Commissioner Valerie Woodard announced that commissioners would, at tonight's meeting, likely name the Oaklawn Community Center for Carlenia Ivory and Don Baker. The board meets at 6 p.m. at the Government Center.
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Deacon Jones announced that the Swann Fellowship had published a paper on how the isolation of poverty had impacted the community's ability to educate children. The paper is available for download at www.swannfellowship.org. He invited all to discuss the paper during a meeting Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St.
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Ken Koontz announced a cookout to celebrate his 60th birthday for Saturday, Aug. 23 from 3-8 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3301 Beatties Ford Road. RSVP by Aug. 18 to texheel22@yahoo.com or 704-536-5403. Bring your own basket; hamburgers, hot dogs and punch available.
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Dwayne Collins announced that the Black Political Caucus would hold its awards banquet Sept 27 at 6 p.m. at Marriott at 5700 Westpark Drive off Tyvola Road. Tickets are $75. Keynote speaker is N.C. Rep. Dan Blue of Wake County.
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Gwen Forney announced that Bright Hopes would hold a kickoff community challenge for students taking a pledge to cut their school absences by 50 percent, at Grady Cole Center on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will include speakers, choirs and performers.
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Carlenia Ivory announced a back-to-school rally sponsored in part by the West Boulevard Coalition, on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 1243 West Blvd. Students attending the event will receive book bags with school supplies.
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Richard McElrath announced that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg branch of the NAACP would hold a banquet on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Crown Point Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St. Tickets are $75.
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Sarah Stevenson asked for prayers for Mary Brooks and the family of Virginia Keogh.
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Blanche Penn left an announcement of a kickoff rally for the Million Father March involving men taking their children to school on the first day. The kickoff will be this Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m.-noon at Police Headquarters, 601 E. Trade St. Info: 704-890-4101.
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Sarah Stevenson passed on a newsletter from U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, which included these items: ++ An estimated 35,000 people in the 12th District who have not received federal stimulus checks could still qualify for checks of at least $300 by filing a 2007 tax return. ++ The Social Security Administration is moving to eletronic applications for disability and retirement benefits, viewing of statements and benefits calculations. No URL was listed. ++ The Department of Veterans Affairs has also moved to online applications for disability compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits. The URL is www.va.gov/onlineapps.htm. ++ Hugh Palmer, a Country Day School graduate, was among those from the 12th District nominated by Watt who began attending West Point in July. ++ Alex McKenzie, a South Mecklenburg High graduate, was the winning 12th District entry in the Congressional Art Competition. Artwork from the competition will hang for a year in the Capitol. McKenzie will attend UNC Greensboro. ++ Watt's website is www.watt.house.gov.
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Michael Sexton sent in a save-the-date for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women's Agenda Assembly hosted by the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hal Marshall building, 700 N. Tryon St.
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Ledger Morrissette sent in an announcement that the Community Relations Committee and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmenT would hold a fair housing and foreclosure prevention forum this Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Government Center Room 267, 600 E. Fourth St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Information: 800-871-9012 ext. 70948 (voice) or message HUD2008MediaCampaign@gmail.com.
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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 Aug. 12, 2008:
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Thomas Moore announced that Myers Park United Methodist Church at 1501 Queens Road will host its 11th annual Hymn Sing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Details: 704-376-8584 or www.mpumc.org.
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Charlotte Brown-Williams announced that Police Chief Rodney Monroe would address a group tonight at 6 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road.
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Richard McElrath announced that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg branch of the NAACP would hold a banquet on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at Crown Point Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St. Tickets are $75.
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Laura McClettie announced that a "Help Is Here Express Bus" sponsored by pharmaceutical research companies will be in Charlotte Thursday, Aug. 21. The bus allows people to find out if they "may qualify for one or more of 475 programs, many of which offer free or nearly free prescription drugs for those in need." The bus does not dispense drugs. The bus will make stops on Aug. 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, and 1-3 p.m. at Stratford Richardson YMCA, 1946 West Blvd. The same qualification process can be done online at www.pparx.org and by phone at 1-888-477-2669.
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Blanche Penn left an announcement encouraging men to take their child to school on the first day, Aug. 25th. More information: www.winnersplusagency.org or 704-890-4101.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council would march at Trade and Tryon Streets this Thursday, Aug. 14, at 12:15-1 p.m. to mark the year's fourth domestic violence related homicide of the year. More information 704-336-3210 or http://dvac.charmeck.org.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of a free training session, titled "When Poverty and Domestic Violence Intersect," on Monday, Aug. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Child & Family Services Center, 601E. 5th St., presented by the Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 19, 2008:
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Malyn Pratt announced that the League of Women Voters would hold two televised candidate debates in partnership with WTVI and WSOC-TV: a session for local candidates on Oct. 7, and one for gubernatorial candidates on Oct. 15.
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Beverly Lawston invited all to the closing ceremony of Park & Recreation's youth golf camp, which introduced about 100 children this summer to a game they might not otherwise experience. The ceremony is this Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11:30 a.m. at Sunset Hills Golf Course, 800 Radio Road off Oakdale Road.
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Richard Early announced that he would be leaving Charlotte to become president of the Academy of Music of Des Moines, Iowa. "Why Des Moines?" Early quipped. "I'll remind you that's where Barack Obama got his start in this primary campaign.... There will be some future Sammy Stevensons coming out of that program."
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Jackie Edwards Walton left an announcement that United Family Services would hold a free mortgage counseling and foreclosure clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 6-8 p.m., at United Family Services, 601 E. Fifth St. downtown. Advance registration is required by Friday, Aug. 22 at 866-230-0956. Registrants should bring a driver's license or state ID, Social Security card or proof of citizenship, and a copy of a foreclosure statement or mortgage statement. Child care will be available.
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Jackie Kohler sent in an announcement that Bev Perdue, Democratic candidate for N.C. governor, would hold a meet and greet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Democratic Party Headquarters, 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. If you know you will attend, RSVP to jkohler@bevperdue.com.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 26, 2008:

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Pat Schulz, author of "Making Sweet Lemonade," announced that she will have an author discussion and signing in collaboration with United Family Services Saturday at Borders Books, Morrocroft Village Shopping Center near SouthPark, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Twenty percent of proceeds during the two hours will support the Battered Women's Shelter.

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Jackie Edwards Walton announced that United Family Services would hold a free mortgage counseling and foreclosure clinic tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 6-8 p.m., at United Family Services, 601 E. Fifth St. downtown. Participants seeking counseling should bring a driver's license or state ID, Social Security card or proof of citizenship, and a copy of a foreclosure statement or mortgage statement. Child care will be available.

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Ken Koontz thanked those who attended his fund-raising birthday party last Saturday, and said he would continue to accept checks made payable to Johnson C. Smith University or the McCrorey YMCA.

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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of the 2008-2009 Women's Agenda Assembly dinner meeting on Sept. 17 at the Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 N. Tryon St. Registration by Sept. 10. For information about registration: 704-336-3210. The agenda formed at the meeting will be sent to the N.C. General Assembly. Breakout sessions during the meeting will include: Access To Healthcare, Civic Participation, Economic Self-sufficiency, Education and Violence Against Women.

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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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The Forum welcomes all persons to its meetings beginning at 8 a.m. most Tuesdays of the year
at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2222 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC
down the hill from West Charlotte High School.