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Announcements November 2009

The Forum will not meet on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, because
the West Charlotte Recreation Center is used as a polling place.


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Announcements from Nov. 10, 2009:
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Ken Koontz announced that, continuing an annual tradition, he was selling Christmas ornaments and wrapping paper "for pennies on the dollar."
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Maddy Baer announced that The Cypress String Quartet would perform this Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. at Dana Auditorium on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Ave. Tickets are $15, with students free. Baer said drivers of underage students would also be admitted free.
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Gwen Forney said Bright Hopes is accepting $7 donations to purchase books for children at Billingsville Elementary. "This book, 'No Is Not A Bad Word," encourages students to go to bed on time." Other proceeds from the fund-raising will finance trips to Zuma Fun Center (formerly Celebration Station) for students with perfect attendance and a pizza party for children with attendance issues who cut their absences by 50%.
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District 2 County Commissioner Vilma Leake announced that commissioners would meet today on policy and budget sessions, then next week for its regular meeting. She encouraged people to attend tonight's meeting on student assignment. She appealed for support for her habit of calling attention to consent items on the commissioners agenda, which she called "the most important items that the board votes on. If you vote on them as a package, you don't know what they are."
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Thomas Moore announced that rehearsals for this year's choir presentation at the communitywide interfaith Thanksgiving service would begin Sunday, Nov. 22. The service is Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel. Rehearsals, also at Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Rd., are Sunday evening, Nov. 22 from 6:30-9 p.m., Monday evening, 6:30-9 p.m. an Tuesday from 6-6:50 p.m. Those who cannot make all rehearsals are still welcome, but advise ahead of time of expected absences. Questions: Pam Jefsen at 704-347-8230; Dr. Moore at 704-491-4317. More info is at the Mecklenburg Ministries website, www.meckmin.org.
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Tahira Stalberte sent in an announcement that West Charlotte High School needs volunteers for its Senior Graduation Project Review Boards on Dec. 10, from 12:30-5 p.m. Volunteers will be trained on how to judge to projects. If you can volunteer, please fill out this form. For more information, contact Tahira Stalberte at 980-344-0160 or tahira.stalberte@cms.k12.nc.us.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council would march at The Square uptown on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 12:15 p.m. in response to shooting death of Tigist Yemane, 23 of north Charlotte. Information: Sexton at 704-432-1568 (office) 704-900-9346 (cell).
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Dr. Vernon M. Herron sent in an announcement that he has begun blogging at http://herronspeaks.blogspot.com


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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Nov. 17, 2009:
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Sylvia Grier announced that Genesis Project Family Wellness Center will take Toys for Tots registrations on the following weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Monday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 25; then Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 11. Registrants must be aged 1 year to 15. Parents should have a birth certificate and Social Security card for each child registered. A phone number for messages must also be provided. Those already registered with any other agency should not re-register. Applicants should come to 5736 N. Tryon St., Suite 203. Toys for this program are donated on behalf of the U.S. Marines. Further info: 704-596-0505.
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Nancy Carter announced three upcoming meetings on the streetcar: today, Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 267 of the Government Center; Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd., and Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4012 Central Ave. "We have an issue that can bring us together and make us great."
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Rodney Moore announced that the nonprofit NACA, Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, would bring its Save the Dream Tour to Charlotte Dec. 3-7 to counsel homeowners at risk of losing their homes over mortgage issues. To sign up to participate go to the NACA site at
https://www.naca.com/members/keepInform.jsp?formType=campaign&campaignID=NC&campaignTitle=Charlotte,%20NC.
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Rodney Moore offered congratulations to the revived Charlotte chapter of the NAACP for a "wonderful meeting" Monday night attended by 100 or more people.
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Gyasi Foluke announced his return from Columbia, and that he would revive the Kushite Institute. For those interested in the ancient African heritage, call Foluke at 704-391-5582. He mentioned a new slogan, "From ego to we go."
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Sarah Stevenson announced that the Forum's annual Christmas Party would be held Tuesday, Dec. 22 at a location to be announced.
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Sarah Stevenson announced that she would have surgery on her second knee next week and that Jackie Edwards Walton, Deacon Jones and Natheley McElrath had agreed to take collective leadership of the Forum in her absence. "I ask you all to treat them well," said Stevenson. "If you do not, I will know it and I'll get you when I get back! Pray for me that I come back much stronger and walking better, and I thank all of you for your support. I love you all. God bless."
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Thomas Moore announced that rehearsals for this year's choir presentation at the communitywide interfaith Thanksgiving service would begin Sunday, Nov. 22. The service is Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Temple Israel. Rehearsals, also at Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Rd., are Sunday evening, Nov. 22 from 6:30-9 p.m., Monday evening, 6:30-9 p.m. an Tuesday from 6-6:50 p.m. Those who cannot make all rehearsals are still welcome, but advise ahead of time of expected absences. Questions: Pam Jefsen at 704-347-8230; Dr. Moore at 704-491-4317. More info is at the Mecklenburg Ministries website, www.meckmin.org.
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Cathy Sheafor announced that the Charlotte Community School for Girls had launched a fund-raising effort called "Dollars for Dreams" at www.charlottecommunityschool.org. She said she could provide business owners canisters for collection of donations.
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Paul Holmes announced that he had bus tickets for transit-dependent Charlotteans to attend the Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, Nov. 27 sponsored by Harris-Teeter at the Charlotte Convention Center.
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Lucy Bush Carter announced that Friendship Trays received a $10,000 donation from the Creflo Dollar Ministries during last Friday's Change Experience Convention. More information at www.friendshiptrays.org.
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Ken Koontz announce he is selling Christmas ornaments and paper at prices ranging from 50 cents to $4.00.
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Sarah Stevenson announced the death on Sunday of Michael Washington, 57, an activist in the Washington Heights neighborhood and choir director at Northwest School of the Arts. Long & Son is in charge.
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Cathy Sheafor, who addressed the Forum Nov. 10, sent in the following:
"Thank you so much for your willingness to allow me to share Charlotte Community School for Girls with the Forum and its members. As I shared, for years, I have conceptualized a middle school where girls from low-income families are challenged to dream, to plan, and to transform goals into realities. I have imagined a school where learning is fun,
stimulating, and challenging. I have envisioned girls' metamorphoses to young women who appreciate the power of the individual to impact her family, community, city, state, nation and world. I have dreamed of Charlotte Community School for Girls.
"I am eager to find opportunities for community partnerships in all areas. If you have contacts, ideas, etc., please contact me. I would love to share more about the school or learn more from you. Charlotte Community School for Girls will create community, finding a wide variety of business and non-profit partnerships that will bring opportunity to our scholars. We will look to local organizations to find mentoring and tutoring for our scholars in the extended school day. We will expose our scholars to all of the benefits of Charlotte in the areas of music, art, and culture and we will form community partnerships to make this all possible.
"I look forward to hearing from you. Warm regards, Cathy Sheafor, Founder, Charlotte Community School for Girls, PO Box 32305, Charlotte NC 28232 704-439-6740 cathy@charlottecommunityschool.org http://www.charlottecommunityschool.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/chrlttsch4girls Facebook http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114391656775&ref=ts

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Nov. 24, 2009:
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Rodney Moore announced that the nonprofit NACA, Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, would bring its Save the Dream Tour to Charlotte Dec. 3-7 to counsel homeowners at risk of losing their homes over mortgage issues. To sign up to participate, go to the NACA site at https://www.naca.com/members/keepInform.jsp?formType=campaign&campaignID=NC&campaignTitle=Charlotte,%20NC. Walk-ins will be accepted, but will require a longer wait, he said.
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Judge Linwood Foust announced that the Black Elected Officials organization will hold its Christmas social on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Oasis Temple, 604 Daniel Burnham Way near UNCC. Cost is $25 and proceeds go to two charities, one being the Drug Court. For information and tickets: see black elected officials.
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Steve Johnston announced that the Recreation Center's wireless Internet access equipment was operational and that people interested in Internet access during Forum meetings should see him for the password. He said he had already used it to upload coverage of today's Forum to the Forum's website, www.tueforumclt.org.
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After a discussion initiated by Jackie Edwards Walton, the Forum agreed that, to ensure that Sarah Stevenson would be able to attend after recuperation from knee surgery, the Forum would move its holiday party to Dec. 29 or thereafter and to cancel the Dec. 22 Forum.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement of the fifth annual Domestic Violence Memorial Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, 601 E. Trade St., to "commemorate 63 lives lost to domestic violence this year in North Carolina."
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Michael Sexton passed on a request for volunteers for the Domestic Violence Healthcare Project. Training sessions are in January and February. Volunteers make a one-year commitment and are on-call for 12-hour shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Volunteers must be able to arrive at Carolinas Medical Center within 30 minutes of being called. Information: 704-446-3999.
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Michael Sexton sent along an invitation to a Pillow Toss Party to benefit the Shelter for Battered Women, A Child's Place and Turning Point on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Chantilly Corner Studios, 2644 Shenandoah Ave. RSVP Mark Sprinkle, keel4u2@yahoo.com or 704-376-0215. $2 donation enters you in a drawing to win a free featherbed. Twenty percent of sales during the event go to the named agencies.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the next Domestic Violence Lunch & Learn session, titled "What is Victim Assistance and How Can They Help?" would feature presenters Pat Kelly, Kat Wargo and Sheila Passenant on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St. Information: 704-432-1568.


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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.