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Announcements August 2010


ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 3, 2010:
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Joyce Waddell announced that the NAACP Freedom Fund banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr. Tickets are $75. See Waddell for tickets.
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Toni Freeman announced that Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education would repeat its series of workshops on CMS budgeting, beginning Sept. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at a place to be announced later.
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Ken Koontz announced the death of James K. Polk Sr. on Thursday, July 29. Funeral is Friday, Aug. 6 at noon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
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Nancy Carter announced Tuesday's National Night Out.
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Tracy Montross sent in an announcement that the N.C. chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus would hold a conversation Saturday, Aug. 7 titled: "Suffrage to Success: A Woman's Right to Vote to Voting for Women - Women's Voting in the South." Featured is UNCC political science professor Dr. Martha Kropf. Venue is Dilworth Bar & Grill, 911 Morehead St. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. Admission $10; $5 students; fee waived if you join the Caucus on Aug. 7. RSVP tracy_montross@yahoo.com.
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Bobby Drakeford left an announcement that Sarah Coleman, Sarah Stevenson, Anna Hood, Michael Todd, Charlie Dannelly, Julius Chambers, James Ferguson and others will host a fish fry fundraiser for the Harold Cogdell re-election campaign on Friday, Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at an unspecified location. Admission is $25.
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Bobby Drakeford left an announcement that Kay Cunningham, Carlenia Ivory, Carol Lilly and others would hold a Women for Cogdell Fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. Admission is $50.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 10, 2010:
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Sarah Stevenson announced that in about two weeks, Park and Recreation budget cuts will force the West Charlotte Recreation Center to reduce its hours, and that the Forum had been asked to consider moving back the opening of the Forum until 8:30 a.m., from its current time of 8 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. Stevenson said the situation would be discussed again at the Forum next week, on Aug. 17, and a decision would be made at that time.
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Colette Forrest announced a Birthday Fish Fry Fundraiser honoring County Commissioner Harold Cogdell on Friday, Aug. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the New Historic Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd. A $25 donation is requested. Casual attire. Info: Bobby Drakeford, campaign manager, 704-968-3271. Asked from the floor about the use of fish frys as fund-raisers, Forrest said that a fish fry for the Anthony Foxx campaign in 2009 raised $10,000.
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Levester Flowers announced an organizational meeting for Save Our Schools, an effort to resist closure of CMS schools in minority neighborhoods, and its broader mission of supporting incumbent school board members Richard McElrath and Joyce Waddell. The meeting will be Wednesday, Aug 11, from 6:30-7:30 at West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2222 Kendall Drive, down the hill from West Charlotte High School. "Let's help these two people because they truly need our help.  If not, somebody's going to turn this whole thing back 50 years." Info: Flowers at 704-968-3391 or lnf_2000@yahoo.com
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Levester Flowers announced that Robin Bradford had extended a public invitation for friends to join her at her birthday party this Friday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. at the XO Tapas Wine Bar & Grille, 19701 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius, 704-896-9255 and www.xorestaurantandlounge.com.
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Sylvia Grier announced that Minority Contractors would join Johnson C. Smith University to give away bookbags to needy students on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Historic West End Market on West Trade Street at Bruns Avenue, across from the JCSU campus.
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Thomas Moore announced that mezzo-soprano Jamelia Davis, a trained classical opera singer and member of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, would sing a recital on Sept. 19 at a location to be announced later.
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Joel Ford announced a fall campaign kick-off for the Sen. Malcolm Graham re-election campaign this evening, Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. Donation $10 and up.
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Delores Hurt sent in an announcement that the Thomasboro Hoskins Neighborhood Association will host its annual Back-to-School fair on Saturday, Aug. 21. at Thomasboro Church of Christ, 216 Bradford Drive, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. parade to Thomasboro School and end at 2 p.m. Children will receive free book bags and school supplies.  Food will be served. Donations for the fair are solicited. Info: Mrs. Darwin Davis, Coordinator, at 704-340-1255.
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Michael Sexton passed on an announcement of "Gimme Shelter: A rock & roll benefit for the Shelter for Battered Women," featuring the Underground Detour Band, on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 8-11 p.m. at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St. Suite 200. Minimum donation at the door $10. The Panthers' preseason game with the Tennessee Titans will be on the screen. All proceeds benefit United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 17, 2010:
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Forum convener Sarah Stevenson announced this morning that, as of next Tuesday, Aug. 24, and until further notice, the Forum will open each Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. sharp at the West Charlotte Recreation Center. The Forum will continue to close at or before 10 a.m.

The change from 8:00 a.m. is to adjust to staff schedule changes at the Recreation Center following cuts in the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department budget. Park & Rec operates the center where the Forum has met since 2003 at 2401 Kendall Drive, down the hill from West Charlotte High School.

Stevenson also announced that donations over expenses to the coffee pot's Vernon Herron Fund would be donated each month to the Center to support the Centerís mission. She asked that Forum participants be generous.
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Joyce Waddell announced that the NAACP Freedom Fund banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on this Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 J.M. Keynes Dr. Tickets are $75. See Waddell for tickets.
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Levester Flowers announced a second meeting for Save Our Schools, an effort to resist closure of CMS schools in minority neighborhoods, and its broader mission of supporting incumbent school board members Richard McElrath and Joyce Waddell. The meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6 p.m. at West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Drive, down the hill from West Charlotte High School. Info: Flowers at 704-968-3391 or lnf_2000@yahoo.com
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Joyce Waddell announced a Women for Cogdell Fundraiser on this Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. Admission is $50.
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Former Forum participant Ahmad Daniels, who left Charlotte to lead the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Arizona chapter, sent in an announcement that he had "joined the ranks of the unemployed" and asked for financial support to be sent to Ahmad Daniels, 901 E. Van Buren St. Apt 2078, Phoenix, AZ 85006. "These are indeed times that try the souls of men. Yet, hope springs eternal."
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Yvette Stewart sent in an announcement of the Black Political Caucus's Fall Fundraiser Banquet and Dance on Friday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight at the Sheraton Airport, 3315 Scott Futrell Dr., with program at 7 p.m. Attire is semi-formal. Ticket price of $50 covers dinner, DJ and networking opportunities. Info: Yvette Stewart at 919-697-6001 or yvette_stewart1@yahoo.com
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Delores Hurt sent in an announcement that the Thomasboro Hoskins Neighborhood Association will host its annual Back-to-School fair on this Saturday, Aug. 21. at Thomasboro Church of Christ, 216 Bradford Drive, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. parade to Thomasboro School and end at 2 p.m. Children will receive free book bags and school supplies. Food will be served. Donations for the fair are solicited. Info: Mrs. Darwin Davis, Coordinator, at 704-340-1255.
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Michael Sexton passed on an announcement of "Gimme Shelter: A rock & roll benefit for the Shelter for Battered Women," featuring the Underground Detour Band, on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 8-11 p.m. at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St. Suite 200. Minimum donation at the door $10. The Panthers' preseason game with the Tennessee Titans will be on the screen. All proceeds benefit United Family Services' Shelter for Battered Women.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 24, 2010:
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Mary McCray announced a meeting Monday, Aug. 30 to discuss how to advocate that CMS rehire laid-off teachers now using federal appropriation for teacher salaries, rather than holding the money for use next year. The Monday lunch meeting will be at her Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators office, 301 S. McDowell St., Suite 800. Call 704-281-6074 for information and to reserve a lunch.
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Levester Flowers announced that Save Our Schools had secured pledges from 100 adults to mentor children at schools one hour a month each, and was looking for the second 100 volunteers. Info: Flowers at 704-968-3391 or lnf_2000@yahoo.com.
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Ken Simmons announced that the Education Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP was looking for volunteers to work on all 12 of the issues it has identified for monitoring of CMS school quality. To volunteer, contact Simmons.
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Sarah Stevenson announced that Dr. Vernon Herron's sister, Jessie Maye Herron, died Friday, Aug. 20. Her funeral was Wednesday, Aug. 25 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will hold a forum for candidates for Superior and District Court judgeships, on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Auditorium 1 & 2 at the Hal Marshall building, 700 N. Tryon St.
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Nooma Monika Rhue sent in an announcement that Preserve Pro will hold a half-day seminar on preserving digital images, files and audiovisuals on Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Registration fee of $70 covers resources and refreshments. Info and registration: www.preserveproinc.net or 704-995-0731.
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Yvette Stewart sent in an announcement of the Black Political Caucus's Fall Fundraiser Banquet and Dance on Friday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight at the Sheraton Airport, 3315 Scott Futrell Dr., with program at 7 p.m. Attire is semi-formal. Ticket price of $50 covers dinner, DJ and networking opportunities. Info: Yvette Stewart at 919-697-6001 or yvette_stewart1@yahoo.com

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Aug. 31, 2010:
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Deborah Whitfield announced that the Council for Children's Rights will hold two training sessions, the first on school discipline on Friday, Sept. 10 from 9-11 a.m., the second on children with special needs parent training on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 6-8 p.m. Info: www.cfcrights.org.
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Levester Flowers announced that Save Our Schools continues to look for adult volunteers to mentor CMS schoolchildren one hour a month. Info: Flowers at 704-968-3391 or lnf_2000@yahoo.com.
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Beatrice Cox announced that Comprehensive Genealogical Services would hold a conference on planning family reunions on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., to be held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Speakers include Dr. Vernon Herron and Denise Mitchell. Registration information at www.cgsweb.org/conference.html and by flyer at the Sept. 7 Forum.
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Malachi Greene commended Levester Flowers on his recent appearance on WGIV radio.
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Ken Koontz announced a tailgate party, part of the 120th anniversary celebration at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. The tailgate party, including food and entertainment, will be from noon to 3 and possibly beyond in the parking lot. The church website says this site is "a non-alcoholic event," and Koontz added, "The spirits are going to be high, they're going to be odorless, colorless and tasteless, for those of you who are accustomed to tailgates, so we invite you to come."
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Ken Koontz announced that he has available copies of a DVD recording of the recent funeral and related events in honor of the late Jim Polk.
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Vilma Leake announced a Mecklenburg County seminar for small business owners on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 1-2 p.m. on floor 11 of the Government Center. Lunch will be provided.
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Connstance Green-Johnson announced that the Black Political Caucus would hold its Fall Fundraiser Banquet and Dance on Friday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 p.m.-midnight at the Sheraton Airport, 3315 Scott Futrell Dr., with program at 7 p.m. Attire is semi-formal. Tickets are available through Sept. 11; price of $50 per person covers dinner, DJ and networking opportunities. Info: Yvette Stewart at 919-697-6001 or yvette_stewart1@yahoo.com.
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Kamaria Wells announced that the CMS school board meets the second and fourth Tuedays of the month at 6 p.m. at the Government Center.
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Constance Green-Johnson left a message that the Black Political Caucus would hold a candidates forum on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. at Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 1243 West Blvd.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will hold a forum for candidates for Superior and District Court judgeships, on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Auditorium 1 & 2 at the Hal Marshall building, 700 N. Tryon St.
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Nooma Monika Rhue sent in an announcement that Preserve Pro will hold a half-day seminar on preserving digital images, files and audiovisuals on Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Registration fee of $70 covers resources and refreshments. Info and registration: www.preserveproinc.net or 704-995-0731.
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Mary Klenz sent in an announcement of a campaign meet-and greet fund-raiser for N.C. House District 103 candidate Ann Newman on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Don Pedro's, 5317 E. Independence Blvd. at Idlewild Road. Suggested donation $50. RSVP: tracy_montross@yahoo.com.
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Tracy Montross sent in an announcement that Partners in Out-of-School Time would hold two Coffees With the Mayor in Room 267 of the Government Center. Adults in Charlotte-area agencies that serve youth are invited to attend. The first is on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 8-9:30 a.m., on the subject, "What's going on in Charlotte to ensure that all youth graduate ready for work, education, and life?" The second is on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 8-9:30 a.m., on the subject, "What more do we need for a Youth Development Infrastructure in Charlotte?" Both sessions are follow-ups to a July 13 breakfast with Mayor Foxx on creating a overall plan for youth development. Info: khoward@postcarolinas.org or 704-376-1845 extension 802.




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