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Announcements February 2012

Announcements from Feb. 7, 2012

Susan Higgins announced that Mecklenburg County Democratic Women will meet Wednesday, Feb. 8 and monthly on the 2nd Wednesday, at the YWCA, 3420 Park Rd., with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7.

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Andrea Huff thanked Forum participants who helped McCreesh Place attract more than 700 people to a fund-raiser last week, and raise more than $200,000.

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Joseph Robinson announced that the Boys to Men Foundation would sponsor a basketball game between its mentors and its mentorees on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Methodist Home Recreation Center, 3200 Shamrock Dr. Biweeky mentoring sessions are conducted Mondays at Arbor Glen Outreach Center, 1520 Clanton Rd. from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at Thomasboro Elementary, 538 Bradford Dr. Info at their website.

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Beverly Irby announced that the 2nd Annual Rowe "Jack" Motley Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit C.W. Williams Community Health Center will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29 at Birkdale Golf Club, 16500 Birkdale Commons Parkway in Huntersville. For non-golfers there would be a card party. After golf, Dr. Cedric Bright, a physician at Durham VA Medical Center, associate professor of clinical medicine at Duke University Medical Center and president of the National Medical Association, will conduct a seminar on health disparities and the Affordable Care Act. Info: Alethea Ramey by e-mail or 704-393-7720 ext. 1050.

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Zack Hill announced that the Arts & Science Council would hold a free Black History Month seminar with music, dance and the spoken word on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and the three Wednesdays following from 7-10 p.m. at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.

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Carolina Bonilla introduced Clint Grant, coordinator of community education for Anuvia, a substance abuse prevention service provider.

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Sadie Jordan announced that Community Health Interventions and Sickle Cell Agency would hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the Kappa House, 5409 Beatties Ford Rd.

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Blanche Penn announced a Black History program to be held Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, 440 Tuckaseegee Rd., featuring a display of African-Americans' inventions, and talent offerings by young people.

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Ken Koontz invited people to participate in Rudean's Roundtable on the BJ Murphy Show on WGIV from 6-9 a.m. Wednesdays at Rudean's Restaurant, 2228 Beatties Ford Rd. Info: Koontz at 704-804-1308.

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Sarah Stevenson announced that Engaging Women for the Greater Good is supporting philanthropy by women in support of the DNC Host Committee. Info: Sarah Stevenson.

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Sarah Stevenson announced that Rep. Mel Watt's congressional intern program will run from June 4 to Aug. 3, with applications due March 30. Details are here.

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James Mitchell left an announcement of the 10th annual Intelligent Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room 267 of the Government Center, 600 E. 4th St. involving discussion with District 2 City Council member Mitchell on city priorities, public safety, job creation, transportation, housing and the DNC. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by e-mail or at 704-336-4947. A flier is here.

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Vernon Herron left an announcement requesting response by e-mail  or to 704-599-4914 by March 1 from those who would be interested in purchasing for a price to be determined later a coil-bound paper copy of the first 100 blog entries in his blog, HERRON SPEAKS. Blog 92 is here.  A copy of his open letter is here.

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Steve Johnston left this explanation of the unusually large $75.84 purchase on Jan. 24 for the Forum's Coffee Pot Fund: By purchasing online and in bulk, shipping was free, artificial sweetener was 28% off grocery prices and sugar packets were 41% off grocery prices. The purchase should reduce overhead over the long haul and donations in support of the West Charlotte Recreation Center should resume at the end of February. More information on the Herron Coffee Fund is here.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Feb. 14, 2012:

 

Next week at the Forum: A Black History presentation about people not so widely known, performed by students from Brisbane Academy.

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Ken Koontz invited people to participate in Rudean's Roundtable on the BJ Murphy Show on WGIV from 6-9 a.m. Wednesdays at Rudean's Restaurant, 2228 Beatties Ford Rd. Info: Koontz at 704-804-1308.

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Zack Hill announced that the Arts & Science Council would continue its free series of Black History Month seminars with music, dance and the spoken word on Wednesdays from 7-10 p.m. at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.

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Kim Ratliff announced a Black History celebration on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. Guest speaker is N.C. Rep. Alma Adams, D-Greensboro, art professor, art curator and "an awesome speaker."

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Grant Smithson announced that Mecklenburg Senior Democrats would meet on Friday, March 9 at noon at party headquarters, 500 E. Morehead St. Topic is the Affordable Heathcare Act. Speaker is UNCC Professor of Political Science William P. Brandon. "I would like to have Republican seniors come out too because (the act) applies to everybody. Our issues are national issues." Info: Stephen Fairley: 704-892-9648.

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Grant Smithson announced that the Uptown Democratic Forum will meet on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Speaker is N.C. Appeals Court Judge Samuel J. Ervin IV. RSVP by e-mail or 704-506-3056. Cost $10 with boxed lunch from Lowe's Foods.

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Rosa Garvin announced that the African American Caucus of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of the month, with the next meeting being Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at party headquarters, 500 E. Morehead St. "We'd love to see your face in the place."

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Tommy Robinson, who described himself as having been on sabbatical for the last five years, announced that he had some of his artwork showing at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551. S. Tryon St.

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Robin Bradford announced that the Black Political Caucus will meet on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Streets. The first half-hour is a meeting open to all, with a meeting for members following. Raffle tickets are available for $20 per tickets, with the prize being two books of CIAA tickets.

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Robin Bradford announced that Little Rock AME Zion Church will hold its annual free Heritage Weekend on Feb. 25-26 at 7th and McDowell Streets. Saturday's events include an African market promoting economic development, with a range of vendors; at Sunday's 10 a.m. service, N.C. NAACP President the Rev. William Barber will speak. Participants at Sunday's service are encouraged to wear African attire. A soul food feast will follow the service.

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Robin Bradford announced that she is a candidate for N.C. House District 92.

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Rev. Kojo Nantambu announced that the regular monthly meeting of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg chapter of the NAACP would be Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Streets. "We need soldiers; we've got a lot of work to do… Start telling members of your family, your church, your sorority or fraternity, tell people to start getting their IDs together."

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Rodney Moore announced that the N.C. General Assembly would be in session on Thursday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 17. "The speaker has said that there will not be any votes taken; I don't trust him."

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Queen Thompson announced a workshop on human trafficking, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, to be held this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Rd.
Panelists include representatives of the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office.

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Gyasi Foluke announced a campaign to boycott the products of companies owned by the Koch brothers. A flier with a partial list is here.

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Sylvester Fleming announced the location of the website of the African American Caucus of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party.

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Robbie Akhere announced that the Black Women's Caucus will meet Thursday, Feb. 23 at Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, 727 W. Trade St. She said the Caucus is looking for a building to house the Caucus and similar groups.

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Koy Chiu invited Tuesday's panelists and others to participate in on-air interviews broadcast by WGIV, 103.3 FM.

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Pam Jefsen thanked members of the Forum who supported the recent fund-raising lunch benefitting Supportive Housing Communities (McCreesh Place).

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Ledger Morrissette sent in an announcement that Johnson C. Smith University students who participated in sit-ins at Charlotte's downtown lunch counters in 1960 will participate in a panel discussion about Charlotte history from that era at a Community Relations Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 4-6 p.m. on the second floor of the Fellowship Hall at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. A flier is here.

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Mary Klenz sent in an announcement of North Carolina Women Matter, a nonpartisan coalition of mostly nonprofits that aims to "develop and implement a multifaceted plan to both increase the female vote and create an ongoing capacity within these organizations to engage and activate women in the state who recognize the importance of ensuring women's voices are heard. A flier listing details of a March 10 training seminar to be held in Greensboro is here.  Info: Pat Orrange of Women's Forum of North Carolina by e-mail or Erin Byrd of Blueprint North Carolina by e-mail.

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Dianna Davis sent in an announcement of the free 6th annual Black History Walk of Fame to be held at the Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 2-5 p.m. A flier is here. Info: Davis at 704-777-9928.

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Araminta Johnston sent in an announcement that $10 tickets are on sale at the Queens website for the March 14 lecture by Dr. Cornel West. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on the main campus, 1900 Selwyn Ave. on Wednesday, March 14.

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Nooma Monika Rhue sent in an announcement of a Remembering Brooklyn & Biddleville Exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 2-6 p.m. at Kamitic Life Center, 2719 Tuckaseegee Rd. Info: 704-339-0038. A flier is here.

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The Janet Cowell for Treasurer Committee sent in an announcement that the N.C. Treasurer (Forum, Feb. 15, 2011) will appear on ABC's Good Morning America at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 with "some good news for North Carolina schools during the Show Me the Money segment." Her website is here.


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Announcements for Feb. 21, 2012:

 

Blanche Penn announced that the Black History exhibit on African Americans' inventions, now on display at the Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, 440 Tuckaseegee Rd., will be available for public viewing Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

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Blanche Penn announced that the state-champion Silver Fox senior cheerleader squad, the oldest of whose members is 76, performed at Cochrane Collegiate Academy, 6200 Starhaven Drive, to the students' screams and applause. "In other words, we rock!"

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Kim Ratliff announced a Black History Month celebration on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. Guest speaker is N.C. Rep. Dr. Alma Adams, D-Greensboro, art professor, artist and art curator. A reception follows.

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Vilma Leake invited all to meetings of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. "See your government at work."

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Vilma Leake announced that the Rev. William Barber, state president of the NAACP, will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service of Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Streets downtown on Sunday, Feb. 26. Saturday's events include an exhibit of wares related to black history.

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Pat Chapin announced that the League of Women Voters is holding a Social Security Forum on Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the YWCA, 3420 Park Rd. Panelists are Helen Savage, associate state director of the N.C. section of the AARP; Dr. David Swindell, assistant professor public policy at UNCC; and Chris Fitzsimon, director of N.C. Policywatch. A flier is here.

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Vernon Herron announced a need for a house cleaner, four times a month. "If you know someone who wants a nice little house cleaning job, have them to contact me and I will pass the word on."

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Colette Forrest announced that the Carolina Regional Minority Partnership Coalition, attorney James Ferguson, chair and Colette Forrest, co-chair, will hold a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 12:30 p.m. at the Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter law office, 741 Kenilworth Ave., to argue for goals for the Democratic National Convention "so we ensure that we can track and monitor that African Americans are getting contracts." A flier is here.

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Ben Thalheimer announced his candidacy for the District Court seat held by John Totten. With four candidates (Totten, Thalheimer, David Strickland and Kary Church Watson; filing closes Feb. 29) there will be a May primary and a November election.

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Grant Smithson announced that Mecklenburg Senior Democrats would meet on Friday, March 9 at noon at party headquarters, 500 E. Morehead St. Topic is the Affordable Heathcare Act. Speaker is UNCC Professor of Political Science William P. Brandon. Info: Stephen Fairley: 704-892-9648.

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Tommy Robinson announced that some of his artwork is on exhibit at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St.

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Sarah Stevenson invited all to join Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 30001 Beatties Ford Road at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, for a soul food lunch. Speakers include the Rev. Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown. "Let me know if you're coming so I can get the ladies to cook more pigs' feet."

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Araminta Johnston sent in an announcement that $10 tickets are on sale at the Queens website http://www.queens.edu/News-and-Events/Dr-Cornel-West.html for the March 14 lecture by Dr. Cornel West. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium on the main campus, 1900 Selwyn Ave. on Wednesday, March 14.

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Brennan Shearer, a junior in the Queens Honors Program, sent in a request to interview those who were involved as students, teachers or administrators during the years of desegregation of Charlotte's public school system, say, from 1957 through 1974-5. Reach Shearer by e-mail or phone at 615-243-6213.

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Colette Forrest sent in a schedule of CIAA Week events at the Excelsior Club: Tuesday, Feb. 28, tournament kick-off party, $10 all night; Wednesday, Alumni Night, $15 all night; Thursday, Dirty 30 Thursday, $25 all night; Friday, Day party 11 a.m-5 p.m., $15; night party, $25; Saturday day party $15 and night party $25 all night. A video form of the announcement is here. The full CIAA Schedule is here

 

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Announcements from Feb. 28, 2012:

 

Zack Hill announced that the Arts & Science Council is continuing to hold Black History Month seminars, on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.; and on March 7 at Little Rock AME Zion Church at 7th and McDowell Streets. He recommended seeing the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre production of David Mamet's "Race. The Observer story is here. More details here. And he announced a computer class for seniors this Saturday, March 3, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road.

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Beverly Irby announced that a few slots remained for the 2nd Annual Rowe "Jack" Motley Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit C.W. Williams Community Health Center, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 29 at Birkdale Golf Club, 16500 Birkdale Commons Parkway in Huntersville. Info: Alethea Ramey at 704-393-7720 ext. 1050.

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Grant Smithson announced that he is running for District Court Judge (District 26, Jena Culler seat). "I am running not only against an opponent but a lot of money generated by lawyers and I hope to have your support."

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Ben Thalheimer announced that he is running for District Court Judge (District 26, John Totten seat). "People do not know district court. They do not know the people. So a word from you goes greatly. Spread the word."

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Robin Bradford announced that she is a candidate for N.C. House District 92 and that her husband Keith Bradford is running for District 1 Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

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Kim Ratliff announced that she is a candidate for Mecklenburg County Commissioners at-large. Her website is here.

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Nancy Carter announced that the Soil & Water Conservation District is selling dogwood, redbud and pine trees for $1.80 each at the Hal Marshall Center, 700 N. Tryon St., on Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. until they sell out.

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Nancy Carter announced that Thomas Moore would assist Smart Start with its Teddy Bear Breakfast fund-raiser on April 21 from 9-11 a.m. at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd. Tickets are $35 for a family of four. Proceeds support Smart Start child care subsidies. Flier is here.

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Trevor Fuller, law partner of City Council member Michael Barnes, announced that he is running for Mecklenburg County Commissioner at-large. His website is here.

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Laura McClettie announced that Judge Glenda Hatchett of the syndicated TV show Judge Hatchett will appear on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd., in a program titled "Dare to take charge" for parents and children.

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Rodney Moore announced that he had filed for re-election in N.C. House District 99.

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Mike Raible announced that the CMS schedule for hiring a superintendent includes public input in April and a decision in May.

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Brennan Shearer, a junior in the Queens Honors Program, sent in a request to interview those who were involved as students, teachers or administrators during the years of desegregation of Charlotte's public school system, say, from 1957 through 1974-5. Reach Shearer by e-mail or phone 615-243-6213.

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Colette Forrest sent in a schedule of CIAA Week events at the Excelsior Club: Tuesday, Feb. 28, tournament kick-off party, $10 all night; Wednesday, Alumni Night, $15 all night; Thursday, Dirty 30 Thursday, $25 all night; Friday, Day party 11 a.m-5 p.m., $15; night party, $25; Saturday day party $15 and night party $25 all night. A video form of the announcement is here. The full CIAA Schedule is here.

 

 

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