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Announcements March 2013

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 5, 2013:
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Ken Koontz announced that he has $10 DVDs available of two inaugural compilations. Included are great speeches and other video records of the 2008 campaign, 2009 Obama inaugural, 2012 campaign and 2013 Obama inaugural.

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Jackie Edwards Walton announced that Faith CME Church continues to host free GED classes at 457 Wellingford St. off North Tryon Street near Sugar Creek Road in the Hidden Valley area on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: William Royster at 704-596-6517 or 704-597-8249 or by e-mail. Maurice Jones recommended the program after sending two students to the program. J.R. Black said his company's clients are participating.

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Beverly Irby announced that federal sequester cuts would soon affect C.W. Williams Community Health Center, WIC, housing, and programs for the homeless. "This is serious and it's going to ripple throughout the community…. I beg you to write (elected representatives) and share your outrage about this."

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Geneal Gregory announced that the great-granddaughter of Frederick Douglass would be at the Varick Renaissance Center on March 23.

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Denada Jackson announced that Project L.I.F.T. has about 200 computers still available for $150 purchase by families with children in any Project L.I.F.T. schools. The computer includes free Internet access for a year. Info: Andrea Gillus-Jackson at 980-355-2884. A brochure on the computer purchase program is here.

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Carlenia Ivory left an announcement that Oaklawn Language Academy would hold a school grounds Beautification Day on Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the school, 1810 Oaklawn Ave. Neighborhood participants will be interviewed about their connections to the school, with those stories becoming part of a commemorative wall being planned for the school's entrance.

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Geneal Gregory brought in a flier from the Feb. 9 Poor People's March for Economic Justice in Raleigh (pictures here); an NAACP flier summarizing initial actions by the 2013 General Assembly and an autographed photo of the late Rosa Parks.

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Carolyn Pitts and Cynthia Harris of the Varick Renaissance Center brought along a one-page overview of the center, a one-page brochure, and a coupon for the Thursday, March 7 Breakfast Buffet at the center at 3165 Zion's Renaissance Lane in Derita.

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Sarah Simons sent in an announcement of openings for children age 4-12 at Scholars Enrichment Summer Camp. The fee is $90 per child, which covers cost of field trips, hot breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. A one-time registration fee of $50 covers T-shirts, backpack, choice of cap or sunvisor, and water bottle. Info by e-mail or 704-615-8664.

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Carolyn Dyma sent in a link  to the Beatties Ford Road Regional Library's March calendar of events.

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Sen. Kay Hagan sent in an announcement about the federal sequestration program, focusing on its impact on N.C. military bases. Further details were in her Fayetteville Observer  column and a short clip on a WSOC newscast.

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Sen. Kay Hagan sent in an announcement that she would participate in the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama March 1-3 "to commemorate some of the most pivotal moments in our country's civil rights movement…. As a Senator from North Carolina, I am fortunate to have many opportunities to pay tribute to our state's rich civil rights history, and now I am truly honored to co-lead this year's Pilgrimage alongside an American hero, Congressman John Lewis."

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Glenn Burkins sent in a link for a $15 price break on ticket purchases for the Creole Choir of Cuba, scheduled to perform at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square on Friday, March 8. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, March 6.

 

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Announcements from March 12, 2013:

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Malachi Greene rose to thank people for their support during his recent illness. A video of his remarks is here.

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Phyllis Handford announced that StudentFirst Academy was one of 23 charter schools approved last week by the N.C. State Board of Education. Handford said she would distribute enrollment information cards next week. She described her charter's mission as "to create an academic wonderland that will definitely help our kids to achieve."

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Zack Hill announced that donations are being sought to procure additional $150 computers for families in Project L.I.F.T. schools.

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Zack Hill announced a local staging of a one-woman play about the life of Madame C.J. Walker. More details next week

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Robert Hillman announced after the meeting the Taste of the Nation event on April 17 at the Wells Fargo Atrium at 301 S. Tryon St. from 7-10 p.m. The annual event raises money for hunger-fighting organizations. More info here.

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Toni Tupponce announced that A Sign of the Times would hold its 13th annual black history production on March 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. After Monday, tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors and $15 for youth. Early discounts are here. A postcard reminder is here.

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Delores Hurt sent in a message that a Charlottean who was a part of the NASA astronaut corps, Joan Higginbotham, will be among the five women inducted into the Women's History Hall of Fame on Friday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Other inductees are former N.C. House member Martha B. Alexander, Echo Foundation Founder Stephanie Ansaldo, Police Major LaFreda Lester, and community leader Jeanette Price. Advance tickets are $15. Info: Annie Gillespie at 704-454-5292.

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Malachi Greene sent in a link to a New Republic article  headlined, "Barak Obama is Not Pleased: The president on his enemies, the media, and the future of football." Greene wrote: "You may know that I've been mildly incapacitated for the past few months. Take this email and its forward from The New Republic to be a harbinger that I'm almost as hardheaded as ever!!!"

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Sen. Kay Hagen wrote about her experience on the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage held March 1-3 in Alabama. An excerpt: "Perhaps the most moving moment of the trip occurred in Montgomery. Kevin Murphy, the current police chief of Montgomery, gave Congressman John Lewis a personal apology on behalf of the Montgomery Police Department for their failure to protect the Freedom Riders in 1961. As we all shed tears, Murphy actually took his badge off and gave it to Congressman Lewis. He shared how he now teaches his officers about the department's failure on that day, so that they better understand their responsibilities as officers of the law. This unscripted moment honoring American hero and Civil Rights icon John Lewis served as an emotional reminder to me of the oath I took to protect and serve the people of North Carolina." The full text of her message is here.

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Blanche Penn sent greetings from London, where she is studying Shakespeare. Penn can be reached by e-mail.

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Geri Crooks sent in an announcement of a free wine tasting and silent-and-live-auction fundraiser at the 201 Central in the Shops at Eastfield Road, 13108 Eastfield Road in Huntersville, from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 to benefit technology upgrades at Brisbane Academy. A flier is here. A postcard is here. Info by e-mail or 704-598-5208.

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Dianna Davis sent in an announcement that "The 1st Annual Charlotte African American Festival was a HUGE success and plans are already on the way for next year's event. The committee would like to extend our gratitude to everyone that supported this event. Sarah Stevenson was a Community Award winner. Highlights of the festival will be aired on various Time Warner Channels and showtimes and highlights will be posted on the Festival's website. DVD will also be available."

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 19, 2013:

 

Bobbi Jo Cloud, in connection with Tuesday's presentation on the community's mental health System of Care, announced that upcoming workshops for MeckCares Training Institute (MCTI) mental health education in the System of Care are listed the Charlotte Area Health Education Center website.

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Dr. Trasha Black announced that the System of Care Collaborative meets at noon on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Child and Family Services Building, 3rd floor conference room, 601 E. 5th St.

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Ken Koontz announced that he has available $10 DVDs, one on the great speeches of the 2012 presidential campaign, the other of the 2009 and 2013 inaugurations of Barack H. Obama.

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Sam Evans announced that StudentFirst Academy, a K-8 charter school opening this August, would hold a community meeting on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m.-noon at the school, 7020 Tuckaseegee Rd., for all interested in the school.

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Sam Evans announced an all-male youth empowerment summit at Imaginon on Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Summit is free but limited to the first 100 boys who register for goal setting, team activities, S.T.E.M. enrichment, a panel discussion and more. Flier is here. More info here or by e-mail.

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Blanche Penn announced that the Silver Fox cheerleaders will be in competition Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Levine Senior Center.

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Blanche Penn announced that, with adjoining Bruns Avenue Academy being a year-round school, the Pruitt Rec Center would stage presentations on the Bahamas and on London. Dates to be announced later.

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Brandi Williams announced a Project L.I.F.T. parent engagement tech club. A flier is here.

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Jackie Edwards Walton announced that City Council member James Mitchell's Intelligent Leadership Conference will be Saturday, March 23 at the Government Center. Contact person is Alban Burney at 704-336-4947 or by e-mail.

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Zack Hill announced upcoming jazz events: March 29-30 at 7 p.m. at West Charlotte High with A Sign of the Times and the James Brown Band; April 6, An Evening with FourPlay and an opening performance by guitarist Marc Antoine (website says it's a sellout); and April 19, an evening with Joe Sample at 8 p.m. at the Halton Theater.

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Leah Hill sent in a request that streetcar proponents attend the City Council's Budget Workshop on Wednesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at the Government Center, 600 E. 4th Street, Room 267. Free parking is available in the Government Center Parking Deck at 3rd and Davidson. Background on the Capital Improvement Plan is here.

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David Howard sent along his March newsletter, which is here.

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Colette Forrest sent along an announcement that N.C. Sen. Joel Ford had filed a bill to ensure that "no registered, legal voters can be turned away from their polling place due to a lack of identification." After the announcements were published, Sen. Joel Ford sent along a summary of the bill, to which is now attached the text of version 1 of the bill.

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Michael Sexton sent along an announcement of a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 6, sponsored by Safe Alliance, the former United Family Services. Beginning location is Children and Family Services Center lobby, 601 E. 5th St. Registration at 10; walk begins 10:30 a.m.; reception at noon. Pre-registration and questions by e-mail or 704-367-2735. Flier is here.

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Dianna Davis sent in an announcement that nonprofit organizations may contact Dianna Davis by e-mail for an opportunity to have a free feature on NC Film Factory television shows.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 26, 2013:

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During Tuesday's presentations, CMS Board Chair Mary McCray discussed a three-page compilation of education legislation pending in the N.C. General Assembly. CMS Chief Communications Officer Kathryn Block offered a list of upcoming meetings and initiatives under way, and a second list of meeting reminders.

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Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon announced a city response to what he termed incorrect and misleading statements in the media about aspects of the controversy over transferring the city-run airport to a regional authority appointed by the state. The material is here, along with a copy of a letter from the State Treasurer's office regarding the proposal's possible impact on North Carolina's bond rating.

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Paul Holmes announced opposition to a concrete median that would a barrier to funeral processions, business clients and residents along a portion of Beatties Ford Road that the city is widening. A flier is here.

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Pam Grundy announced a petition on the Mecklenburg Acts website that urges N.C. legislators to suspend planned new tests and to stop using annual tests in the decisions on "student promotion, teacher pay and the A-F grading of schools." The text of the petition is here. A flier is here.

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Brandi Williams announced that the Hip Hop Caucus would hold an event April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urban League building, 740 W. 5th St.

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Ken Simmons announced concerns about the curricular content of the year-round program planned by Project L.I.F.T. schools in the West Charlotte High feeder area. "Take a look at what they're proposing. It's sad."

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Sarah Stevenson announced that she will participate in a trip to South Africa, returning April 7, and asked for prayers.

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Joel Ford sent in a summary of a bill he is sponsoring to ensure that "no registered, legal voters can be turned away from their polling place due to a lack of identification." The summary is here.

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Valaida Fullwood sent in material posted here about the presentation given by Fullwood and Charles Thomas at TEDx Talk about their book project "Giving Back."

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Robert Dawkins sent in an announcement that he is seeking public presence at the April 1 City Council Citizens Forum at 7:30 p.m. in Room 267 of the Government Center in support of revision of rules governing the scope and powers of the Citizens Review Board that deals with allegations of police misconduct.

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Michael Sexton sent along an announcement of a Crime Victims Coalition Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, 727 W. Trade St. Speaker is FBI Special Agent David M. Dawson. Lunch is $10. RSVP to Al McLemore by e-mail or 704-666-3077.

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State Treasurer Janet Cowell sent in a 100-day review of accomplishments of her office since her second swearing-in on Jan. 12. The text is here.

 

 

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