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Announcements May 2013

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from May 7, 2013:
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LaWana Mayfield announced a fundraiser for her Charlotte City Council re-election campaign on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S. Summit Ave. Suggested donation is $50. Flier is here.

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Blanche Penn left an announcement that Charlotte Choice Charter would hold a community forum on May 18 from 10 a.m.-noon at 1000 Anderson St., the old Plaza Road Preschool. Her note says, "Go on line to Eventbrite. Search Charlotte Choice Charter to get your ticket."

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Maurice Jones announced after the meeting that Entrepreneur High School, a public charter listed in Raleigh as seeking to open in the 2014-15 school year for grades 9 and up, is seeking a 30,000-square-foot leased space. Send leads to Jones at 704-458-4416 or via e-mail. The charter application, filed by longtime CMS educator Dr. Hans Plotseneder and listing Jones as a board member, is here.

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Felisha Fletcher sent in an announcement of a Charlotte Chamber event titled "From Sit-ins to Eat-ins: Charlotte Business and the Civil Rights Movement" on Wednesday, May 8 from 8-10 a.m. Reservations by e-mail. A flier with more details is here.

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Patrick Cannon sent in a City Council Update. The text is here.

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Joel Ford sent in a copy of his most recent Legislative News newsletter. The content is here.

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Carolyn Dyma sent in the May edition of the Beatties Ford Road Library calendar, which is here.

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Michael Sexton passed along an invitation to a Women's Health Awareness Fair: Mother's Day Edition sponsored by Integrity Fitness, to be held Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Church of Christ Northside, 4435 E. WT Harris Blvd. "Come prepared for a light workout." Flier is here.

 

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Announcements from May 14, 2013:

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Sheila Peltzer announced that she'd like supporters of shared parenting bills now before the General Assembly to call legislators asking them to approve the bills in one house by Thursday so the bills do not die for this legislative session. "Ask these representatives to urge Rep. Stevens to hear House Bill 590 (Rebuttable Presumption/ Shared Parenting) by this Thursday: Speaker Tillis (919-733-5828); Rep. Samuelson (919-715-3009); Rep. Schaffer (919-733-5886). Ask these senators to urge Sen. Allran to hear Senate Bill 610 (Presumed Shared Parenting) by this Thursday: Sen. Berger (919-733-5708); Sen. Clodfelter (919-715-8331); Sen. Bryant (919-733-5878); Sen. Daniel (919-715-7823); Sen. Randleman (919-733-5935). We've been told to be the "squeaky wheel" & call everyone Tuesday AND Wednesday! It should take about 15 minutes. Forward this to 3 others. Thanks!"

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With tongue planted possibly firmly in cheek, Ken Koontz announced that he would be filing for election for "mayor, city council at-large, district – and now county commission."

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Pamela Grundy sent in the schedule of events for the "Sit-ins to Eat-ins" project marking the 50th anniversary of the historic May 1963 desegregation of Charlotte’s leading restaurants, a year before the 1964 Civil Rights Act required such desegregation. A history of those years, prepared by Tom Hanchett, is here. Events include:

Sunday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.: History Makers panel discussion. 1963 participants & historians share their stories. Organized by Levine Museum of the New South at First United Presbyterian Church, 201 E. 7th St. Free; no RSVP required. Info: 704-577-5103.

Monday, May 20, 10:30 a.m.: March from Johnson C. Smith University to County Courthouse reenacting May 20, 1963 march led by Dr. Reginald Hawkins demanding desegregation. Free; no RSVP required. Info: 704-577-5103.

Monday, May 20, 11:30 a.m.: Annual Noon Commemoration of Mecklenburg Declaration in uptown including cannons, reading of declaration, and a celebration of Mecklenburg County’s 250th anniversary. FREE; no RSVP required.

Monday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater in Spirit Square: The May 20th Society 8th Annual Speaker Series featuring Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, author of Warmth of Other Suns, who will connect her research on 20th Century African American history with Charlotte’s 1963 history. Free. Flier is here.

Wednesday May 29 – Thursday May 30: Eat-in across Charlotte! Just like Charlotte history-makers did in 1963, call up someone different from yourself – race, religion, politics, neighborhood – and enjoy a meal and conversation together. Info: 704-565-5455 or here.

Thursday, May 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: “From Sit-ins to Eat-ins” Community Event hosted by Mecklenburg Ministries’ “Friday Friends” at Levine Museum. Music and munchies set the mood on 1963. Reflect on Charlotte’s 1963 history and ways to build bridges today.

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Nikiya Cohen sent in an invitation from the Little Rock AME Zion Church Cultural Arts Ministry to Celebrate the 1950s & 1960s through History, Song & Dance on Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Little Rock Community Development Center at McDowell and 7th Streets. A flier is here. [Sponsors announced on May 15 a new date; the May 14 announcements as e-mailed listed the date as May 17.]

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Rodney Moore sent in his May 13 Raleigh Report. A PDF of the e-mail is here.

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Colette Forrest sent in an invitation to a re-election fund-raiser for City Council member LaWana Mayfield on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S. Summit Ave. Suggested donation is $50. Details are here.

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The Black Political Caucus extended an invitation to its May meeting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at its headquarters, 1326 Prince Hall Ave.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from May 21, 2013:

 

Sarah Stevenson announced that CMS Supt. Heath Morrison would be the speaker at the May 28 Forum.

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Beverly Irby announced that community health care groups like C.W. Williams Community Health Center will be able to apply for federal grant money to support volunteer-based patient education in 2014 on applying for private health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act's health exchange program. For info or to volunteer: Irby at 704-393-7720.

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Carlenia Ivory urged people to attend the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on May 30 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, when CMS presents its budget request.

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Paul Holmes announced that property owners continue to press their objections to a concrete median on a portion of Beatties Ford Road being rebuilt. A flier is here.

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Ken Koontz announced that InnerVision, a mental health and substance abuse services provider, offers free services from its 415 E. 4th St. location. A flier is here.

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Ken Koontz announced that there would be a hearing in Superior Court on Thursday, May 23 at 2:30 p.m. on a lawsuit claiming that the City of Charlotte's private negotiating sessions with the Carolina Panthers were a violation of a 1960s permanent court injunction.

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Gyasi Foluke passed out copies of a flier about his June 1 conference in Greensboro at Genesis Baptist Church, 2812 Bessemer Ave. at 4 p.m. A flier is here.

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Ken Simmons announced that retired educators will sponsor Camp Greenville at Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church in Hidden Valley from July 7 through early August. The camp will focus on literacy skills, math and character development. Fee is $25 per week, with weekday sessions running 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: see Simmons.

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Tiffany Graham, in connection with a presentation on the June 27 Gantt Symposium featuring Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., passed out copies of a flier about exhibitions and upcoming events. A copy is here.

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Rodney Moore sent in his May 21 Raleigh Report. A PDF copy is here.

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Sarah Stevenson announced that Frances Hamlin's church, Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist, had compiled a list of bills under consideration in the N.C. General Assembly. A PDF of the bill synopsis as of May 1 is here.  She said Mayfield is organizing bus trips to Raleigh on Mondays to support the NAACP's "Moral Mondays" protests.

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Thelma Byers-Bailey announced that she is a candidate in November for the CMS school board District 2 seat.

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Dianna Davis announced that the 2014 Charlotte African-American Festival will be held at the Grady Cole Center. Volunteers will be needed for the Feb. 22-23 event.

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David Howard asked that people remember Anthony Foxx in their prayers as he testifies Wednesday in Washington on his nomination to be Secretary of Transportation.

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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Concord Mills cinema handling the showing of "Not Today" is requiring that 400 $10 tickets be purchased this week, in advance of the showings May 31-June 6. The movie is about human trafficking. Purchase tickets at the box office 888-262-4386. Groups of 35 or more call 704-979-0200 for discounted rate of $7.50. More on the project is here.

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Corey Graham sent in an invitation to New Leaders' End of Year Celebration on Tuesday, June 11 from 5-7 p.m. at Foundation For The Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon St. A flier is here.

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Kerry Miller sent in an announcement that the Charlotte Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. will present "An Entrepreneurship Forum & Showcase" on Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at 5690 Harrisburg Industrial Park Dr., Harrisburg, behind Rhema Covenant Worship Center. This us a networking event and there will be a panel of speakers. To register to set up a table at no charge, contact Kerry Miller at 980-253-4129 or by e-mail kerrysam@att.net. A flier is here.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from May 28, 2013:

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Lathan Wood announced that the West Charlotte Gospel Choir would be in concert on Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. in the West Charlotte High School auditorium, 2219 Senior Drive. A flier is here.

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Darryl Bego announced that Youth Development Initiatives' LIFT Academy is seeking to place its youth in summer positions in area businesses, with the teens paid by YDI. For information, contact Bego at 704-562-3806 or via e-mail.

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Louise Woods announced that City Council votes on Tuesday evening, May 28 on extension of the City Lynx Gold Line (streetcar), the east-west link to the north-south light rail line. "It is by not means assured that the City Council will go for it."

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Joel Ford announced that he had copies of a staff summary of the status of legislation in the N.C. General Assembly. A copy is here.

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Ken Koontz announced that InnerVision, a mental health and substance abuse services provider, offers free services from its 415 E. 4th St. location. A flier is here.

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Marc Friedland announced that the Democratic Party needs assistance from those living in unorganized precincts, to help with organization.

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Gyasi Foluke passed out copies of a flier about his free June 1 conference in Greensboro at Genesis Baptist Church, 2812 Bessemer Ave. at 5 p.m. "We'll be doing something there to lay out a master plan for our community to take charge of its own affairs, in many ways we are not doing now." A flier is here.

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Carlenia Ivory urged citizens to attend the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on this Thursday, May 30 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Government Center, when commissioners are scheduled to vote on the CMS budget request. "We need to be down there in large numbers," added Sarah Stevenson. "We need to let them know that if they are not receptive, you know, there will be consequences, OK?"

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Rodney Moore sent in a copy of his May 27 Raleigh Report.

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Mel Watt sent in an announcement that federal grants are available to community groups willing to be "navigators" for people enrolling for health insurance through health exchanges. Application deadline is June 7. The announcement is here.

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The League of Women Voters sent in a reminder of its 2013 Annual Meeting & Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. Details here.

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Wilhelmenia Rembert sent in an invitation to a Vi Alexander Lyles for City Council At-Large fund-raiser at the Smith House, 2708 Chilton Place, on Sunday, June 2 from 2-4 p.m. Details here.

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The Gantt Center sent in an invitation an "Afterwork Wine + Wind-down" at the Center on Friday, May 31 from 5-6 p.m. at 551 S. Tryon St., to "hear about our June 2013 launch of the inaugural Gantt Symposium and private reception and preview of The Kinsey Collection, presented by Wells Fargo." A palm card is here.

 

 

 

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