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Announcements July 2014
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS from July 1, 2014:
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Ken Koontz announced that he would soon begin interviews with leaders involved with various community issues, with the video interviews running on the Internet.

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Elisa Chinn Gary announced that the Charlotte Fire Fighters Association Local 660 will sponsor a fund-raising barbecue for her campaign for Clerk of Superior Court, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 at the Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St. Dinner plates are $10; kids under 12 eat free.

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Ty Turner announced that he and Marcus Bass are preparing for their Camp Lead-Up, a free career leadership development experience for high school students, including rising 9th-graders, on Aug. 11-15 at the Double Oaks Community Resource Center. Flier here. Facebook here. Website here. Bass projected that the Charlotte camp would reach 50 youth.

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Carlenia Ivory announced that she can take written questions from Forum participants about CMS and will respond with answers. “If I can’t get an answer, I’ll let you know, but more than likely we’ll be able to answer your questions.” Ivory said that, in her absence, the written questions should go to Sarah Stevenson.

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Ken Koontz announced that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Historic Excelsior Club, a Charlotte institution at 921 Beatties Ford Rd. that has had such an impact on Charlotte. It is, he said, “historic for a variety of reasons. And if you think it’s just a place to go bump and grind on a Friday or Saturday night, that ain’t it. If you see James Ferguson, the current owner, wish him a happy birthday.” [Koontz was part-owner of the club in the 1980s.]

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Jane Whitley sent in an announcement that members of Democratic Women of Mecklenburg will participate in the Hickory Grove Fourth of July Parade. Details here.

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Michelle Ridgley sent in a report on the June 28 golf challenge fundraising tournament sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. at Northlake Golf Club. A portion of the proceeds went to the club’s Anna M. Hood Scholarship Fund.

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Sharon Holm sent in a press release about a Duke Energy challenge grant to increase membership at the Gantt Center.

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Colette Forrest sent in Joel Ford’s June 27 newsletter.

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Malachi Greene sent in a link to a News & Observer feature on Millie Dunn Veasey and her Army service during World War II.

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Kim Michele Ratliff sent in a correction to a June 24 announcement on the June 19 death of Kyle Gott, 31, who was campaign manager during Alma Adams’ successful primary bid for the 12th District Congress seat vacated by Mel Watt. The television report said Gott was in an SUV driving the wrong way on I-65, not on a motorcycle.

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Joel Ford sent in a press release about the June 30 deadline for filing claims for compensation through the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Office victims’ compensation program. More info is here.

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Colette Forrest sent in an announcement of the free July 1 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, at 7 p.m. at the ImaginOn Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St.

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Rodney Moore sent in a copy of his June 30 Raleigh Report.

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Araminta Johnston sent in a Paul Krugman column about ALEC, the nonprofit group linking business interests with legislative leaders. The group’s proposals have turned up in legislative bills in Raleigh. Krugman writes about Kansas’ deteriorating state fiscal condition after cutting taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals did not set off the promised economic boom.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from July 8, 2014:

 

Johnny Collins announced that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is expecting 13,000 for its 66th Boule international conference to be held Saturday, July 12 through July 18 at the Charlotte Convention Center. One Town Hall open to the public will occur Sunday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. More info here and here.

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Ty Turner announced that organizers expect 300 or more people to attend a rally to bring attention to domestic violence, on the occasion of the death of Greensboro teacher Bianca Tanner. The rally will be held Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock Community Development Center at 7th and McDowell Streets. Turner said Tanner’s family would attend.

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Tommie Robinson announced a gallery crawl on Friday, July 25 from 7-10 p.m. at the Latibah Collard Green Museum at 720 Tuckaseegee Road. “If you come to the gallery crawl, you’ll have an opportunity to see my beautiful work. Bring your checkbook.”

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Pat Cotham referred to a two-page sheet headlined “Myths & Facts on Central American Migration Surge,” which was handed out at a recent meeting she attended. The sheet, which says it was created by the Jesuits, is available at the Jesuits’ site, the America’s Voice blog and the Franciscan Action Network.

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Dena Diorio sent in her July 7 Board Bulletin.

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Queen Thompson sent in an announcement of a free legal clinic on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University Alumni House, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.

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Rob Hillman sent in an announcement of a fundraising event for Entrepreneur High School, a public charter scheduled to open at the old Hannaford’s building at Central Avenue and Albemarle Road. The fundraiser will be held Tuesday, July 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Bistro La Bon, 1322 Central Ave. Details here.

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Megan Boler sent in an announcement of an environmental forum on Thursday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m. at International House, 1817 Central Ave., sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters. Details here.

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Jane Whitley sent in an announcement that Mecklenburg Democratic Women was part of a July 3 New York Times article on reporter Jackie Calmes’ visit at the organization’s Summer Luncheon. The article focused on women’s vote in the November U.S. Senate campaign. Details here.

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Ledger Morrissette sent in a copy of May edition of Link, the newsletter of the Community Relations Committee.

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Jane Whitley sent in an announcement of a meeting of the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County on Wednesday, July 9. Details here.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from July 15, 2014:

 

Steve Johnston announced that he had engaged Encore Catering to provide free coffee and pastries for the Forums of July 22 and July 29.

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Queen Thompson announced a free legal clinic on Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.

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Levester Flowers announced a barbecue fund-raiser for Elisa Chinn Gary’s campaign for Clerk of Superior Court from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 at the Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St. Dinner plates are $10; kids under 12 eat free.

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Thomas Moore announced that the McCreesh Place Tuned In Choir practices Thursdays for an hour beginning at 5:45 p.m. The choir draws men from the Supportive Housing site at 2120 N. Davidson St., but also adults from throughout Charlotte who want to sing with this group.

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Steve Johnston announced that Park & Recreation Facility Manager Heide Kitterman said July 14 that the renovations originally scheduled inside the West Charlotte Recreation Center that were to close the center beginning in September 2014 likely won’t begin until spring 2015. A new closing date has not yet been set, but may be at the end of April 2015, she said. Kitterman said she would share more information as it becomes available.

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Ty Turner announced an appreciation event for volunteers in Yolanda Trotman’s campaign for District Court judge on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 1-3 p.m. at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S. Summit Ave.

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Ty Turner announced that he and Marcus Bass are inviting people to sponsor youth for Camp Lead-Up, a free-to-students career leadership development experience for high school students, including rising 9th-graders, on Aug. 11-15 at the Double Oaks Community Resource Center. More info on website.

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Ken Koontz announced that the Latibah Collard Green Museum at 720 Tuckaseegee Rd., with its art studios, installations, historical materials and events nearly every weekend has become a “tremendous new jewel in the community.”

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Annetta Watkins-Foard announced that On Q Productions had received a $105,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to support the theater company’s Season Six. “There are things coming out of this community that we can be proud of.” Quentin Talley founded the company in 2006.

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J.R. Black announced that Genesis Project I has begun hosting 60 immigrants from India three days a week for group consultation, and the group was recently visited by their high priest from India for an opening ceremony.

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Malachi Greene sent in a link to the New York Times obituary on Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel laureate, activist and chronicler of the fight in South Africa against apartheid. “Ms. Gordimer now belongs to the ages,” Green wrote. “Let us celebrate this Titan who, while teaching us, inspired, and entertained us! I envision the angels cheering when she got there. They spirited her straight to God. I can almost see God with outstretched arms saying, ‘Welcome.’ Nadine Gordimer lives yet, in the pantheon of the great and the good. Rest easy, Dear Lady, and enjoy the eternal.”

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Nooma Monika Rhue sent in a reminder of a summer cooking class on Saturday, July 19 from 2-4 p.m. at Kamit Natural Foods, 2715 Tuckaseegee Rd. RSVP here for $2 off the $20 price.

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Dena Diorio remarked in her Board update that at one point last week it looked like this General Assembly might never end, and “legislative staff hung wreaths and lights after negotiators suggested that they could stay until Christmas to get the deal that they wanted.”

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Azizi Morton sent in an announcement that Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency will host a Summer Meet & Greet for everyone living with Sickle Cell Disease. The event will be this Thursday, July 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the agency’s offices at 610 E. 7th Street. Brochure on agency here.

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Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that actor, author and Grammy award-winner Common would headline the second annual Gantt Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts.

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Ledger Morrissette sent in an announcement that the TV program “Civil Rights: Then and Now” will air on the GOV channel according to this schedule.

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Colette Forrest sent in an announcement that the City of Charlotte would hold a free SWAG (Students Working to Achieve Greatness) back to school event on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Knights Stadium, 324 S. Mint St. The event includes free backpacks, games, haircuts, dental screenings, immunizations and more.

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Colette Forrest sent in responses she received from two legislators about the status in North Carolina of the Common Core curriculum.

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Faith Triggs sent in a copy of the July edition of The Tassel, the monthly newsletter of the Charlotte Housing Authority.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from July 22, 2014:

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The scribe was absent. The following announcements were e-mailed in:

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Encore Catering will again provide free coffee and pastries for the July 29 Forum.

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Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her July 21 Board Bulletin.

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Harvey Boyd sent in a link to The Gist of Freedom: Preserving American History through Black Literature”, an audio podcast that includes a history of the Crestdale community in Matthews.

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LaWana Mayfield’s July 17 newsletter includes an invitation to a dedication of the West Tyvola Road Sidewalk Project at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at the northwest corner of Shady Lane and West Tyvola Road.

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Kim Roseboro sent in a flier about Impact Afterschool Academy and Teens Together Afterschool Club.

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Henk Jonker sent in a request for financial support during his ride during the 24 Hours of Booty fund-raiser on July 25-26 in Myers Park.

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Colette Forrest sent in an announcement of a fundraiser sponsored by James Ferguson II and Arthur Griffin for the Clerk of Superior Court campaign of Elisa Chinn Gary on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd.

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The League of Women Voters sent in an invitation to a celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920, the celebration to be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6:15 p.m. at the Midwood International & Cultural Center Auditorium, 1817 Central Ave.

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Joel Ford shared an invitation to Energize Charlotte from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Details here.

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Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement that T.O.U.C.H.E.D. and Genesis Project Family Wellness Center are asking the community for donations of school supplies for the 2nd Annual Back to School Jamboree Basketball and Kickball Tournament from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 Sugar Creek Rd. Details here.

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Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that the Harvey B. Gantt Center will host its annual GanttFest! from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the Center. Admission free to members, $5 for nonmembers. Details here.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS through July 29, 2014:

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The scribe was absent. The following announcements made July 22 were passed along July 28 by Mary Johnson:

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Malachi Greene announced that he a candidate for Chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party.

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Tommie Robinson announced that the Latibah Museum Gallery Crawl is held the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 6-10 p.m.

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Mary Johnson announced the free 5th Annual Women's Equality Day Celebration will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Levine Museum of the New South.  Register here.

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Doug Jones announced that Westfest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Dr.

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The Genesis Project "Touch" program will have a "Back to School Jamboree" on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at Sugaw Creek Rec Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free bookbags, school supplies, haircuts and giveaways.

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Greg Phipps announced ENERGIZE, A Community Conversation about Energy, Opportunity, and Workforce Readiness, on Friday, Sept. 12 from 2-6 p.m. at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum.

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The following announcements were mailed in in advance of the July 29 meeting: 

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TIME Foundation sent in a link to the sign-up form for Camp Lead-Up.

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Joel Ford sent in his July 25 Legislative News. Some items have been overtaken by events.

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Valaida Fullwood sent in a press release noting that Johnson C. Smith University has received grants and matching funds to launch a two-year project to develop a touring exhibit titled “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.” The Charlotte Observer article is here and cached here.

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Colette Forrest passed along CMS invitations to a Parent Leadership and Community Back to School Conference on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and a reasonably concurrent free Teen Summit, both at at Marie G. Davis Military & GLobal Laadership Academy at 3351 Griffith St.

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Valaida Fullwood sent in an invitation to the Forum for Civic Leadership event marking Black Philanthropy Month titled “What’s Community Got To Do With It?” to be held Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at Bank of America Auditorium in 1 Bank of America Center at Trade & Tryon Streets. Tickets here. Info here and here.

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Jeri Thompson sent in a link at the Charlotte Post to a July 26 screening at Crossroads Charter High School last weekend of “Elementary Genocide: From Primary to Penitentiary.” A trailer to the documentary is here.

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Colette Forrest passed along an announcement of a free City of Charlotte back-to-school event with free backpacks, games, haircuts, dental screenings and immunizations from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at BB&T Charlotte Knights Baseball Stadium, 324 South Mint St.

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Ericka Ellis-Stewart sent in an announcement that Charlotte Crop Walk will hold recruiter rallies on Aug. 5 at 6:15 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m., both events at St. John’s Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Ln. The Crop Walk is Sunday, Oct. 19. Details here.

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Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her July 28 Board Bulletin.


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