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Announcements March 2007


ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 6, 2007:
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Blanche Penn distributed invitations from Stay Focus Chronicles Winners Plus Agency to "Students Together Against Recklessness," written and directed by Petronila Clark, to be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at West Charlotte High School. Information: 704-340-4057.
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Pamela Grundy announced that Mecklenburg Acts was starting a push to have the school board make good on its commitment to small class sizes at high-poverty schools. She said the group would be present at the next two community forums held by CMS, tonight at 6 at First Ward Elementary, and Monday, March 12 at Eastway Middle, and at the next school board meeting March 13. She invited others to participate.
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Thomas Moore announced a free forum in connection with "From Brooklyn to Biddleville" at the Charlotte Museum of History at 3500 Shamrock Drive. The forum is this Saturday, March 10 from 1-4 p.m.
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Andrea Huff announced that she had forms for nominating police officers for their outstanding community service. As explained on the Community Relations Committee web site, officers will be chosen "who have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of police-community relations and to the goodwill of the communities they serve" at the 28th annual awards ceremony in May. Nominations may also be made online at www.charmeck.org/Departments/CRC/Forms/Police+Commaunity+Relations+Award+Nomination+2007.htm
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Mary Williams announced that the nonprofit Family Credit Counseling Corp., 7516 E. Independence Blvd. Ste 110, has free MoneySmart financial literacy classes running on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Classes are free, but call first for registration to 800-449-0065.
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Rodney Moore invited the public to a Wednesday 10:30 a.m. meeting of a Housing Authority subcommittee where commissioners will review plans that will "totally change the way the authority" does businesss. "It's not the traditional Housing Authority we perceive it to be," he said. The meeting wil be held at the authority's central office at 1301 South Blvd. Moore also invited the public to the next meeting of the full authority on March 20 at 5 p.m. at the central office.
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Michael Sexton sent in a message about a Run for Peace on May 5 at McAlpine Park. Proceeds will benefit the United Family Services Domestic Violence Program. More information: www.charlotterunforpeace.com.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 13, 2007:
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Valerie Woodard announced that the Board of County Commissioners would meet from 3-5 p.m. today, March 13, to discuss the proposed sale of Spirit Square. She encouraged people to speak. There is no need to sign up in advance. "Just come on down. You will be heard."
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Pam Grundy announced that Mecklenburg Acts and others pressing for full funding of the commitment to small class sizes would be present at tonight's school board meeting, where Supt. Gorman will present his first budget. "Come, pay attention," Grundy said. "As George Dunlap said the other night at a meeting, this is where the rubber hits the road: What they're spending the money on matters to them."
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Tammy Johnson recommended "Preparation to Survive A Terrorist Attack: A Citizens Advisory," edited by Dr. Ada Fisher, the Salisbury physician and 12th District Congress candidate.
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Thomas Moore announced the pending departure of Pam Meister as president and CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History. He said he hoped her successor is as attuned to the sensitivities of the community as Meister has been. Moore also sent in an announcement of the performances this Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15 of the civil rights musical hit, "If This Hat Could Talk: A Musical of Passion, Power and Triumph" at 8 p.m. at Halton Theater at CPCC.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 20, 2007:
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Thereasea Elder announced that a weeklong conference would be held in Charlotte this fall toward creating a North Carolina chapter of the Washington-based Association for the Study of African American Life and History (www.asalh.org).
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Dr. Gyasi Foluke announced a conference in Philadelphia around April 21 sponsored by the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (Mid-Atlantic chapter, http://home.att.net/~ascacmidatlantic/index.htm).
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Dr. Vernon Herron passed out fliers announcing a free conference on planning family reunions, to be held at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Box lunches may be reserved for $6 each. Registration deadline is April 12. For more information: 704-503-17-101 or [email protected]
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Thomas Moore announced "From Brooklyn to Biddleville" at the Charlotte Museum of History at 3500 Shamrock Drive.
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Malachi Greene announced the death of Jeanne Lucas, 71, of Durham, the first black woman to serve in the N.C. Senate. Her funeral was from Union Baptist Church in Durham on March 17.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from March 27, 2007:
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Sarah Stevenson announced that Friendship Trays would hold a fish fry fund-raiser April 13 beginning at 11 a.m. at 2401-A Distribution St. She said Lucy Bush Carter or Marvin Carter would have tickets for sale next Tuesday.
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Dr. Gyasi Foluke announced a tour of ancient Kemet (modern Egypt), "Splendors of the Nile," led by Dr. Runoko Rashidi, from July 5-19. The cost is $2,995. More info is at www.cwo.com/~lucumi/tour2007b.html.
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Rodney Moore thanked members of the Forum for their support while he investigated running for chair of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party, but said he had decided not to remain a candidate for the position. He wished remaining candidates well.
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Richard McElrath and Louise Woods encouraged citizens to be present tonight, Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education holds a hearing at the Government Center on Supt. Peter Gorman's proposed budget. Woods said money fought for over the years to add teachers at high-needs schools would in effect be diverted to pay for the decentralization offices now being formed. Some assistant principal positions are being eliminated, and "these things are going to impact what happens in the classroom. Those positons we fought for will be gone," she said.
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Jeri Thompson sent in an announcement of The Charlotte Post's People of Prominence event May 31 at 6 p.m. at Center Stage in NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St. Panelists Harry Jones, Ronnie Bryant, Bridget-Anne Hampden, Bill Farmer, Regina Smith and Eric Watson will discuss "Where is the disconnect?" exploring two facts; the BET.com list ranking Charlotte as the No. 1 Best City for African Americans, and the national Social Capital Study that ranked Charlotte 39 out of 40 communities surveyed in levels of social and interracial trust.
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Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Charlotte Checkers at their March 31 game would collect used cell phones in exchange for a ticket to a future Checkers game this season. Phones will go to victims of domestic violence.
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Jerri Haigler sent in an announcement of CPCC's ArtsFest now in progress. Future events include:

Tuesday, March 27
- CPCC Press LIVE! - CPCC Press Authors - Tate Hall - 10:30 a.m.-noon
- CPCC Piano and Voice Recital - Bryant Recital Hall - 12:30-2:00 p.m.
- Cackalacky Winners - screening of selected film festival winners - Halton Theater - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
- Getting Published - CPCC Press Panel - Tate Hall - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
- Meet the Artist - Charlie Arnold, visual artist - Tate Hall - 3:30-5:00 p.m.
- Imagery in Contemporary Art - CPCC Visual Arts - Tate Hall - 5:00-6:00 p.m.
- Film People - CPCC Film and Video - Halton Theater - 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28
- Historic Re-enactment - Hezekiah Alexander Homesite Players - Overcash Lobby - 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- History Panel - Dan Morrill, Tom Hanchett, Michael Scoggins, and Dr. Tony Zeiss - Tate Hall - 11:00-noon
- Restoring Historic Property - Jack Thomson and Gary Ritter - Tate Hall - 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Storytelling for a Diverse Population - Irania Macias Patterson - Harris Campus - 2:00 p.m.
- Art in the Garden - Elizabeth Harris/Horticulture Program at Cato Campus - Cato Campus - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
- Video Editing Seminar - Francis Shepherd/Apple Computer - Bryant Recital Hall - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- Gene Bryant Memorial Concert featuring Dr. Becky Cook-Carter and the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus - Halton Theater - 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 29
- Women in Welding - Irene Houston - Harper Campus - noon-1:00 p.m.
- Early Music Concert - CPCC Early Music Program - Tate Hall - 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Meet the Artist - Greg Wyatt (artist of Aspire Sculpture on CPCC campus) - Tate Hall - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- Student Film Competition - CPCC Film - Bryant Recital Hall - 3:00-6:00 p.m.
- Folk Music with the Charlotte Folk Society - Tate Hall - 3:30-5:00 p.m.
- Judy Collins - "The Healing Power of Art and Music" - Halton Theater - 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 30
- Artistic Airbrush Demonstration - Andrew Calhoun, CPCC graduate - North Campus - 9:00-11:00 a.m.
- Latin Jazz/Flutepraise - Tommy Lopez - Tate Hall - 12:30-1:30 p.m.
- Charlotte Jazz Society Discussion Panel - CPCC Music/Charlotte Jazz Society - Tate Hall - 3:30-5:00 p.m.
- Billy Spencer Memorial Concert - CPCC Big Band, A Sign of the Times, and the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra - Halton Theater - 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 31 - Closing Party - Beach music by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs and Smitty Flynn & the Rivieras - Taylor Hall - 7:00-10:30 p.m.
(barbecue dinner for $10)

More info at www.arts.cpcc.edu/festival. For tickets, call 704.330.6534.
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