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Charlotte, NC


Announcements January 2010


ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 5, 2010:
Fran Cook announced that the Gang of One and the Gang Prevention Coalition Agency would hold a workshop about funding opportunities available through the Gang of One Request For Proposal (RFP) Process. The workshop will be Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at Southview Recreation Center, 1720 Vilma St. More info: 704-432-4264 or [email protected]
Maddy Baer announced that the Museum of the New South would offer a program, "New South for the New Southerner and NASCAR," this Thursday, Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Winston Kelley, director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, will preview what will be in the hall, scheduled to open in May. Cost according to the website is free to museum members, $5 to nonmembers. Reservations, 704-333-1887 ext 501 or [email protected]
Joyce Waddell announced that the Black Political Caucus meets Jan. 17 and that the Caucus is now accepting applications to hold Caucus offices. Info: [email protected]
Elloree Erwin announced that a meeting would be held today, Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Urban League offices, 740 W. 5th St., for groups and individuals interested in helping schools in three school board districts. District 3 school board representative Joyce Waddell confirmed that the meeting was open to the public. There was no other information presented.
Nancy Carter announced that a city weatherization grant program was available. Info: [email protected]
Dr. Vernon Herron sent in a book recommendation: Bob Rogers' "Will & Dena: Love and Life in World War II," a novel. "Bob is a prolific African American writer, a fraternal brother, a fellow churchman, and a specialist in Computer Science."
Cathy Sheafor sent in an announcement that the Charlotte Community School for Girls had hired Heather Britt to be Head of School, and that the school would open in August in leased space at 1440 S. Tryon St. Info: www.charlottecommunityschool.org.

ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 12, 2010:
Terry Bradley sent in a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Events schedule:

Event: MLK Memorial and Wreath Laying Celebration
Location: Marshall Park at the Statue
Date: Friday, January 15, 2010
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Free lunch provided by Bojangles' while supplies last.)
Cost: Free
Description: Free event held in Marshall Park to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Event: MLK Parade For route map, click here.
Location: 9th and Tryon to 3rd and Davidson
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: Free

Event: Bridging Musical Worlds: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date: Sunday, January 17
Location: The Historic Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Description: FREE event with light refreshments featuring musicians of the Charlotte Symphony and A Sign the Times' jazz ensemble "Going Through Changes," the program proclaims Dr. King's message of unity through the exploration of classical music and jazz. Although they are distinct musical "worlds," classical music and jazz have learned much from each other and have much in common. In this three-part performance, the Charlotte Symphony string trio will play from the classical repertoire, followed by a jazz set by Going Through Changes. The event culminates in a rousing joint performance of special arrangements for the combined ensemble by A Sign of the Times director Tyrone Jefferson.

Event: Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast
Date: January 18, 2010
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sponsoring Branch: McCrorey YMCA
Location: Westin Hotel Charlotte
Cost: $35/ticket
Description: The McCrorey YMCA celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday with a breakfast that joins people of all walks of life together for thanksgiving, selflessness and rededication to the ideals for which Dr. King stood.

Event: City of Charlotte MLK National Holiday Celebration
Location: Halton Theatre- CPCC Uptown Campus (click to view map<>)
Date: January 18, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Description: Free event held in recognition of the MLK National Holiday at CPCC's Halton Theater. This year, Lockwood Home Owner Association President, Chris Dennis will be awarded with the Keeper of the Dream Award for and Dr. David Jacobs, Associate Medical Director for Trauma Services at the F.H. "Sammy" Ross Trauma Institute at Carolinas Medical Center will be awarded the prestigious MLK Medallion Award. The CMS Arts and Writing Contest winners will be recognized and awarded scholarships for their outstanding writing and artistic abilities. Special guests include violinist Daniel Davis, recording artist Tunesha Crispell and Leap of Faith Dance Company.

For further info: Terry Bradley at 704-336-5271 or [email protected]
Nathaniel Cooper, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from North Carolina passed on word that information on his candidacy is at www.nathanielcooper.net. Online Paypal donations are linked up at www.actblue.com. Click Candidate Directory, then NC, then Nathaniel Cooper.

ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 19, 2010:

Forum participant Pam Jefsen, who is regional executive officer of the American Red Cross, writes Tuesday from Haiti:

"I think one of the best things about Red Cross work is that I feel like I am able to do something meaningful and help others take action in the face of the suffering that makes all of us hurt inside.

"The Red Cross locally has been consumed with raising funds for this disaster and helping others know what they can do to be the most helpful during this time. We have had people calling and offering to raise funds in their neighborhoods, churches and workplaces.

"If you would like to make arrangements to do this, send me an email at [email protected] We will connect you with a volunteer who can provide information to you - maybe one of the Tuesday Forum members.

"This will be a long term effort - probably 3-5 years - to help the people of Haiti rebuild their country."


Thomas Moore announced the death last weekend of Kitty Huffman, who with Sarah Stevenson and others played key roles in the first years of CMS desegregation. Funeral will be Saturday at St. Mark's Lutheran, 1001 Queens Rd. Forum participants talked about Huffman's work with Bethlehem Center and Project Aires.


Cathy Sheafor announced that Charlotte Community School for Girls is seeking volunteer tutors for one-on-one sessions with students beginning in September, and is looking for a partner to assist the school's music program. She said an online form to volunteer is at www.charlottecommunityschool.org. Sheafor said she would also welcome volunteers to participate in a women's speaker series over Friday lunches beginning next fall; e-mail [email protected]


Lucy Bush Carter announced that Friendship Trays would hold a Sweets & Treats fund-raiser on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at 2401-A Distribution Street in lower South End. Activities include card-making, wine tasting and pot de creme demonstration. Refreshments include hors d'oeuvres from recipes in the First Presbyterian cookbook. Suggested donation is $35 per person and $60 for two.


Sarah Stevenson thanked those who carried on the Forum's work during her absence for knee surgery. "I am not totally back. I will not be coming back every Tuesday. I asked Natheley to pick me up and I really didn't feel like it. So some Tuesdays I will not be here, but I will come as often as I can. And I want you all to give Jackie, Natheley, Deacon, Steve a big hand for taking care of things.... I am thankful for you all for everything you have done -- I get emotional -- I am just not going to be able to do everything I want to do and that I have been doing but I've got some good people who are going to continue."

Natheley McElrath responded, "Sarah, at 50% you're better than 90% of the people."


Pam Jefsen sent in an announcement that the Red Cross is forming a singing group under the direction of Dr. Thomas Moore. Called "Tuned In," the choir is "the result of a Crossroads Charlotte initiative that aims to unite people of all cultures, creeds and backgrounds." At the next rehearsal on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Disaster Center, 2401 Park Road, participants will decide on an ongoing rehearsal time. "This group is for anyone who wants to build community - no experience necessary."


John Minter sent in an announcement that the Institute for Responsible Citizenship is accepting applications through Friday, Jan. 29 from male college sophomores for paid summer internships in the Washington D.C. area. The application is online at www.i4rc.org/application.htm.




ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 26, 2010:
Rep. Beverly Earle announced that the N.C. Children & Youth Study Commission would hold a hearing in Mecklenburg County in April. The Aging Commission will also hold a meeting in Mecklenburg that month. More details will be forthcoming.
Joel Ford announced the relocation of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party offices to 500 E. Morehead St. Suite 106, in a building next to the Dowd YMCA.
Sen. Malcolm Graham announced that the Majority Whip of the U.S. House, S.C. Rep. James Clyburn, would be in Charlotte Feb. 26. More details will be forthcoming.
J.R. Black announced that the Genesis Project would hold its first family night event at Hidden Valley Elementary on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5-7 p.m.
Michael Sexton sent in a message that the Feb. 2 Lunch and Learn program sponsored by the Domestic Violence Advocacy Council will feature Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark who directs the Religion and Violence e-Learning (RAVE) Project, who will explain features of the group's website, www.theraveproject.org. The site offers religious leaders "information that will aid in compassionate ministry to domestic violence victims, and
helps educate the community on domestic violence intervention and prevention." Lunch and Learn is Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St.


The Forum welcomes all persons to its meetings beginning at 8:30 a.m. most Tuesdays of the year
at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC
down the hill from West Charlotte High School.