Elyse Dashew marked the death Saturday of Jeffrey Arthur Johnson, who had staffed the security desk at the Belmont Regional Center. Johnson’s body was found in woods off Central Avenue near North Sharon Amity Road Saturday morning. Residents told reporters that they heard gunshots at 2 a.m. Dashew said she had known Johnson 20 years ago and had renewed the acquaintance when the Forum began meeting at Belmont Center in January. “I wanted to acknowledge him and his friendly presence, and lift him up this morning.”
Carlos Gladden announced he is working with teens to “keep themselves clean” in their social media postings, removing material that might put future opportunities out of reach.
Maria Macon announced that the Community Relations Committee’s Council of Elders will host a free expungement clinic on Monday, April 18 from 3-6 p.m. at Belmont Center, 700 Parkwood Ave. N.C. law allows a narrow set of infractions to be removed from an individual’s criminal record, infractions that might block employment or other opportunities.
Malcolm Graham announced that he would announce his candidacy for the 12th District Congress primary election on June 7 at an event on Wednesday, March 23 at noon at the Mosaic Village Community Room, 1635 W. Trade St.
Courtney Jant announced an all-girls summer dance camp for grades K-8. Details here.
Brenda Robinson announced that the upcoming Traveling Space Museum event April 1-2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. is a NASA Space Camp. She said she needed 14 adults volunteers; museum pays small stipend. Details here.
Yolonda Holmes announced a meeting on Tuesday, April 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 7237 Tuckaseegee Rd., for pastors and area leaders to discuss support of the CMS West Mecklenburg feeder pattern.
Sheila Peltzer announced that she had three tickets to the Gantt Center exhibition “Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts,” which runs through June 26.
Sheila Peltzer announced a Parental-Grandparent Alienation Awareness Rally for Children’s Rights on Wednesday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Raleigh. Details here.
Joel Ford announced that he is not a candidate for the 12th Congressional District but will have an opponent in November for the N.C. Senate District 38 seat.
Maria Macon announced that Class 4 would graduate April 3 at the Little Rock Cultural Center. No other information was available.
Queen Thompson announced that she would meet after the Forum with people interested in joining United Voices for Inner-City Children’s Educational Success.
Maurice Jones announced a STEMlympics for teams from across North Carolina, to be held Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Discovery Place. Free after paying museum admission. Info here.
Carlenia Ivory announced that State Supt. of Public Instruction June Atkinson had told her she would recommend to Gov. Pat McCrory that he appoint Dr. Gyasi Foluke to serve on a state textbook task force.
Larken Egleston, when queried, acknowledged that on Tuesday evening he was elected president of Mecklenburg Young Democrats (Announcements, March 15).
Dianna Davis sent in a flier about the Charlotte African American Festival on Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3.
Keith Kelly sent in an flier announcing a Jobs and Workforce Development Fair on Tuesday, April 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rameses Temple, 4919 Beatties Ford Rd., hosted by U.S. Rep. Alma Adams.
Larken Egleston sent in a reminder of Taste of the Nation on Monday, April 18. VIP admission from 6 p.m. for $120; general admission at $85 from 7 p.m., ending 9:30 p.m., at The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St. Info here. Local beneficiaries are Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Culinary School of Charlotte.
Tammy Hill sent in an announcement of a parent meeting with members of the CMS Board of Education on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m-noon at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2600 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.
Jeri Thompson sent in an announcement of a free conversation about resegregation of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, on Thursday, March 24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Greater Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, 727 W. Trade St. Speaker is Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson, UNCC Charlotte Urban Institute director of social research and director of the school’s Institute for Social Capital. Register here. Info here.
Helen Kimbrough sent in a flier about how high school and college students may apply to become interns in Promising Pages’ Team Read Ambassador program. Application deadline May 1.
Stephanie Counts sent in an announcement that registration had opened for the Women + Girls Research Alliance Summit on April 15-16. Registration required. April 15 program free; April 16 program $25-$30. Info here. Register here. Flier here.