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Touch The Band concert at Carver Rec was a huge success! Touch The Band concert at Carver Rec was a huge success!

Touch the Band Performance a Success at Carver Recreation Center

On Friday, 50 people danced and sang along to the music of Touch The Band at Carver Recreation Center at the Jefferson School City Center. “The concert was nice,” said Dan Carpenter, Carver Recreation Center Manager. “We’ll do another one on a Saturday in early 2015. The band played until almost midnight and the crowd stayed the whole time.”

TOUCH is a six-member ensemble that play soulful blues, smooth jazz, and R & B. The band has won many awards and is known for its ability to get the audience dancing and singing along. More information about the group can be found by visiting their website at www.touchtheband.com.

Also coming up at Carver Rec, starting on Sept 23, the Parent & Me Playgroup returns. Appropriate for ages 0-5 years, this playgroup meets in the gym for indoor playtime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10am-2pm, September 23-December 19. The cost is $3 per child / per visit and active parental supervision is required.

Story Time, Teacher Open House, Volunteer Event Coming up at African American Heritage Center

Next Wednesday, September 24, 3:30-5:00pm, the African American Heritage Center will host its first Story Time. Story Time is a new after-school event for children and families. Each session will feature storytelling, songs, movement, and activities related to a particular aspect of African American culture. Next week, Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim, with illustrations by Bryan Collier, will be the featured book. Story Time is suited for children ages 4-8 years old and their caretakers.

On Thursday, September 25, 6:00-8:00pm, the JSAAHC will host a Teacher Open House. This event will allow teachers to learn more about how to use the Heritage Center as a resource to supplement their curriculum. The event will feature a tour of the current temporary exhibit, Frank Walker: Black Stories, which is on view until October 11. RSVP here.

Finally, on Friday, September 26, 6:00-8:00pm, the JSAAHC will host its second annual Volunteer-a-thon. At this event, potential volunteers can learn more about how to get involved with the JSAAHC, paritcularly in helping diversify cultural offerings and planning for the Jefferson School’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2015.RSVP here.

The Women’s Initiative “Challenge into Change” Contest Deadline Approaches

The Women’s Initiative has one more workshop available to support writers entering its “Challenge into Change” writing contest. The workshop takes place today, September 19, noon to 1pm, at the High Street location, and will focus on polishing one’s essay. Contact Eboni Bugg for more information or if you’d like to attend:  ebugg@thewomensinitiative.org.

“Challenge into Change” is open to all writers, regardless of gender. Submitted writings should be no more than 500 words and be about or by a woman who has turned a challenge into an opportunity for positive growth.

Submissions are due by Thursday, September 25 and winners and contestants will be celebrated on October 26 at the Jefferson School City Center. All submissions must be accompanied by an agreement form. Judges will be looking for essays that inspire and show transformation; perfect spelling and grammar are not required. The following cash prizes will be offered: 1st place ($200), 2nd place ($150), 3rd place ($100), Runners Up ($50) and Honorable Mentions ($25). All contestants will receive three free copies of the 2014 contest book. Books will also be available for purchase through Lulu Press, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Martha Jefferson Accepting Unwanted Medications & Sharps Saturday

Martha Jefferson’s Outpatient Care Center at Pantops (595 Martha Jefferson Drive) will be collecting unwanted household medications and sharps (syringes) at a free drive-through event, Saturday, September 27 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Any unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications and syringes will be accepted. No commercial organization medical waste will be accepted. For more information, call 434-654-7009.

Additionally, Martha Jefferson Starr Hill Center is always offering help for individuals who are overweight and seeking to become healthier. Being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, and certain types of cancer. To find out more about Martha Jefferson’s Starr Hill Center’s free health services, call 434-984-6220.

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