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Another Saturday In The Hood - 0712

Posted by Elwin Green on July 12, 2014 at 7:20 AM

I'm about to head across the street to Baptist Temple Church to participate in the 5K Homewood Prayer Walk. Registration starts at starts at 8 am, and the walk begins at 9.


The walk is a fundraiser for the Homewood-Brushton YMCA, to help celebrate the branch's 100th anniversary. Registration is $5.


The fundraising aspect is especially timely, as the YMCA suffered a fire a few weeks ago. Branch executive Ric Williams said that the while the fire was a small one, it damaged electrical systems that now need to be replaced, and that it caused extensive smoke damage. For those reasons, the branch has remained closed.


Still, the branch will be the end point of the walk, which will conclude with prayer at 10:30 (there will also be several prayer stops along the way). That will be followed by a community day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the YMCA parking lot.


The celebration continues tomorrow when Baptist Temple honors the branch during its 10:45 a.m. worship service. The church is at 7241 Race Street, at the corner of Race and Sterrett.


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While some folks are walking, some other folks will be selling. Residents of Monticello Street are holding a flea market this morning, in the 7300 block of Monticello. 


The neighbors are selling clothing, toys, household items, etc....and food (a body's gotta eat, right?) to raise money for the National Night Out, the annual event created in 1984 that encourages folks to reclaim their streets in a small way by turning on their porch lights and doing things outside together.


This will be Monticello Street's third year celebrating NNO - they are one block north of Race Street, so the Save Race Street Committee has encourged our residents to join in their festivities.


Today's flea market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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At 11 a.m., Seshemet Community Council will sponsor a lecture/discussion on Black male/female relationships and the Black family, at the Homewood-Brushton Branch of CCAC, at the corner of Homewood Avenue and Kelly Street.


Sharise Hembry and Tess Kenney, of Handinhand Counseling Therapy Services, will present.


Seshemet Community Council co-sponsored, along with Sankofa United, a "Day of Unity in the Community" event on June 14 featuring child psychologist Dr. Umar Johnson, who spoke on "The Academic War On Black Boys."


Today's event, which runs until 1 p.m., is part of an ongoing study group held each Saturday.


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That's it, time to get out here and burn some calories. And pray. 


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Reply PDavis
2:49 PM on July 12, 2014 
Glad to hear of all the good stuff in My Homewood. Today I was busy with commitments in My Wilkinsburg. Keep on letting us know what is happening with as much notice as,possible so we can get these events on our calendars. I appreciate your consistent reporting. Since I work and worship in Wilkinsburg sometimes I am pulled between the two communities. Thanks for keeping us informed.

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