Election Update, Consider These Upcoming Events

Stephanie Miner wins election as Syracuse’s next Mayor, and Thomas M. Seals wins the common council seat for the 4th district. Both candidates are democrats. Also, voters passed proposal 2 on the New York state ballot,  authorizing the state to allow inmates to do volunteer work for nonprofit groups.



Also, The Stand has heard about several events happening this month. Below are a few you may be interested in attending. For even more planned events, keep an eye of The Stand’s calendar listing located on the left side of the Web page. If you know of something else that should be added, please send information to ashley@mysouthsidestand.com.


Writing For Ourselves

This week, The Stand’s Director Ashley Hanry is preparing for the Writing For Ourselves community writing workshop for students in sixth through 12th grades. She will teach two Journalism sessions. Students also have the opportunity to attend sessions on Dialogue & Script Writing, How to Prepare a College Essay, “Putting the I Back in Academic Writing,” the Power of Word Choice and Poetry.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Dunbar Community Center. If you know of a student that should attend, have them contact Dr. Marcelle Haddix at mhaddix@syr.edu to sign up.

Come a bit early to register and stay after to listen to Verbal Blend perform spoken-word poetry. This same group will teach two future workshops provided by The Stand. Verbal Blend is a spoken-word poetry program designed to enhance students’ confidence in writing and performing original poems.

To see the latest flier, visit The Stand’s flicrk site.

PushBook Discussion of “Push”

As part of the Mothers Offering Youth Opportunity series, a book club will meet to discuss the book “Push” by Sapphire, the focus of an upcoming movie, “Precious.” The book discussion will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 9, at Mary Nelson’s Youth Center, 2849 S. Salina St., Syracuse.

The Stand’s director recently finished this book. It is a very raw, first-person account of a life of struggle.

Mary Nelson Youth Day Fair

The Mary Nelson second annual Youth Day Fair/Reaching for the Stars event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the OnCenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Thousands of families are expected to attend to gather resources about education, health, careers and other services, as well as to support SCSD students as they showcase their achievements and talents in the Reaching for the Stars event. The step team, Mary Nelson’s Ladies, will be just one of the youth performances offered.

Say Yes to Education, co-sponsor of the event, will have a booth offering information about the various components of the program, including after school and summer camps, legal clinics, health and wellness and details about the promise of free college tuition.


Weekend of Empowerment and Entertainment

The Payton Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ will offer a weekend of entertainment Nov. 14 and 15, at the church, 1816 Midland Ave., Syracuse. The weekend begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, with the play “A Piece of Me, a dramatic, comedic and inspirational stage play. The refusal to forgive, infidelity, alcoholism, homelessness, honesty and the allegations of physical and incestuous sexual abuse are played out. “A Piece of Me” was birthed out of writer/producer/director Jermaine Smith’s personal testimony.

Then from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, “Sunday’s Best” will be offered along with southern soul food. Cost ranges from $15 for advance stage play tickets only to $20 at the door. “Sunday’s Best” tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Package deals for both events and groups are also offered. For more information or tickets, call (315) 935-6820, (315) 214-8893 or (607) 761-8808.

For a look at the event’s flier, visit The Stand’s flickr site.


November Journalism Workshops

The Stand has two more workshops scheduled this month. The topic will be on “How to Cover a Community Event” and sessions will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, or 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21. Both will be held in the classroom in the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S. Salina St., Syracuse.

Prof. Steve Davis, creator of The Stand, will lead the sessions. All in the community are welcome to attend and our workshops are provided for free.

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