Community Pulse

Contributing to Uganda’s Future
The MTSU chapter of Invisible Children Schools For Schools is holding a community-wide yard sale with proceeds benefitting the construction of new schools in the war-affected region of Uganda.
On Oct. 10 and 11 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., the Schools For Schools Yard Sale will be held on MTSU’s campus at the corner of Greenland Drive and Middle Tennessee Boulevard.
Invisible Children is dedicated to ending Africa’s longest running war, taking place in Northern Uganda. The most tragic victims of this war are the more than 30,000 children who have been abducted and forced to become soldiers in the rebel army. Schools For Schools’ goal is to equip a generation, through education, to participate with authority in Ugandan leadership and to take responsibility for the future of their lives and country.
For more information on the yard sale, contact Whitney Yeldell at wly2b@mtsu.edu.

Clean Your Community
The City of Murfreesboro will conduct the Community Clean Up Day of the Patterson Area on Saturday, Oct. 10. Local residents are encouraged to clean up around their property and leave trash items by their curb for free pickup by city employees and volunteers.
The City of Murfreesboro organizes this event in the Patterson Area every few years concentrating on litter, unwanted furniture and appliances, tires without rims, etc. Local volunteers will be joining forces with the City of Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation, Police, Sanitation and Transportation departments to help clean up the area.
The event will begin at 8 a.m.; anyone wishing to get involved as a volunteer should meet at the Castle Street Entrance of the Patterson Park Community Center. For more information, please contact Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation at 890-5333 or e-mail Lanny Goodwin, Director, at lgoodwin@murfreesborotn.gov.

Remembering the Holocaust
“The Holocaust and World War II” is the theme of the 9th biennial International MTSU Holocaust Studies Conference, held Thursday, Oct. 22, through Saturday, Oct. 24, on the MTSU campus.
The event, getting underway at 8 a.m. daily in MTSU’s James Union Building, will include American liberators of various concentration camps as well as survivors of those camps, providing the public with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet those who experienced the brutality of German Nazi policies.
Sessions include guest speaker/school principal Linda Hooper on “The Paperclip Project,” a monument made from millions of paperclips by middle schoolers in rural Whitwell, Tenn., and created to commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The project, which originated in an eighth-grade class but expanded to involve the entire student body, has drawn international attention and was inspired by a historical lesson involving Europeans who wore paper clips on their lapels as a statement of protest against the Nazis.
Author and Holocaust historian Dr. Gerhard L. Weinberg, who will receive the prestigious 2009 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing on Oct. 24, will be a highlight and keynote speaker for the Holocaust event.
In 1958, Weinberg discovered Hitler’s unpublished book when he was combing through massive stacks of documents that the United States had captured from Nazi Germany. Hitler dictated the secret book, which includes his plans for global domination and an American invasion, in 1928.
Weinberg will deliver two free talks during his local visit, including a public pre-conference presentation, “Pope Pius XII in World War II,” at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Murfreesboro’s St. Clair Center, as well as a 7:15 p.m. talk Oct. 22 in the JUB titled “Roosevelt, Truman and the Holocaust.”
For more information, visit mtsu.edu/~holoed or call Dr. Nancy Rupprecht, history professor, at (615) 898 2645.

Golfing for Discovery
The second Annual Discovery Center Golf Tournament takes place Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Champion’s Run Golf Course in Rockvale. Proceeds from the event will benefit Discovery Center’s educational and outreach programs.
The event begins with lunch at 11:30 followed by a shotgun start at noon. Golfers may sign up as a single or a foursome, and the deadline to enter is Oct. 9.
To register for the 2009 Discovery Center Golf Tournament or for more information, visit discoverycenteronline.org/golf.html or call (615) 890-2300.

Singing on the Square
An Old-Time Singin’ on the Grounds and community services fair will take place around the Courthouse Square on Sunday, Oct. 4, between 2-5 p.m. There will be plenty of live music, and organizers encourage all social service agencies and faith-based initiatives to come and set up a display.
The event, sponsored in part by Community Crossroads and Pass The Salt, caps off activities around the 150th Anniversary of the Courthouse.
For more information, call (615) 896-6288, or e-mail candycarter@communitycrossroads.com.

Preparing for Success
Linebaugh Public Library will host Resume Assistance and Job Search Assistance workshops in partnership with the United Way’s Project PASS (Preparing Adults for Self Sufficiency).
Resume workshops will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 5, 19 and 26; 4:45 p.m. Oct. 6 and 20 and 11 a.m. Oct. 6 and 23. Job Search Assistance workshops are available each Monday at 6 p.m., except Oct. 12. All workshops are free and no pre-registration is required. The workshops will take place in the computer lab on the 2nd floor at Linebaugh Public Library.
For more information, call (615) 893-4131 or visit linebaugh.org.


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