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It was an honor to attend Bridge4Unity



Go to our Facebook page for announcements and pictures posted after each event, www.facebook.com/ pages/Hemphill-Community Center , www.facebook.com/Hemphillblacksheep.

I was honored to accompany Quintessa Peak of Fleming-Neon, Kimberly Williams of Jenkins, and Ben Fink of Hartford, Conn., to Beaufort S.C. from Thursday to Sunday for a dialogue about racial tensions and prejudice. The project is called Bridge4Unity and is an effort to bridge the racial polarities in our society. It was hard work with hard questions that needed to be addressed. There was lots of time for sharing in this group.m.made up.m.of folks from many racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the end the concerns of each respective group.m.were common.

It all boiled down to questions of “How do we provide for those we love and take care of, the young and the aged?”, “How do we make sure our children have access to education?”, “How do we stop.m.the theft of cultural assets such as our food, our music, and our traditions for the profit of outsiders with capital to create profits from the exploitation?” Even some Letcher County natives get in on this. It is something akin to “Theft of intellectual property”.

On a lighter note: Those of us who traveled to South Carolina were given a charge for action. We will be holding a series of meetings on racial and class divides in Letcher County. Southeast Community College has graciously offered to host the meetings. Quintessa Peak and Kimberly Williams will be officiating with the help.m.of Nell Fields, Ben Fink, myself, and other community leaders. More on that later…dates and times TBA.

On Friday, Feb.ruary 8, bring your loves or come stag to the Honkytonk Valentine Dance.

The Black Sheep.m.will have the best pizza and cheese sticks, as well as fresh salads, cinnamon rolls, etc., for purchase. Come out for a great time. There is no finer family-oriented atmosphere anywhere and no finer band than this one.

You have an open invitation to come and hang out with us at the Center when you can. We have Wifi now so kids and adults are better satisfied not being cut off from their electronic devices. We also have a playground and a walking track so bring the whole family for a visit.

It’s a hate free zone and you are invited!! Come and linger among friends!!!

Weekly Quote: Let’s make a dent in the universe. -Steve Jobs

Schedule of Events:

Feb. 6: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m.

Feb. 7: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m. & Drum Circle 7- 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m. & Friday Nite Pickin’ Honkytonk Valentine Dance with The Country Troubadours 7:30 p.m., no cover charge.

Feb. 12: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m. & Martial Arts Class 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 13: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m.

Feb. 14: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. & Drum Circle 7-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 15: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. & Friday Nite Pickin’ with Cross Country Bluegrass 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19: Senior Fellowship 10 am & Martial Arts Class 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 20: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m.

Feb. 21: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m.& Drum Circle 7-8:30 p.m.

Feb. 22: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m. & Friday Nite Pickin’ with The Right Fork Ramblers 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 26: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m. & Martial Arts Class 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 27: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m.

Feb. 28: Bakery open 4:30-9 p.m.& Drum Circle 7-8:30 p.m.

March 1: Bakery open 4:30- 9 p.m. & Friday Nite Pickin’ with Will Caudill and Rt. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

March 5: Senior Fellowship 10 a.m. & Martial Arts Class 5:30 p.m.

Friday Nite Pickin’: Children get in free when accompanied by an adult. Open mic at intermission. Family friendly environment.

For more information call (971)86sheep or (971)867-4337.

Inclement weather policy: Cancellations are posted on Facebook two hours before the scheduled event.

A merry heart maketh a good medicine! Proverbs 17:21

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