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WIJSF and Lauderhill Jazz

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John Beckford, Joel Leshinsky, Mayor Richard Kaplan, Joan Cartwright, Sharon Brooks, Eula Murray-Hylton

On October 24, 2010, Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. presented Parkway Middle School of the Performing Arts Jazz Band led by Melton Mustafa, Jr. and Vocal Ensemble led by Lorna Lesperance, through a grant from Broward Cultural Division, and sponsored by the City of Lauderhill, Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce, Dwight Stephenson Construction and Total Orthopedic. The event was attended by WIJSF members, chamber members, vendors, including the Gold Coast Jazz Society and Jamaica Air, plus a multitude of Lauderhill residents and those from other cities around the county.

Joel Leshinsky, Tracy Fields, Roberta Young

Above, Joel Leshinsky with Mistress of Ceremony was Tracy Fields of WLRN 91.3 FM radio and Roberta Young of Gold Coast Jazz Society

Also in concert were Eugene Grey & Company, Sons of My-Stro and Joan Cartwright & Jazz Hotline.

Lorna Lesperance conducts Parkway Middle School Vocal Ensemble

On January 25, 2012, Parkway Middle School Jazz Band and Vocal Ensemble will perform the music of community composers, through a second grant to WIJSF from Broward Schools Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS). The compositions, arranged by Dr. Malcolm Black (BCC Jazz Band Leader for 20 years), are by Joan Cartwright, Jus’ Cynthia, Art Wilson, Robin Avery and Paul Banman.

This concert will take place at Broward Center for the Performing Arts from 10 – 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attendees must be on a guest list for these performances that are closed to the public and attended by students from Broward Schools and their teachers.


Written by lauderhillsistercity

November 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Great Sister City Accomplishments

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The Sun-Sentinel printed several blurps on what South Florida Sister City organizations are doing for their worldwide sister cities.

From our own Sister City organization came this news:

Lauderhill Sister Cities collects books for Haiti
By Michael d’Oliveira ( August 17, 2011
Djenane Gourgue came to the United States from PĂ©tionville, Haiti in 1989. But the school she attended and much of the city she left behind are no longer there. “My school was wiped out,” Gourgue said. The school may be gone but its students still need to learn. To help students in PĂ©tionville continue their education, Lauderhill Sister Cities International is organizing a book drive. Gourgue, vice president of Lauderhill Sister Cities, came up with the idea. Books, she said, are not something students in Haiti can take for granted.

To read about all the accomplishments, visit this link:

Book Drive

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Written by lauderhillsistercity

July 12, 2011 at 11:57 pm