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Information and Directions to November Potluck

The November potluck, which is also the occasion of our annual meeting, will be on Friday, November 13th, 6:00 pm, at the home of Tom and Nancy English, 2530 Fairmount Blvd, Eugene. Directions are below.

There will be a very short business meeting at which the board will give a brief report of the organization's work in 2009 and hold the election of the 2010 board members.

Our program will be a slide show and musical performance by Jennifer Kyker, founder of TARIRO, a grassroots non-profit organization working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women and girls who have been orphaned by the disease. Jennifer will describe TARIRO's work and play some songs on the mbira dzavadzimu, the traditional instrument of the Zezuru speaking community in Zimbabwe. More information about TARIRO is available on its website, tariro.org.

Jennifer is a Eugene native and graduate of the International High School at SEHS, class of '97. She first visited Zimbabwe as a high school student and has studied the country's music extensively since. She's visited Zimbabwe many times and is currently writing her PhD thesis on its music. She speaks Shona, a primary Zimbabwean language. TARIRO is the Shona word for hope.

Please join us and help extend an enthusiastic welcome to Jennifer.

Directions to the home of Tom and Nancy English, 2530 Fairmount, Eugene: The English home is near the U of O. Drive to the intersection of Columbia and Fairmount Blvd. and park in this area on either street. Then walk uphill (on a sidewalk) on Fairmount on the right hand side of the street, around the curve which is to the left, and continue past the first house on the right which is a cinder block house. Immediately after this house, turn right and walk down the driveway to 2530. Use a flashlight so that you won't mind the dark. There is no parking on the street in front of the English house.