Scene from ‘Once’

Affinity group hosts party

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Out on the Town affinity group from Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will hold a pre-show party prior to “Once” on Oct. 2, 6 p.m., at Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St. Email to attend.

“Once” is a Tony-award winning musical that tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

Tickets for the performance are $30 for price zone 30 seating only and are available online.


Youth network holds meeting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A GSA Network leadership meeting will be held on Oct. 4, 10 a.m., at Time Out Youth Center (TOY), 2320 N. Davidson St.

With October being LGBT History Month, this gathering will provide ideas for programming GSA meetings for the month of October and beyond. GSA members from schools throughout the Charlotte region will gather at TOY to gain strategies for organizing their clubs, make connections with other GSAs and leaders in the area and plan events for the fall term, organizers said.

In other news, TOY announced that the Carolina Conference on Queen Youth will be held on Oct. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Barnhart Student Union at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd.

The one day conference is open to the public with conference sessions targeting counselors, social workers, educators, parents, activists and students. Continuing education credit is available for social workers through UNC-Charlotte and educators through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Registration is available online.

info: 704-344-8335, ext. 603.

Benefit upcoming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 5th Annual Evening of Hope and Inspiration will be held on Nov. 15, 7 p.m., at McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St.

The event will feature Linda Gray, television star of “Dallas,” who will be accepting the Hope and Inspiration Humanitarian Award. She will be on hand for a Q&A session after the program.

The Talley Trio, Grammy and Dove award-winning recording artists will bring their southern gospel music to the event.

VIP packages are available and include a reserved seat ticket, with guarantee in the first four rows of the theatre, private reception in the Duke Energy Theatre at 5:30 p.m., one complimentary drink ticket, cash bar, hot appetizers, dessert, fruit, swag bag from event sponsors, and a photo and autograph opportunity with Gray.

Tickets are $15-$35 and are available online.


PFLAG hosts Stroupe

CONCORDk N.C. — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Concord/Kannapolis will hold its monthly gathering on Oct. 14 with dinner at 5:30 p.m. at The Pizza Loft, 16 Union St. S. and afterward at 7 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 30 Union Street N., for the meeting.

PFLAG Regional Director Linda Stroupe from the South Atlantic Region will join attendees for the evening.

RSVP to reserve a seat.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.