Rev. Dr. William Barber II. Photo Credit: Callen Harty via flickr. Creative Commons license.

Anniversary celebrated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sacred Souls Community Church, 2127 Eastway Dr., will celebrate its first anniversary on Aug. 30.

North Carolina NAACP President and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. William Barber II will be the guest speaker.

Featured will be the Sacred Souls Community Church Choir and Carolinas Pride Theatre Ensemble.

A free fellowship brunch will take place at 11 a.m., with worship services following at 1 p.m.

Founding pastor is Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls.


Org set to make splash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride will hold a “Make a Splash” pool party and VIP fundraiser at the home of Ben Collins and Scotty Vanhoozer, 2700 Belevedere Ave., on Aug. 30, 1:30 p.m.

DJ Bret Law will be the featured musicologist who will keep the event lively.

Presenting sponsor is Hearts Beat as One, with Silverfly and Smirnoff serving as poolside sponsors.

Contribution levels are $50/advance and $35/under 35 and student. RSVP to with denotations for “Pool Party.”


Royals hit the field

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Royals began their fall season on Aug. 22 with a Rugby 101 informational session.

Upcoming matches are: Sept. 12, DC Scandals (away); Sept 25-27, Queen City Crown Tournament, Rugby Athletic Center, three-day inaugural event for both IGR and local North Carolina teams; Meet & Greet at Sidelines Bar, Third Half at The Bar at 316, Scruff after-party at The Visulite Theatre and Sunday brunch; Oct. 10, Clayton Bootleggers, 1 p.m., Tuckaseegee Park, 4820 Tuckaseegee Rd.; Oct. 31, ATL Ruck-a-Buck Tournament (away); Nov. 7, Charleston Blockade (away); Nov. 21, Guilford College, 1 p.m., Tuckaseegee Park, 4820 Tuckaseegee Rd.


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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.