ASO holds benefit

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Different Roads Home is bringing singer/songwriter and breast cancer survivor Cindy Alexander to the Queen City on March 28, 7 p.m., at Monteith Park Clubhouse, 15239 Waterfront Dr.

A tax-deductible contribution is requested to attend at $50/person or $95/couple. Monies assist DRH with providing support for those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer. A raffle will be held at the end of the evening.

Alexander has toured with groups such as the Bacon Brothers, Rick Springfield, Suzanne Vega and more. Her music has been featured on both the big and small screens, as well as film.


Senior softball league reg open

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Sassy Softball Sisters league is now accepting players for its upcoming season. Registration deadline is March 15. Those who register after the deadline will be wait-listed.

This league is for women who are 50-years-old and above and identify as lesbian or straight. Players must be 50 plus as of December 31, 2015. Women, age 45-49, who have registered and played prior to July 1, 2012, still qualify to play.

In order to be eligible, applicants must complete a registration and attend a pre-season practice at Park Road Park, 6220 Park Rd. Dates available are March 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28. Times and fields are available online. Game play begins on April 2 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Field #2 and continues through June 13. League payments of $45 are due by March 19 in order to secure a spot on a team. Fee covers team uniform, game balls, field use and practices.

The fall season runs from Aug. 13-Oct. 29. Registration opens on June 1 and continues through July 26.

League teams will be newly formed for the spring and the nucleus of these teams will be used for the fall.


Seniors plan for future

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Aging Solutions Network will hold its monthly meeting on March 16, 7 p.m., at PACE, 6133 The Plaza. This date is a rescheduled one due to weather conditions on two previous occasions.

Topic of discussion will be planning for the remainder of the 2015 year. Organizers want to know what participants would like to see accomplished. They also are curious about what entices one to make the meetings, in addition to what would attract participants to make time in their schedules to attend.

RSVPs are due immediately to allow for proper head count.


Boaters set practices

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One World Dragon Boat has announced its spring training and practice schedule.

New and returning paddlers put oars in weekly at 10 a.m., beginning April 4 at Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Rd., in Cornelius at the boat launch area. This will be the maiden voyage for the team’s newly acquired boat named Triumph. Rev. Robin Tanner will perform a boat blessing prior to launch.

For those who are new to the sport, Dragon Boating 101 training is available on the first and third Saturday each month at 9 a.m., commencing with the April 4 practice date.

During the opposite weeks, new paddlers are welcome. The boat holds 20 people. Pending spot availability, new paddlers are welcome at the regular practice time. Filling a seat is up to the discretion of the coaches and whether the team is preparing for a race. The practice sessions are more geared toward rigorous and intermediate-level members or experienced paddlers. New paddlers may not get the personalized attention they require during this time slot.

“It is a great opportunity to experience the energy, excitement and power in the boat, as well as the nature on the lake. However they may not get the personal one on one attention they would in the 101 practice,” team founder Denise Bauer said. She added that it is recommended since participants learn basic commands and other important issues.

Some team members are taking basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator courses at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., on March 15.


Roller Girls kick off season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Roller Girls have kicked off their 2015 season schedule with an away bout against the Carolina Roller Girls in Raleigh, N.C., on March 7.

The first home match up will be on April 18 when the Girls take on the Greensboro Roller Girls at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr.

“This should be a great season,” Public Relations Director Liz McLaughlin said. “The All-Stars were undefeated at home for two years in a row now, so we are headed into 2015 with momentum.”

A complete season listing is available online with team match-ups and times. The season ends on Oct. 10 at home.

Season tickets are $55.95 plus tax and fees available online and entitle the purchaser to VIP status with reserved seating, lanyard and other Charlotte Roller Girls merchandise. Individual tickets are $12/adult, $7/child in advance and $16/adult, $9/child day of.

Community partner for the 2015 season is the Coalition to Unchain Dogs who will receive a portion of the proceeds from the games.

The team also has new skater skills workshops for those newbies who want to explore roller derby skills prior to newbie practices with the Roller Girls. Visit the website to learn more.


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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.