B-I-N-G-O is back!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gay Bingo Charlotte is coming back to the Queen City on Nov. 14, 6 p.m., at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr.

The fun-packed event, “How to Get Away with Bingo,” serves as a fundraiser for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. The event welcomes MC Barbara Burning Bush, as well as a host of BVDs (bingo verifying divas).

Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Tickets are $30 per person. Early ticket purchase is encouraged as the venue fills up quickly. For large groups, call the RAIN office to check on availability. For other sales, pick up tickets at Paper Skyscraper, 330 East Blvd., Brixx Pizza-Uptown, 225 E. 6th St., and White Rabbit, 920 Central Ave. Or, purchase tickets online.

Presenting sponsor is The Link 107.9 FM.

info: carolinarain.org. gaybingocharlotte.com. Alan Holmes, 704-973-9817.

Gospel comes to the Nickel

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte’s Praise Team will present “A Night of Gospel House” on Sept. 13, 6 p.m., at The Nickel Bar, 2817 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.

Attendees will be able to enjoy Gospel music while “getting your praise on.”

The church is located at 6151 Sharon Rd.

info: unccharlotte.org.

TOY hosts trans workshops

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Time Out Youth Center, 2320 N. Davidson St., will host two Transgender 101 Workshops on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The 10 a.m. session is geared toward service providers for the trans community. The 6 p.m. session will be open to any interested community member and will conclude with a youth panel, where attendees will have the opportunity to pose trans-specific questions to local youth.

Lead by Transgender Outreach Worker Parker Smith, the sessions will enable attendees to learn trans-inclusive language, and will receive a primer on gender and pronoun usage. They will also receive information on various social issues that affect trans people today, which include housing and employment discrimination, violence, and homelessness, organizers shared.

Each session will end with a Q&A period so allow attendees he opportunity to discuss what they have learned and ask questions. “This is an opportunity for learning more about the transgender community at large, as well as a chance to hear youth’s perspectives on being trans and the issues that they face. This is a great session for community members, parents, school staff or anyone who wants to increase their knowledge on how to be an ally to the transgender community,” said Smith.

Registration is requested.

info/registration: timeoutyouth.org. psmith@timeoutyouth.org. 704-344-8335 x 604.

Theatre event showcases stage tunes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Donna Scott Productions will present a series of theatre events designed to bring live theatre back to the Historic South End neighborhood of Charlotte in 2015.

On Sept. 19, 2 p.m., at the Charlotte Art League at 1517 Camden Rd., Scott, in collaboration with Theatre Charlotte’s Grand Nights for Singing, brings a one-show-only “Backwards Broadway” musical revue to the stage.

The show features gender-bending show tune presentations with men singing women’s parts and women singing men’s parts. It features popular, talented artists from across the Queen City.

This event is co-produced with Historic South End and made possible in part with a grant from the Arts and Science Council.

“We’re thrilled to be offering theatre where there was none previously and to be doing it with the support of both local South End businesses and Charlotte’s visual artists. Collaborating and paving a way for other theatre companies to produce and extend their brand here is the next natural step,” Scott shared.

The event is free and open to the public as a part of the Arts and Science Council’s Connect with Culture event series which runs from Sept. 16-19.

info: donnascottproductions.com.

Org hosts yoga time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign North Carolina will hit the mat with its annual HER HRC Yoga: OM for Equality event on Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., at Okra Yoga Studio, 1912 Commonwealth Ave.

Enjoy an evening of yoga and stay for beverage service afterward provided by Pint Central.

Tickets are $15 and are available online.

info/tickets: action.hrc.org.

Church outreach visits McCreesh Place

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Myers Park Baptist Church’s outreach ministry will visit McCreesh Place, 2120 N. Davidson St., at 12 p.m. on Sept. 26 and is seeking church and community volunteers to share lunch and fellowship with its residents.

McCreesh Place is Charlotte’s first single-room occupancy facility for homeless men who are physically, developmentally or mentally disabled. It was named for Fr. Eugene McCreesh, SJ, who championed the homeless and worked for inclusivity for the LGBT community within church life. He was often seen at the bedsides of dying HIV/AIDS patients and offered last rights to those whom were receptive.

info: mpbconline.org.

LGBT exhibit slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A queer history exhibit and reception, “Publicly Identified: Coming Out Activist in the Queen City,” will be held on Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Student Union Art Gallery and Rotunda, 9201 University City Blvd. The event will feature the official naming ceremony for the collection.

Selections from the LGBTQ archive house at J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections will be featured throughout September. The history project spans more than 50 years of collective history.

The evening includes brief remarks and light hors d’oeuvres.

info: joshua.burford@uncc.

Guild shares communication tips

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild will host its “Common Sense Communication” program on Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m., at Wadsworth Estate, Carriage House, 400 S. Summit Ave.

Learn how to effectively communicate on all platforms utilizing best practices as they apply to email, telephone, face-to-face and social media.

Panelists will be Jenifer Daniels, founder, Good+SmartCo; David Jessup, Jr., founder, Digi-Bridge; and Corri Smith, owner, Black Wednesday Social Co.

RSVP to facebook.com/events/968663959833428/.

info: charlottebusinessguild.org.

County named White grant recipient

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mecklenburg County was named a recipient of the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act federal grant on Sept. 2 at Neil C. Cooksey Sr. Public Health Center, 249 Billingsley Rd.

Chair Trevor M. Fuller, Dr. Marcus Plescia and other dignitaries, in addition to U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (12th Dist.-D) were there to make the announcement.

The center provides HIV-related health and support services to a seven-county region.

info: mecklenburgcountync.gov.

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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.