Band opens season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Pride Band will hold its first concert of the 2014-15 season, “Ticklin’ Toes,” on Nov. 1, 5 p.m., at Heaton Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd.

The trip takes a trip back to the 1910s with music of the era including tunes from Gilbert & Sullivan and John Philip Sousa.

Tickets are $13 and are available online or at the door.


Frat fundraiser approaches

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chi Psi Omega will hold its Fire Ball on Nov. 1, 7 p.m., at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S. Summit Ave.

This “masquerade affair” semi-formal benefit will give its proceeds to One Community Cares, the fraternity’s homeless awareness and support initiative. One Community Cares is a homeless awareness and support initiative launched in the fall of 2011 to provide hygiene packages with basic necessities to the homeless community. The fraternity has distributed over 2,000 care packages between Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store, Women and Children’s Shelter and the Men’s Shelter in Charlotte over the course of three years.

Entertainment will be provided by Monica Raye and Roni and Angela, along with music by DJ Twist.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, catered by Nate Turner’s Your Custom Catering & Events, and an open bar will be available with beer and wine, along with the signature Chi Psi Omega drink, The Phoenix.

A raffle and silent auction will also take place.

Attendees are asked to bring new toiletry items, such as deodorant, all-in-one shampoo and conditioner and body lotion.

Tickets are $45/early bird advance, $55/advance and are available online.

Xi Epsilon Tau Sorority, Inc., Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and Tee Norman of RedFrog are event sponsors. To learn more about becoming a logo sponsor, email


Guild seeking sponsors for gala

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Business Guild has announced that is is looking for sponsors for its Pride in Business Gala & Awards event, “Taking Our Seat at the Table,” slated for Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., at an Uptown Charlotte location.

Sponsorships enable the guild to continue its work in the community to champion and support LGBT businesses and individuals, as well as make the gala a success.

“The annual Gala is in its third year and has been a huge success in terms of introducing the community to local resources that assist with small business sustainability, networking and corporate responsibility in regards to equality and diversity,” President Chad Sevearance said via email.

Sponsorship rates are: $3,000/presenting; $1,500/founder; $800/visionary; $400/entrepreneur; $200/innovator; and $100/supporter. Email Sevearance at to learn more and to receive a sponsorship packet detailing each giving opportunity.


Seniors to take cruise

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Prime Timers Charlotte will be heading to the high seas from Jan. 17-24, 2015, when they board Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas. And, they will be taking their friends and family with them, too!

The seven-night western Caribbean cruise will leave Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 17. First stop on the itinerary is Cozumel, Mexico, followed by George Town, Grand Cayman, Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City, Belize and back to Tampa on Jan. 24.

Early-bird pricing begins at $345 for inside passage up to $734 for balcony accommodations. A deposit of $250 is required to book a spot. Port charges are $175 plus taxes and fees of $99.45 per person additional. Final payment is due by Oct. 28.

All meals and entertainment on board are included, as well as special fun group activities provided by Courtland Travel and its escorts.

Call 800-437-9685 to check for cruise space availability and to book reservations.


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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.