The Jeanne White-Ginder Food Pantry at Different Roads Home is seeking contributions. Photo Credit: 135 pixels via Dollar Photo Club and

Food pantry accepting donations

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Jeanne White-Ginder Food Pantry, located at Different Roads Home, 2320 N. Davidson St. , is now taking in donations to assist its client base.

Items can be dropped off at the office during business hours.

Personal care list items are: single toothbrushes, toothpaste, single roll or 4-pack toilet tissue, single roll paper towels, laundry detergent, bar soap, dish soap (not dishwasher but for example Dawn liquid) and men’s or ladies disposable razors.

Grocery items include: dry cereal, peanut butter, jam or jelly, saltine crackers, instant rice, instant potatoes, stuffing mix, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, tuna fish in water, pork and beans, green beans, canned potatoes, corn, fruit cocktail, Jiffy muffin mix, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, chicken and dumplings in can and beef stew in can.

Of course, monetary contributions are always welcome.


Arts center honors Carolina artists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blumenthal Performing Arts has announced that it is honoring eight Carolina artists with original arts installments at Spirit Square, 345 North College St.

Selected from over 1,200 nominations, those chosen were poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, painter and writer Romare Bearden, “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer Dizzy Gillespie, actor Andy Griffith, bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs, singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone, and singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Angelou was a pro-gay supporter.

The project will continue through April. Local artists are painting columns at Spirit Square.


Chorus welcomes spring season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Voice Chorus will present their Spring concert, “Rite of Passage,” on April 2 at Sugar Creek Brewery, 215 Southside Dr., with two shows, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m.

The concert explores rites of passage, both humorous and serious, including those unique to the LGBT community, as well as those that are universal to the human experience. Both the full chorus and the auditioned ensemble, Sotto Voce, will share the concert stage.

Music featured on this program will range from a “Grease!” favorite, to multicultural choral works, to the premiere of a piece written specifically for One Voice Chorus.

Tickets are $20/seated and $10/standing. Seating (and standing) is limited, so purchase early.


LGBT-focused forum planned

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Alzheimer’s Association is facilitating an LGBT forum on April 13, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Selwyn Ave.

The morning will be filled with speakers and intentional discussions about the needs of LGBT older adults, their families of choice and issues related to equality, health and community services, organizers shared. It is being made possible through a grant from the Foundation of the Carolinas Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund.

A breakfast buffet and networking kickstarts the agenda, followed by regular programming. Attendees will be able to visit informational and resource tables.

Continuing Education Units are available for social workers, certified nursing assistants, adult care home administrators and activity directors.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend and seating is limited.


Faith conference slated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Second Annual Conference on Including LGBT People and Their Families in Faith Communities will be held on April 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 E. Fifth St.

The event, sponsored by Caldwell Presbyterian Church and PFLAG Charlotte and funded by the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, is designed to give inspiration, support and tools to individuals who want to work toward making their congregations more LGBT inclusive. A panel discussion will be led by clergy members who have been through the decision-making process with their congregations and/or denominations to provide an environment of openness and affirmation. A Q&A and small group sessions will be included in the day’s program.

Lunch will be provided. Admission is free and the LGBT and allied communities are invited.

info: 704-942-6857.

Fundraiser slated for PFLAG chapter

CONCORD, N.C. — A spring fundraiser dinner and concert to benefit Concord Kannapolis PFLAG will be held on April 16, 6 p.m., at McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Rd.

The family-friendly event will be catered by Fatz Café and desserts will be provided by Bowtie Bakery. Menu items are Calabash chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, roll, tea, lemonade and dessert.

Performing at 7 p.m. will be the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte.

The first annual Concord Kannapolis PFLAG Advocacy Award will be awarded during the evening’s program.

Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s efforts and education for LGBT youth and families in Cabarrus County.

Tickets are $10 and must be reserved in advance by the April 8 cutoff. Email to secure 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.