Gaston to host Pride event

GASTONIA, N.C. — Gaston Pride will be held from Sept. 12-14 at various locations around the county.

The committee has put together a full program diverse activities for the first-ever festivities for the Gaston area that celebrates pride among supporters, allies, friends and family members.

On Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., a “Love is Love’ walk will transpire from Boyd St. to Arts on Main, 212 W. Main Ave. The visual display of love and peace will utilize cut out hearts, red and/or pink balloons and more. Supportive clergy, community members, LGBT individuals and their friends and family will be encouraged to participate. Following the walk, at 6 p.m., an opening ceremony will take place with special guests and dignitaries, along with a reception immediately after the ceremony.

On Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m., at  Zoe’s at 170 S. South St. #103B, enjoy coffee and discussion with Dr. Amy Sifford as she discusses “The heart of an advocate.” At noon, tour the Arts on Main facility and view local art work.

Jim Kellogg will serve as facilitator at 2 p.m., Freeman’s Pub at 173 W. Main Ave., for “Prose with Pride,” where participants can share their favorite prose and literary passages.

At 6 p.m., head on out to the Dutch treat celebration dinner. The location was not available at press time. Afterward, at 7 p.m. at Zoe’s, sit back and enjoy beer and hymns at Zoe’s, sponsored by Open Hearts Gathering. Stay to see a drag show at 10 p.m.

On Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m., community members will assemble at Lineberger Park, 632 E Garrison Blvd., for a family picnic. The picnic shelter is located by the side entrance closest to the restrooms. Bring picnic fare and drinks for a fun-filled afternoon featuring music, games, face painting, arts and crafts and more.

Gaston Pride comes to completion at 3 p.m., with an inter-faith Pride service.

There is no attendance charge and the events are open to the general public.

The Gaston Pride committee has already commenced its planning for next year’s event. They hope to expand the venue and include a festival and a parade. They are seeking volunteers from business, faith and youth communities to allow for more inclusiveness and representation.

info: 704-953-8529.

Lend a chorus voice

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Voice Chorus is gearing up for its 25th anniversary season. And, they are opening up early September rehearsals to those who are aspiring chorus singers to visit to sing along. No auditions are required.

The chorus is having a rehearsal kickoff on Sept. 2 and 9, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd. for its “Ghosts of Christmas Past” holiday concert. Rehearsals continue on Tuesdays throughout the concert season.


Men’s chorus seeks participants

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte is now accepting new singers for its upcoming season.

Open rehearsals are on Sept. 8, 15 and 22, 7 p.m., at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St.

Try the group out and see if it’s the right fit. There is no obligation or commitment, just a welcoming group of men who are “out to change the world” while having fun doing it.

The season begins on Dec. 12 for three performances of “Sleighbells & Sunscreen” holiday show at St. Martin’s. The annual black tie event, “Forté,” will take place on March 21, 2015, and “Dancing with Dorothy” rounds out the season on May 6, both at Center Stage @ NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St.

info: 704-549-9202.

Roller Girls skate for charity

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Roller Girls will participate in a double header charity bout on Sept. 6, 6 p.m., at the Grady Cole Center, 301 N. Kings Dr.

The Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars will take to the track to battle against the Atlanta Apocalypstix and the Charlotte Roller Girls B Dazzlers will go head-to-head with the Greenville Derby Dames in the last home bouts of the season.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $11/adult, $7/children 6-12 and $9/adult group of 10 or more   and are available online or at The Common Market (Plaza Midwood, 2007 Commonwealth Ave. or South End, 1515 S. Tryon St.), Sleepy Poet Antique Mall (4450 South Blvd.) or 9 Round (1412 East Blvd.).


Seniors monthly meeting nears

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Aging Solutions Dinner for LGBT seniors will be held on Sept. 15, 7 p.m., at Pace, 6133 The Plaza (note: this location was changed from the Flying Biscuit after the print edition went to press).

The meeting will center around reports on the accomplishments of the organization over the last month. Committee progress reports will be shared.

Elder participants are encouraged to bring a guest with them to the meeting.

RSVP deadline is requested by Sept. 12 by 5 p.m.


PFLAG welcomes guest

CONCORD, N.C. — Concord/Kannapolis Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will welcome Linda Stroupe, the organization’s regional director, at their Oct. 14 meeting at 5:30 p.m.

RSVPs are requested by Sept. 8 to allow organizers to select a suitable location for the numbers who will attend.

Cost will be $10-15 depending upon one’s menu selection.


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