Lesbian theologian to speak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lesbian feminist theologian the Rev. Dr. Carter Heywood will visit St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. Seventh St., on Jan. 18. Services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Heyward will speak at both. She will also teach a class at 9:15 a.m.

Heyward was one of the first women to be ordained into the Episcopal priesthood, and St. Martin’s is her home parish. The speaking engagement marks the 40th anniversary of her ordination.

info: 704-376-8441.

— Matt Comer

Town group has soiree

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Out on the Town affinity group from Blumenthal Performing Arts Center will host a post-show party after seeing the Disney musical production of “Newsies” on Jan. 8, 9:30 p.m., at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St.

An RSVP is required by email to bcarter@ncbpac.org.

For those who are not members, simply send an email to outonthetown@ncbpac.org with name, email address and address.

Although the performance appears to be sold out at press time, tickets may still be available for the performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theatre, but purchasers should visit the website or call the theater to find out more.

info: ncbpac.org. 704-372-1000.

— Lainey Millen

Boaters elect officers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The One World Dragon Boat team has recently elected new officers for the coming year.

Those who will serve on the executive leadership team in 2015 are: Jan Maynard, president; Jackie Eskew, secretary; Maggie Stewart, treasurer; and Johanna Drost-Mitchell, member at large.

With the exception of the membership committee, which Drost-Mitchell chairs, opportunities are available for members to serve the organization in the areas of marketing, fundraising, social media and entertainment.

The crew has a new boat that was named Triumph.

info: oneworlddragonboat.org.

— Lainey Millen

Guild sets gala date

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Business Guild’s “A Giving Gala & Awards Ceremony” will be held on March 21, 7:30 p.m., at Label House, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Suite B6.

Attendees will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, an elegant dinner and cash bar.

Special guests include Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, and Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield.

Jessica Milicevic will keep the evening’s program lively as she serves as emcee.

The Tenya Coleman Quartet will provide the entertainment, along with a house DJ.

There are two ticket options to choose from. VIP costs, which comes with parking, cocktail hour room, and seating, are $95/member, $110/non-member, $155/member couple, $180/non-member couple, $75/senior-veteran-military, $60/student, $555/member full table of eight and $655/non-member full table of eight. Regular cost is $70/member, $85/non-member, $130/member couple, $155/non-member couple, $50/senior-veteran-military, $35/student, $530/member full table of eight and $630/non-member full table of eight.

Sponsorships are now being sought for the event. The six levels are: presenting, $3,000; founder, $1,500; visionary, $800; entrepreneur, $400; innovator, $200; and $100, supporter. More detailed information is available online.

info/tickets: charlottebusinessguild.org.

— Lainey Millen

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