Benefit slated for ASO

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Jam for Care will be held on Oct. 13, 6 p.m., at Wild Wing Cafe, 109 W Main St.

The event is a benefit to support Piedmont Care Inc. and its HIV prevention programs. A silent auction will take place at the Jam for Care.

Performers schedule to appear are Teresa DeGeer, Scott Williams, Melinda Moretz, Joe Boscia, Ray Dunleavy, Matt Roper, David Rice, Henry Stein and Catherine and Dirk Schlingmann.

Sponsorships are available.

Tickets are $35 and are available in advance or at the door.

info: 864-582-7773.

Rights campaign partnership forged

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, 210 Henry Pl., Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Spartanburg welcomes SC Equality as it brings its Know Your Rights initiative presentation to the Upstate.

SC Equality says that as both politics and attitudes continue to evolve around the state and country, the campaign brings up-to-date information about what one can do to protect oneself and loved ones. Topics covered are: relationship recognition and protection; non-discrimination policies; safe and just schools; transgender inclusion; and hate crime and violence prevention.

PFLAG Spartanburg meeting are a safe place to meet and confidential.


Women’s retreat upcoming

CLEVELAND, S.C. — The Southeast Women’s Rhythm Retreat will be held from Sept. 25-27 at YMCA Camp Greenville, 4399 YMCA Camp Rd.

The event provides an opportunity for women of all ages, sizes, colors and backgrounds to come together in a celebration of rhythm and sisterhood. Activities such as drumming, dancing and singing will lead participants through a transformational experience. The mountain views, lakes, hiking trails and forested surroundings of Camp Greenville will also offer participants the opportunity to foster a deeper relationship with and appreciation for the beauty of nature.

Current activities planned for the retreat include African drumming and dance, Shekere playing, Taiko drumming, yoga, belly dancing and more.

Registration is required and is available online.


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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.