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It might be a few more weeks before we completely start the warm-up toward our beautiful Carolina springtime, but local LGBT community members won’t be suffering from the doldrums when it comes to their social calendars. Take a look at some of our highlighted social events, activities, conferences and other happenings planned in the next few weeks.

March 21
TOY Mimosa Party
JB’s on the Greenway
2128 Greenway Ave., Charlotte
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Time Out Youth hosts a fundraising event while cheering on runners in the Elizabeth 8K Road Race. A donation gets you access to bottomless mimosas. In 2014, the event raised close to $10,000 for Time Out Youth. Event details are available online.

March 21
Equality NC Conference
Durham Technical Community College
1637 E. Lawson St., Durham
The AdvaNCe Equality Conference, hosted by Equality NC Foundation, is the largest gathering of LGBTQ activists in North Carolina. Conference keynoter includes North Carolina-native Jacob Tobia. Information and registration are available online.

March 21
Giving Gala
Label Charlotte
900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Suite B6, Charlotte
6:30 p.m.
The Charlotte Business Guild hosts its annual Giving Gala and Awards Ceremony, featuring speakers Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield and state Sen. Jeff Jackson. Entertainment by Tenya Coleman of the Tenya Coleman Quartet. Tickets start at $70 for members, with a range of options for students, couples and more. Information and tickets are available online.

March 28
Guilford Green Foundation
Gala & Green Party
Proximity Hotel, 704 Green Valley Rd., Greensboro
7 p.m.
It’s the “wedding reception we’ve been waiting for” touts organizers. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment and silent auction. Tickets are $150 before March 2 and $175 afterward.

March 28
Cindy Alexander
15239 Waterfront Dr., Huntersville
7 p.m.
Singer Cindy Alexander spends an evening with Different Roads Home at the Monteith Park Clubhouse. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Different Roads Home. $50 per person or $90 per couple donation. Open bar, food and live performance.

April 17-18
LGBT* in the South
Diana Wortham Theatre
2 S. Pack Square, Asheville
The Campaign for Southern Equality hosts their annual LGBT* in the South Conference, featuring Mandy Carter as a keynote speaker. Information and registration are available online.

April 18
The Founders’ Ball
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte
7:45 p.m.
Hearts Beat as One Foundation hosts its inaugural Founders’ Ball, featuring entertainment by Deborah Cox and co-chaired by City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, Mike Blackwelder and Tommy Feldman. Formal attire in a cocktail-style atmosphere benefitting Safe Alliance, Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Mecklenburg County and Autism Charlotte. Early bird tickets are $50 through March 23. Regular admission is $75. VIP early bird is $140. Information and tickets are available online.

— compiled by Matt Comer