North Star LGBT Community Center will move into its new space in mid-June.

Center gets new digs

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The North Star LGBT Community Center is moving to new space at 930 Burke St. over the weekend of June 12-14.

The move will give the center more visibility and will enable it to better serve the community.

Volunteers are being sought to help facilitate the move and to set up the new space. Email to learn more.

The center is open on Tuesday, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday, 1-5 p.m., and every first and third Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Freedom 2 Be AA/NA groups meet on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

On June 6, 3 p.m., an organizational meeting to establish the Triad’s first LGBT photography group which is open to all levels of photographers and equipment types. For more information, email or call George Dukes at 336-403-7728.

A benefit concert for the center is being held on June 7, 1 p.m., at Twin City Hive, 301 Brookstown Ave. It is sponsored by Piedmont Triad New Thought Gathering. Mary Melaga, Robert Rominger, Alex Komen, Michelle Sevacko, Brad Bennett and others will perform.

And, on June 14, 4 p.m., Philip J. Kerns will hold a Tribute to Phoebe Snow at the Luna Lounge and Tiki Bar, 701 Trade St. Kerns was previously married to Snow. He is an out singer/songwriter who was in the limelight until he achieved sobriety. He lives in Winston-Salem, N.C. Kern will share his personal stories and will perform songs recorded by the Grammy Award winning Snow.

The salute to human rights performance benefits the center. Suggested contribution is $5. For $10, one can be included in a raffle for Snow’s CDs.


Bingo takes to the beach

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford Green Foundation and Heritage Greens will stretch out on the sand when the bring their Beach Blanket Bingo to the Triad on July 31, 6:30 p.m., at Elm Street Center, 203 S. Elm St.

Mary K Mart, along with other guest stars and entertainment, will call the letter/number combinations.

Enjoy drinks with the Queens and Kings at 6 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15/online and $20/at the door.


Church holds farewell celebration

WINSTON-SALEM — Metropolitan Community Church Winston-Salem, 4105 Patsy Dr., will hold a day-long celebration as a way of bidding farewell to Rev. Ron LaRocque on June 14.

Festivities begin with worship services at 11 a.m., with a potluck in the fellowship hall immediately afterward. At 3 p.m., a service of celebration will take place with a special community choice performing. A quick rehearsal will be held at 2 p.m. for those who wish to take part. Email Monica Douthit at if interested.


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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.