Center seeks survey participants

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., has launched its annual engagement survey.

The center’s executive director, James Miller, is encouraging community members to give important feedback on the center’s operations and programming saying, “We can only make it better with your input!”

The survey takes 10 minutes or less to complete and helps the organization make better plans for the year ahead.

Visit to participate.


Fest’s gala around corner

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Crape Myrtle Festival (CMF) has announced that its 33rd Annual CMF Grand Gala will be held on July 27, 7-11 p.m., at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Lobby, 2 E. South St.

This has been a record-breaking year for CMF and they continue to welcome contributions and volunteerism to maintain the work it provides for the community.

A silent auction will be held to help raise funds for CMF. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Dana St. James, Michelle Warren, Marilyn Merlot and other Drag Brunch performers will be on hand to entertain.

Chairs for the event are Kurt Hurelbrink and Dan Woodard.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Students can attend for $20.


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