Festival seeks supporters

RALEIGH, N.C. — The 34th Annual Crape Myrtle Festival Grand Gala, “Unmasked, Remembering, Revealing, Evolving,” will be held on July 26, 7 p.m., at Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.

The evening will feature a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Dressy cocktail attire is recommended, along with a mask (a few may be available in limited quantity for those who need one for early arrivals).

Tickets are $35/advance online, $40/at the door, $25/students advance online and $30/students at the door.

info/tickets: crapemyrtlefest.org.

Center activities abound

RALEIGH, N.C. — The LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St., has kept pace with a plethora of activities this summer, including support and discussion groups, game nights, luncheon and dinner soirées, family-focused programming, literary offerings, mixers and more.

On July 23, SAGE will hold a screening and ice cream social at 7 p.m. Attendees will be able to view videos created as part of a grant that share significant events in volunteer subject’s lives. Ice cream sundaes will be served during intermission.

The center will welcome K.G. MacGregor, an award-winning lesbian romance author and North Carolina native, at a meet-the-author event on July 27 at 1 p.m. She will do a reading from her new novel, “Anyone But You.” A Q&A discussion and book signing will follow facilitated by local author D. Jackson Leigh.

info: lgbtcenterofraleigh.com.

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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.