Tennis tourney announced

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Crape Myrtle Tennis Classic will be held Oct. 3-5 at Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Rd., and nearby Raleigh Racquet Club, 5516 Falls of Neuse Rd.

Play will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 3. Finals will take place on Oct. 5.

Hosted by the Triangle Tennis Club, this is the 11th year of match play and has had participants come from across the U.S. as well as Europe. It follows United States Tennis Association guidelines, but is superseded by the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association rule book. Its founder is Scott Kauffman. Tournament director is Jeff Strickland.

Matches are divided into divisions, including ones for ranked players, split, and age. Draw sizes and women’s draw information is available online, along with other information about all divisions.

A waiting list will be maintained if the number of entrants exceeds tournament slots.

Entry fee is $95. Early bird applications are due by Aug. 29 which entitles those who qualify to enter a raffle for an fee entry. Final deadline to enter is Sept. 22.


HRC heads back to school

DURHAM, N.C. — A HRC U! volunteer information event will be held on Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m., at Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St.

Attendees will be able to learn more about how to volunteer to champion LGBT equality and meet Human Rights Campaign leaders from the Triangle. Additionally, a history of HRC will be shared, along with its programs and projects, upcoming community programs and volunteer opportunities.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Online RSVP is requested.


Church hosts dialogue

GARNER, N.C. — The North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church will hold its unity dialogue on Sept. 16, 2 p.m., at the church’s district office at 700 Waterfield Ridge Pl.

The conference will begin with a brief Communion service. Afterward, The Rev. Carol Goehring will welcome participants, as well as provide introductions, presentation of the Revised Provisional Purpose and guidelines for participation.

“The purpose of The Unity Dialogue is to equip the saints to listen to, and to speak, the truth in love about difficult topics, particularly regarding the church and homosexuality,” organizers said.

A list of guidelines will be read so that everyone will understand how the dialogue portion of the conference will unfold.

At 2:45 p.m., Rev. Goehring will preside over The Dialogue. This includes: public reading of “A Plea for Unity in The United Methodist Church;” a look at why the plea was so strongly approved by the 2014 Session of the North Carolina Annual Conference; how to understand the plea as it related to The Baptismal Covenant and faithfulness to Christ and His church; what it would mean to believe that the church is more about covenant than choice; and looking at what one’s responsibility in the church is today.

The conference will end with assignments for the next meeting which will be held on Nov. 11 at the same location.


Theatre to mount classics

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., will present “Xanadu.”

A musical, “Xanadu” tells the tale of Greek muse Kira as she descends from Mt. Olympus’ heaven to Venice Beach, Calif., to inspire a struggling artist.

Tickets are $17/adult, $14/student and $14/senior and are available online.

The southern classic “Steel Magnolias” follows from Oct. 10-26.

This play explores the joys and sorrows of a group of women as they traverse life’s landscape. It is directed by Tim Locklear.

In 2015, the theatre will mount “The Children’s Hour” from March 13-29 and  “RENT” from April 24-May 10.

“The Children’s Hour” is a dramatic presentation written by Lillian Hellman that centers around two women who run a school for girls. A rumor leads to serious consequences for the women as they deal with issues of lesbianism.

“RENT” is an LGBT community pop culture staple. It’s narrative explores the lives of a number of youth living in New York’s Lower East Side.

Auditions for the two 2015 offerings will be held this January 2015. Check the website for dates and times.


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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.