ALFA presents awards

HICKORY, N.C. — AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA) held its volunteer awards reception on May 2 at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, 29 2nd St. NW.

Presentations were made to: Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, Distinguished Business Philanthropist; Ariel Mitchell, youth volunteer; Abdullah Muhammed, Angel Award; Brenda Watts, consumer advocate volunteer; Karen Lowe, Candlelight Award; Bryan Spencer, distinguished board member; and Lisa Hamby, Steve Yount Memorial Award.

Special awards were also given to ALFA Food Pantry sponsors Hobie McMillan, Hickory Soup Kitchen, Unifour Christian Fellowship Church, Rick Heavner and Christ’s Church of the Foothills.

ALFA said that “without all of our volunteers, ALFA could not accomplish its mission to improve the lives and health of those affected by HIV/AIDS while preventing transmission through education and testing.”

In other news, ALFA will hold its “Not Your Mama’s Bingo,” “Queenie in Wonderland,” on a new day and location on May 17, 8 p.m., at La Rumba Night Club, 534 U.S. Hwy. 70 SE.

Tickets are $20 and includes admission, game sheet and daubers. For an additional $5 participants can get a special 50/50 game sheet which is played for cash.


Women sing it up

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The season opening of Womansong, “Summer of Love: I Got the Music in Me,” will be June 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m., at Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd., in Mills River.

Music for the concert will feature 1960s and 1970s favorites, including selections by songwriters Carole King, Holly Near, Laura Nyro, Helen Reddy, Cris Williamson, John Lennon and Paul Simon.

Womansong is Asheville’s oldest and largest welcoming women’s community chorus. It will also feature two original pieces composed by chorus members.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit Womansong and its New Start Program and Unity’s Kindness Fund. New Start Program was designed to provide financial assitance to women in need in Western North Carolina.

Tickets are $15/advance, $18/at the door and $5 for children under 12.


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