Benefit planned

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A concert benefit for Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP), featuring David Troy Francis, will be held on Jan. 31, 4:15 p.m., at Asheville Country Club, Pisgah Ballroom and Emerald Lounge, 170 Windsor Rd.

Francis is an award-winning talent as a creator and composer. He will be accompanied by Carol Duermit.

Attendees will be able to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine beginning at 3 p.m., along with a chance to mingle after the concert.

To purchase tickets, call 828-252-7489 or visit the WNCAP website and follow the link to the donation page. Select “Piano Concert 1/31/16” category and buy tickets for $100 each.


Mountains welcome Graff

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Singing in Sacred Circles will be held on Feb. 13, 2 p.m., at Senior Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St.

The women’s event is an “opportunity to look into your sister’s eyes and share voice and spirit through song. While learning short, repetitive women-centered and earth-based chants, power rises from the center of the circle as all voices create an energy that is empowering, loving, healing and transformative. This opportunity is intended to allow women, regardless of singing experience, to share their voices in a non-competitive, relaxed safe space.”

Admission is $10-20 sliding scale via cash or check. No pre-registration is required. Organizers said that no woman would be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information, email


Center seeks funds

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Blue Ridge Pride Center, 121 College St., is seeking contributions to help offset a significant shortfall as a result of its rain-drenched Pride event on Oct. 3, 2015.

They estimated a $16,500 loss and are currently holding a $16.50 fundraiser to help the organization dig out of the loss and ready it for the 2016 event.

At press time, they had raised $1,311, seven percent of the goal.

Contributions can be made online through the organization’s website or by check via snail mail at Blue Ridge Pride Center, P.O. Box 2044, Asheville, NC 28802.


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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.