Benefit to aid homeless

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Womansong, a community chorus founded in 1987, is holding a benefit concert on Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., at the Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St.

This choral presentation will help to raise funds for Homeward Bound, a non-profit that helps to end homelessness by moving people into their own apartments and providing the support they need to say in housing.

Selections for the concert include pieces from songwriters Carole King, Laura Nyro, Cris Williamson, Lennon and McCartney, Paul Simon and more.

Tickets are $18/adult, $10/children under 15.


BLURP hosts Pride event

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride will be held on Oct. 5, 12-7 p.m., at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

The day features an all-new adult fun zone, an all-access catered VIP area and expanded footprint including Spruce St. and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel property.

The main stage will feature hilarious, zany and the talented entertainers. Slated are reggae/Jamacian/ska beats from Common Foundation. Porch 40’s southern funk rock sounds will ignite into foot stomping and dancing tempos. The electric violin twins Stephen and Jeff Neil of Synergy will bring their diverse tunes to the stage. Asheville’s Right Right Band will energize the audience with an eclectic blend of various musical styles. And, Bobby Jo Valentine, a singer/songwriter, rounds out the offerings with his soul-searching melodies.

Additionally, Natalie Smalls Productions rocks it out with a rousing drag spectacular.

The Youth Pride area will offer children and families a non-alcoholic area to enjoy children’s entertainment, craft activities, games and more.

Limited VIP passes are $40 and are available until sold out. These entitle the holder to and meet and greet on Oct. 4 at the host hotel. Afterward, a kick-off party will be held at Club Hairspray, 38 N. French Broad Ave. On festival day, get front-row viewing of the stage, as well as complimentary beer, wine and beverages and catered food. Get unlimited use to the adult fun zone (with ID bracelet), featuring silent disco, karaoke, mechanical bull rides and more. Get treated like royalty with private restroom access and hand washing station inside the VIP area. Lastly, use the VIP pass for free entry to Club Hairspray, Scandals Nightclub, 11 Grove St., and O.Henry’s and The UnderGround, 237 Haywood St. Only 100 passes will be sold. Passes are available online.

It’s disco time after Pride. Dance the night away after Blue Ridge Pride at 7 p.m. at The Timos House, 5 Biltmore Ave. Attendees will be able to enjoy the sounds of disco to keep the party spirit going.

Want to get the party started early? Then head out to the Blue Ridge Pride Pageant at Scandals, on Sept. 29 at 10 p.m.

Volunteers are still needed to support the festival and its activities. Participants will receive a T-shirt, two drink tickets and an invitation to the volunteer party on Nov. 8.

Those who work the wrist band and beer/wine tents must complete the BARS (responsible sellers) training. Email to learn more. Volunteers selling beer and wine must 21 years old.


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Potluck and stories featured for NCOD

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — “How did your closet door open?” — a vegetarian potluck and coming out stories event — will be held on Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., at The Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St., on the eve of National Coming Out Day.

Bring a vegetarian dish, stories and comments one wishes to share for the open mic portion of the program.

For those individual or groups who would like to submit a story for the event, email Neil Garson at

Potluck begins at 6:30 p.m., with storytelling and open mic at 7 p.m.

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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.