Big Top bingo slated

HICKORY , N.C.— ALFA and HG Fitness will bring the next installment of Not Your Mama’s Bingo, The Circus: Under A Big Top, on Sept. 18 to the Catawba Valley area.

The Bingo Bunch recently met to begin the process of staging the event.

“One of the most important part of the process is possibly selecting the theme for each Bingo,” said ALFA Board member and Bingo Liaison Thom Hutchens. “Staging these events is a cooperative effort between the Not Your Mama’s Bingo BVD’s (Bingo Verifying Divas), HG Fitness group and ALFA,” he added.

“The BVDs select their character, pick the music to accompany their act and then are cut loose to present their character as creatively as possible,” commented David Zealy, the BVD leader and NYMB coordinator.

While following guidelines for North Carolina sanctioned bingo games, the NYMB goes one better in always presenting a full musical show.

“A new and easier ticket purchase process will be implemented very soon,” shared Megg Lail, ALFA director of programs and events. “We sold out the last Bingo, and hope to do the same for September,” Lail added.

The location, time and ticketing process will be available soon.


Celebration on SCOTUS continues

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Lesbian Social Club will keep the celebration going on the June 26 SCOTUS marriage equality decision with an all-day event on July 11 at Queen Bee Farm, 31 Toms Rd., in Candler, N.C. Enjoy water sports, drumming circle and a dip in the creek. Directions and other information is available online.

In other news, the club is currently participating in “Overcoming Anger: Keeping Cool When Things Get Hot” meditation series at ACK Institute of Martial Arts, 1408A Patton Ave., from July 5-19 at 7 p.m.

Classes include a introduction, guided breathing exercise and prayer, followed by teaching time and a Q&A session. It ends with prayers for world peace. Instructor is Sharon Lovich, a Buddhist teacher.

Cost is $10/regular, $5/students and senior. ACK member are admitted free. Drop-ins are welcome.

On July 19, 2 p.m., a diversity discussion group will convene at Eats and Treats Cafe, 204 Weaverville Rd.


Dance set for mid month

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Dance Divas will host The Beach! women’s dance on July 11, 7:30 p.m., at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St.

Attendees are encouraged to wear beach attire while dancing the evening away to tunes spun by DJ Esella. Favorite music selections can be sent to Esella by July 5 to be placed in the mix.

Tropical decor and beach-themed snacks will be provided, along with filtered water and a cash bar.

Admission is $10. For those who want to continue the party after the dance event, get a hand stamp from the bartender to gain entrance to Scandals downstairs.


Party benefit set

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville White Party will be held on July 31, 7:30 p.m., at Asheville Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St.

Enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and more at the annual circuit party.

The event benefits Loving Foods Resources and is presented by Blue Ridge Pride.

Additional details are still being formulated by the organizers and will be available soon including ticket purchase and cost.


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