Pride picnic nears

SHELBY, N.C. — Shelby Pride will hold a picnic on Aug. 29, 6 p.m., at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 502 W. Sumter St.

This is the second annual picnic for the organization. PFLAG Shelby serves as host.

Attendees can enjoy a live band, karaoke, games and a marriage recognition and celebration. Children can have fun with face painting and a slip ’n slide. Food trucks will be available from 6-8 p.m. for those who wish to purchase food items.


High Country set for dance

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A women’s dance hosted by ALPS will be held on Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St.

Deanna the DJ will spin tunes throughout the evening. Attendees will be able to enjoy snacks, filtered water and a cash bar.

Admission is $10. With a bartender’s hand stamp, participants can gain free access to Scandals downstairs afterward.


DineOUT around corner

BOONE, N.C. — High Country Pride’s DineOUT will take place on Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Meet new people and socialize while enjoying a casual meal. Email organizers for location details.

The group is also taking a “Come OUT and Play” road trip to the Virginia Creeper Trail on Sept. 12. Reservations are due by Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. Email reply will supply details and payment information.


Pride date announced

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride will be held from Oct.1-3 featuring pageants, festival, worship and celebrations.

Miss Blue Ridge Pride Pageant will take place on Oct. 2 at Scandals Night Club, 11 Grove St.

On Oct. 3, a Pride night will roll out at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

The 7th Annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival and After Dark Pride celebrations will take place on Oct. 4. The festival will be held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

Join the community for a worship service on Oct. 5.

Full time and locations will be available as organizers firm up their plans.

A lube wrestling benefit was held on Aug. 1 at O’Henry’s to raise funds for the festival.

Organizers are seeking sponsors, vendors and volunteers.

Vendor space is $175. Details on amenities and electrical requirements, etc., are available online.

Sponsorships are available from $500-$10,000. See the website for level benefits and registration.

For those who wish to volunteer, email


Foundation sets host date

HICKORY, N.C. — AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance has announced that its Dining for Friends event slated for Oct. 23 is open for party hosts.

Currently, a few individuals have signed up to participate, but ALFA hopes to secure more to help make the signature event a successful one.

Hosts invite friends to their homes or a special venue where the guests are asked to purchase their dinner for a contribution to ALFA. The soirees can be everything from ultra casual to high-brow formal.

The Roaring Twenties After-Party will be held at Warehouse 18, 18 2nd St. SE. Attendees will be able to enjoy food, live music, silent auction and more. Registration and information is available online.

Kayla Early has joined ALFA as its case management team’s part-time medical case manager. She had previously been an intern with the organization. Early received her B.S in community health from Lenior-Rhyne University.

Additionally, ALFA’s marketing team is searching for adult gay/bisexual men for a short survey that will give ALFA information to better their outreach efforts in those areas. A $1 donation will be made to ALFA’s food pantry for the first 100 participants. To join in, visit


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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.