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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride brings its 4th Annual Gay 5K and inaugural Doggie FunDay to the High Country on July 12 at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd.

Race registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the event begins at 8:45 a.m. Advance registration is available online.

At 10:30 a.m., registration for the Dog Costume Parade kicks off, with the parade taking place at 11 a.m. Prizes for best dog costume will be awarded at 11:45 a.m.

A community potluck will be held at 12 p.m. Community members are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Hot dogs, veggie dogs, chips and drinks will be provided by Blue Ridge Pride with contributions to the developing Pride Center of the Blue Ridge. The Hop will scoop up ice cream.

From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., kids will be able to participate in tie dye activities. Children’s shirts will be provided, but adults must provide their own. Local animal groups and shelters will be on hand and will showcase pups available for adoption.


Beach party planned

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A beach party themed event, hosted by Dance Divas, will be held on July 19, 7:30 p.m., at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St.

DJ Linda will spin tunes. Beach Bum Betty will provide snacks. A cash bar will be available.

Attendees are encouraged to wear beach attire. After 9 p.m., participants can gain free entry to Scandals with a stamp from the bartender.

Admission is $10.


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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.