Tea benefits ASO
LEXINGTON, N.C. — A High Tea and Fashion Show will be held on April 12, 3 p.m., at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center, 217 S. Main St.
This annual family-friendly event benefits Positive Wellness Alliance and is supported by The Adam Foundation.
Attendees will be able to enjoy food, fun and fashion from five local boutiques along with one designer.
Those featured are: Army/Navy Store, 14 North Main St. (Carhartt children’s clothing); The Bees Knees, 16 W. 2nd Ave. (clothing for children from birth to age five); Black Dog Emporium, 22 S.Main St. (vintage clothing); Southern Chic Salon and Boutique, 211 S. Main St. (urban southern style clothing); and Southern Sleek, 125 S. Main St. (trendy women’s clothing, embroidered children’s clothing and Southern T-shirts).
The Buttercup Cafe’s Mary Berrier from Denton, N.C., will serve high tea fare in full style.
Also in attendance will be Emmeline Photography who will be creating memories of the festivities.
Fine china sponsor is Edward Jones Schoonmaker, 155 W Center St., and Earl Gray sponsor is Breeden Insurance, 312 W. Center St.
Tickets are $20/adults over 18, $10/children 6-17 and free for those under 5 years of age. Visit eventbrite.com/e/pwa-high-tea-fashion-show-2015-tickets-16250832678 for advance purchases.
Center packed with events
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — North Star LGBT Community Center, 704 Brookstown Ave., has announced a plethora of events for its members and friends over the next several weeks.
On April 10, transgender singer/songwriter Eli Conley will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the center. He will be joined by local transgender musician Adam Plant who will open the evening’s program. Admission is $10 at the door.
The following day, there will be an LGBT youth group fun day from 1-3 p.m. Included are members of high school GSAs. Pizza and games will be provided for this social outlet.
The center will hold Potluck with a Purpose on April 25 at 12 p.m. This new initiative is a combination of social time along with lectures or workshops for the LGBT community. It will lead off with “Emotional Intelligence” as the topic.
On May 24, 4 p.m., a Memorial Day Spring Fling will be held at Lasater Mill House, 7951 Lasater Rd., in Clemmons, N.C. Attendees will be able to enjoy music, food, cash bar and fun while being part of a fundraiser for the center.
Maxine Nightingale and Suitcase will be the featured performers.
A $25 contribution is requested at the door or online in mid-April.
Scholarship apps due
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Equality Winston-Salem announced that application for the Kevin Jennings Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship is due by April 15 at 5 p.m.
Monies go to deserving student applicants who use the funds to help offset the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and/or other college expenses.
Criteria for consideration are for students who have shown leadership and vision in a GSA at their school or in the general LGBT community if no alliance exists within the school, the organization said. It will award up to $3,500 this year. An in-person interview may be part of the selection process.
Selection will be made by May 4. Recipients will be notified by an organization representative.
The scholarship was established in 2013 and was renamed in 2015 for activist Jennings for his generosity and to acknowledge his struggles during his teens in the 1970s in Forsyth County and Winston-Salem. He went on to found GLSEN and also served as assistant deputy secretary of education in President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009.
‘Matters’ day observed
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On April 2, this Triad town joined in “Everyone Matters Day” that promoted acceptance and inclusivity throughout the community.
LGBT organizations that took part sent representatives from North Star LGBT Community Center, Equality Winston-Salem and Interfaith WS. They spent time distributing stickers and promoting the initiative. Other participants were Winston Under 40, Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council, Winston-Salem Urban League Young Professionals, Hispanic League and College Advisory Board.
The program is part of a nationwide movement. It states: “We encourage acceptance of others and ourselves as we all are — and celebrating everyone’s individuality and uniqueness! Everyone has the right to be who they are — without ridicule or judgment.”
Schools, businesses, local governments, celebrities and others participate annually.
Foundation’s grant season opened
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Adam Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is now accepting grant applications. The deadline is April 30.
The Foundation raises money in the community and distributes those funds to local agencies as grants in accordance with its mission statement.
Complete details on eligibility and guidelines are available online. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film screenings approaching
WINSTON-SALEM — Out at the Movies Winston-Salem will screen the fantasy/musical comedy “Were the World Mine” on April 11, 7 p.m., at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ ACE Theatre, 1533 S. Main St.
The movie tells the story of a bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school who uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to turn many in his community gay, including a hunky rugby player for himself.
On May 9, the group will bring “Morgan” for viewing at the ACE Theatre at 7 p.m.
Newly paraplegic Morgan Oliver just wants his life to be like it was before the accident. A chance encounter with Dean Kagen on a basketball court makes Morgan more determined that being in a wheelchair will not change him. Dean supports Morgan when he decides to enter as a wheelchair competitor in the same bike race that took his ability to walk. But, when Morgan risks his life to win and Dean walks out, he is pushed to the brink, teetering between what he wants and needs.
Tickets for either showing is $7/regular, $6/seniors and students, and will be available in the lobby beginning at 6:15 p.m.
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