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RALEIGH — Chocolate Lovers Meetup has scheduled some fun-filled events over the next few weeks.

Join them on Jan. 24 as they take an afternoon hike at William B.. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave. at 2 p.m. They will be jaunting along Sal’s Branch Trail which is 2.75 miles and is in the easy/moderate difficulty range. The hike will take approximately 90 minutes and will be graced with remnants of days passed — stone bridges, picnic grills built by farmers and old roadbeds. Attendees are asked to dress appropriately for the expected weather conditions, invited to wear comfortable shoes and encouraged to bring a water bottle.

In the event of inclement weather, this event may be cancelled. Visit the group’s site to be included in the email notification.

Next up is an afternoon on Feb. 7 at North Carolina State watching the women’s basketball team match up against Virginia Tech at Reynolds Coliseum, 2411 Dunn Ave., at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7. Parking is free.

For more information, visit meetup.com/GBLT-Chocolate-Affair/calendar.

On Jan. 17, the group had an opportunity to see “Don’t Go,” an independent LGBT film featuring young, diverse groups of friends living and working in Los Angeles at the Durham County Library Main Branch in honor of MLK Weekend. This film

Afterward, during a live webcast, participants were able to do a Q&A with the director, Amber Sharp, and cast. Among the cast members was Jamora McDuffie, a Durham native.

They also took the opportunity to view the short film, “Dream in Color,” as a paring with the screening. This short dealt with sexuality and gender in the African-American community.

For more information about the film, visit dontgotheseries.com and for McDuffie, visit janora-mcduffie.com.

Sing it out

DURHAM — A private Valentine’s Blast will be held on Feb. 2 on “the other side” at Steel Blue, 1426 S. Miami Blvd., at 8 p.m. as a benefit for Common Woman Chorus. A contribution of $10 is suggested.

The group had a kickoff potluck for new and returning performers on Jan. 12 at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. It’s first open rehearsal was on Jan. 19. The next open rehearsal will take place in September.

To make a contribution or for more information, email infocwc@yahoo.com or visit commonwomanchorus.net.

This article was published in the Jan. 23 — Feb. 5 print edition.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.