CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Pride Band (final name to be decided) is a new concert band formed primarily of members of the Charlotte area LGBT community and is open to all adults by audition.

CPB is currently operating under an interim music director and is seeking a permanent one. This is a volunteer position. The band is seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to lead the group. Interested individuals should submit information to the search committee by Feb. 28, including an outline of education, experience, references and vision for the band. After reviewing submissions, the search committee will schedule interviews and conducting auditions.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings. For a copy of the position description and for more information about the selection process, email

For more information on the band itself, call Band Manager Don Niehus at 704-649-8853, email or visit

Time for prayer and walking

CHARLOTTE — The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS Service will be held on March 12 at Little Rock AME Zion, 401 N. McDowell St.

The event is a gathering of people of faith to educate every American about HIV prevention facts; encourage and support HIV testing; advocate for the availability of compassionate care and treatment for all those living with the disease in every community in America; and love unconditionally all persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

For more details on the initiative, visit

Additionally, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) has announced the date of its AIDS Walk Charlotte 2010. Join community members on May 1 at Gateway Village Atrium, 800 W. Trade St. to show support and help raise needed monies to keep programming alive.

For more information, call Nathan Smith at 704-372-7246 ext. 161, email or visit

Lainey Millen

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