Swinging along the open trail…

PINNACLE — The Better Than Ice Cream Meetup will hold, in conjunction with the Dual Attraction (bisexual women) and Triangle Gay Outdoors Meetup groups, a weekend camp out on starting on June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Pilot Mountain State Park.

The jaunt is about two hours from the Triangle area. Reservations for one of the 49 campsites are advisable in advance as during the summer months, they go quickly. Multiple vehicles and tents on one site are possible, but should be discussed with the park office during booking. Restrooms with hot showers are available.

The joint event consists of a game night on Saturday evening, as well as a potluck with vegetarian selections encouraged. All the rest of the meals are on one’s own. Enjoy hiking and canoeing while viewing the peaks and vistas of the surrounding terrain.

Cost for campsites is $18 per night, with a maximum of six people per site.

Mount Airy, of Andy Griffith fame, is nearby, in addition to Hanging Rock State Park.

To be part of this fun-filled adventure, visit meetup.com/Better-Than-Ice-Cream. Not a member of this group or the other two sponsoring ones? Sign up and have a respite from normal routines.

Once approved, RSVP for the camp out and get directions for travel, along with campsite location area.

Spouses, significant others, partners and friends are welcome as guests. Adult only. Leashed dogs may accompany attendees.

This event will take place whether rain or shine. Severe weather forecast may result in cancellation.

Volunteers boost contributions

HICKORY — Thrivent Financial, through the organization’s Care Abounds in Communities funds, contributed $1,600 to AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance’s (ALFA) inaugural Hike for Hope. Hike for Hope benefits HIV/AIDS care and prevention efforts in the agency’s nine-county service area.

Rev. Paul E. Christ, Thrivent director of congregational advocates for Thrivent Financial, presented a check for $1,600 to Rodney Tucker, executive director of ALFA. Thrivent Members of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Hickory, volunteered to plan and work for ALFA’s Hike for Hope on April 24. These volunteers applied for Thrivent’s Care Abounds in Communities supplemental funds and with this check brought the total to over $20,000 for ALFA.

Thrivent is a faith-based, not-for-profit membership organization with more than $67 billion in assets under management, according to its website.

For more information, call 828-322-1447 ext. 224, email alfadirect@alfainfo.org or visit alfainfo.org or thrivent.com. : :

Lainey Millen

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