LOCAL BRIEFS: AIN receives donations, Women’s Chorus auditions, food programs

AIN receives donations

AIDS Interfaith Network received a number of donations over the past two weeks, totaling about $65,000, to support North Texans with HIV and AIDS living in poverty.
MAC AIDS Fund made a $25,000 donation to AIN’s meals program, which serves more than 26,000 meals to 500 people. Almost half of these clients are homeless or marginally housed.

The James and Gayle Halperin Foundation and The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation each made $10,000 gifts. DIFFA made a $9,500 grant to the meals program.

The 24th Annual Leo Party and Miss Leo Contest at the Hidden Door raised almost $10,000. Organizer Andy Scanlon called the event and show “the longest running, independently operated, volunteer-led fundraiser for an AIDS organization in Dallas.”

In its 24 years, the Leo Party has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the clients of AIN, Scanlon said.

Women’s Chorus auditions

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas will hold open rehearsals for women interested in joining the Chorus on Monday, Aug. 15, Saturday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 22. Interested singers are invited to sit in on a full rehearsal, meet with members of TWD, and learn more about becoming a member. All singers must attend an open rehearsal prior to auditioning to join the chorus.

Regular season rehearsals are held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

TWD performs three season concerts annually, and this year will perform an additional concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The chorus performs many outreach performances each season, and the 2011-2012 season already includes scheduled performances for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and AIDS Lifewalk.

To sign up for a rehearsal, visit TheWomensChorusofDallas.com. For questions regarding the chorus, the audition process or rehearsals, contact the office at 214-520-7828 or via email at twcdoffice@twcd.org.

Food programs

Congress is debating cutting programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (better known as WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) and funding for food banks. The North Texas Food Bank asks people who are concerned about these cuts to contact members of Congress to ask them not to slash these programs.

—  John Wright

Turtle Creek Chorale seeks new members with open rehearsal, auditions coming in August

On the heels of the news last month that Jonathan Palant was stepping down as artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, the organization wants to make sure everyone knows there’s still a full season of music ahead — and a need for more singing members.

On Aug. 23 at their home at the Sammons Center, the chorale will host a new member reception at 6 p.m., where new faces can mingle with old ones, including staff and board members, followed by an open rehearsal anyone can attend. Then on Aug. 28, the TCC will hold open auditions for new members from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Chorale to hold open auditions

The Turtle Creek Chorale, on the heals of its successful holiday concerts last month, is looking for new blood — though Edward Cullen isn’t involved. The chorale will hold open rehearsal and orientation at the TCC’s offices in the Sammons Center for the Arts at 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., and prospective members are asked to attend and participate. The actual auditions for any singers interested in joining the gay men’s chorus will occur on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. an the Grace United Methodist Church at 4105 Junius St.

All vocal parts (tenor, bass, baritone … even countertenor if you got the chops) are open. To view a video sample of an actual audition, go here, or to learn more about the chorale, go to TurtleCreek.org.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones