Fred Astaire Studios Give Us Something to Smile About

Tickets are on sale now for the 11th annual Dancing with the Carolina Stars, sponsored by Operation Smile Carolinas (502 E. Cornwallis Drive), in partnership with Fred Astaire Dance Studios (1500 Mill St.).

Celebrities from around the Carolinas will pair up with professional dancers from the studios to raise funds and change the lives of children around the world through this magical night of performances. Operation Smile continues to raise awareness and funds to provide safe surgery to thousands of children suffering from cleft lip and cleft palate in resource-poor communities worldwide—making them the true winners.

Carolyn Woodruff, a longtime supporter of Operation Smile and an international ballroom dance star in her own right, is serving as chair. Top professional and non-professional ballroom dancers from Greensboro and beyond will perform and provide an unforgettable night of glamorous entertainment.

The unforgettable evening starts at 6 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel downtown. To see the star-studded lineup of local performers, and to purchase tickets or donate online, search for “Dancing with the Carolina Stars 2019.” 336.691.8188

Beyond Barriers Gala Feb. 9

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum will host its annual Beyond the Barriers fundraising gala on Feb. 9. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, will be presented with the Alston/Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award; local activist Shirley Frye the Lifetime Community Service Award; Freedom Rider Joan Mulholland the Trailblazer Award; and minister John Mendez the Unsung Hero Award. The event will also honor Janice Allen, who took part in the 1960 protests to integrate the Woolworth’s lunch counter where the museum is located. The gala will take place in the Special Events Center at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd. For information on reservations, call 336.274.9199.

Guilford College’s Bryan Series Presents Dr. Paul Farmer

Guilford College’s Bryan Series presents Dr. Paul Farmer on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Farmer has done what others thought impossible: bringing first-rate medical care to the poorest people on Earth. A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Farmer is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, an international social justice and healthcare organization with a powerful mission to serve as an antidote to despair by delivering the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need.

More information on this event and others in the 2018-19 Bryan Series may be found at