The Gray Classic Golf Tournament returns Thursday for a four-day weekend of events kicking off with Business Roundtable at Levine Museum of the New South.

Good morning, and welcome to another week in the Qcity!

If there are two things we know about folks in Charlotte, it’s that they like to party (some call it networking), and they like to do it with a purpose. From charitable golf tournaments and Christmas parties to candid discussions about the state of our community, there are many opportunities this week to have some fun and give back. For a full list of events (including several networking opportunities), please check out our Qcity Events Calendar.

THE FORECAST: It’s going to be another hot and humid week in Charlotte. Keep your umbrellas handy. Today, the weatherman is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms with partly sunny skies and highs in the low 90s. The chance for rain sticks around all week with temperatures in the 90s. (Full forecast)

Here’s a peek at what’s happening in the Qcity this week:

Lipstick Mania Business Socials, July 12 @ Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar: This month’s networking event is for GlamLife 4 Women’s High Heel CEO Leadership™ Series on “Balancing the Budget for BIG Business Building”. Attendees are asked to help encourage, empower and enhance the women in our local shelter by bringing any brand lipsticks, makeup and toiletries. Registration is free but required.  (Details)

Now What?:A Discussion on the Young Black Male, July 14 @ UNC-Charlotte: YBM Leadership Alliance will be hosting an action-oriented community discussion entitled, “Now What: A Community discussion on the Young Black Male.” You are invited to join in this call to action. Don’t remain silent during unbridled chaos. We are all called to serve. (Details)

The Gray Classic Golf Tournament, July 14-17: Charlotte’s premier networking weekend for black professionals is back for another year. The Gray Classic, a four-day event hosted by Herb and Felicia Gray, kicks off Thursday with the Business Roundtable, held this year at the Levine Museum of the New South. Other annual events include the Welcome Reception, Golf Tournaments, Women’s Empowerment Brunch, Party with a Purpose and the Farewell Brunch. (Details)

YBM Presents “Old School Party with a Mission, July 15 @ The Palmer Building: Come Party with a Mission with YBM…old school style! Who will win the Old School contest? There will also be a prizes for Best Dressed Male and Female. Music will be provided by DJ Mo! Proceeds benefit YBM’s Mission trip to Haiti! (Details)

Christmas in July!, July 15 @ Blackfinn Ameripub: It’s always fun to be festive in July! Blackfinn is celebrating Christmas in July with an event benefiting TurnAround Toys. Enjoy a holiday inspired cocktail list, selfies with Santa, Christmas cookies, and holiday cheer all evening. Bring a gently used or new toy, and receive free admission. (Details)

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