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Thousands to attend LGBT conference Jan. 23-27

Staff Report | 1/11/2013, noon

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Clark-Atlanta University Athletics Director Tamica Smith Jones shares a laugh with newly appointed head football coach Kevin Weston during ceremonies this week. Weston served eight years on the coaching staff at Tusculum College. (Courtesy photo).

ATLANTA – More than 3,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates from across the country will converge on Atlanta for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Conference on LGBT Equality Jan. 23-27 at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland St.

The 25th “Creating Change” conference is designed to help LGBT activists network, learn how to build political power, and how to mobilize to address key issues facing the LGBT community and its allies.

Sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the five-day conference features more than 350 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, and hundreds of networking opportunities, organizers say.

For more information and to register, visit www.CreatingChange.org.

‘The Voice’ to hold

auditions Jan. 19-20

ATLANTA – NBC’s hit show “The Voice” will hold vocal auditions at 7 a.m. Jan. 19 and 20 at Atlanta’s Convention Center at AmericasMart, 240 Peachtree St., Bldg. 2.

Judges are looking for the best vocal talent for a chance to appear on the show this season. Applicants must be at least 15 years or older and a legal U.S. resident.

To register, call 818-777-2845 or go to www.nbc.com/the-voice/about/casting.

‘Totes 2 Tots’ drive

scheduled for Jan. 18

ATLANTA – Metro Atlanta locations of Georgia Cancer Specialists will participate in the 11th annual “Totes 2 Tots” suitcase drive for foster children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18.

Totes 2 Tots delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kid-sized suitcases to foster children in Georgia, many of whom shuffle their belongings from home to home in garbage bags during frequent relocations.

To find the nearest location to donate, call 1-877-716-2273 or visit www.gacancer.com.

‘Ballethnic’ to hold

dance auditions

EAST POINT – Ballethnic Dance Company will hold auditions for its signature production, “The Leopard Tale,” from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 19 at its studios, 2587 Cheney St.

The dance company also will conduct auditions for the Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Intensive Summer Training Program from 3-6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the same location.

For information, call 404-762-1416 or visit www.ballethnic.org.

Deltas to host

job fair Jan. 23

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is hosting a career fair from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 23 at Greenbriar Mall’s upper level, 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy.

Employers will meet and interview hundreds of job seekers at “Uniting Talent with Opportunity In 2013.”

Participation is free and open to all businesses and jobseekers.

To register, call 404-272-6447 or email deltanetworkingonfridays@gmail.com.

Poetry ‘SLAM’

set for Jan. 25

ATLANTA – Woodruff Arts Center will host a culminating “Teen SLAM” poetry competition from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Hill Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St.

The event will feature original slam poetry performances by three groups of students from the Doug