A couple of new after-work parties start tonight:
- Madison's bar kicks off Fundraising Fridays, a weekly event dedicated to benefitting local nonprofits hurt by budget cuts. The after-work socials, which will run for eight weeks, will offer $2 Bud Light and $4 wine specials. Tonight's party will benefit Community Health Services, which provides preventative health care to children and adults with limited means. Other organizations will include King's Kitchen (July 17), Opera Carolina (July 24) and Mecklenburg County Boy Scouts of America (July 31). Nonprofits who would like to be considered for one of the August spots should contact Peter Gilchrist by e-mailing him here. 6-9 p.m. 115 E. Fifth St. $10 donation. www.madisonsbar.com.
- Uptown Magazine is also starting its own Friday social this week called the Uptown Cooldown. The bi-monthly party will travel the second and fourth Fridays of the month to different hotspots around town. Tonight, partygoers can slurp up Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka sno-cones at Apostrophe Lounge. Next one will be July 24 at LaVecchia's. Tonight's party starts at 5 p.m. 1440 S. Tryon St. Free. www.uptownclt.com.