Community Briefs

Help Wanted

The Southern Utah Pride Festival is seeking volunteers in all areas of festival operation.
When: Sept. 26-27
Where: Springdale, UT
Info: Contact Volunteer Coordinator and SUP, Inc. Vice President Anne Golibersuch at volunteers@southernutahpride.org.

Shelter Benefit

This summer, the DOVE Center, a St. George-based shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence, has run into financial trouble. To help them keep their lights on and their doors open local hypnotist Johnnie Tour will give a special performance of his family-friendly show at the Book Cellar.
When: Aug 29, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Book Cellar (130 N Main Street, Historic Downtown St. George)
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Info: johnnietour.com

AIDS Community Forum

The People’s With AIDS Coalition of Utah will hold a community forum to discuss issues of HIV/AIDS funding and what they mean for Utahns, and to present their call to get more Utahns active in securing more funding for people with AIDS in the next legislative session. Café Med will provide a catered lunch.
When: Aug 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: The Utah Pride Center’s multi-purpose room (361 N 300 W)
Info: For more information or to RSVP (by Aug 19) call Toni Johnson at 484-2205 or email director@pwacu.org.

Suicide Prevention Walk

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to raise awareness of suicide and the people it leaves behind. Proceeds raised during the hour long walk will go towards local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. Registrants can sign up as individuals or as a team and the event is also in need of volunteers.
When: Sept 27. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Wheeler Farm (6351 S 900 E)
Info: To register, donate or learn more, visit outofthedarkness.org. For more information contact Lori Pagel at 949-6387 or afspslc@gmail.com.


Another three mile walk to raise awareness of mental illness, dispel stigmas about these illnesses and foster hope for recovery will take place in September for the Utah chapter of the National Association for Mental Illness. Registrants can sign up as individuals or as a team, and the event is also in need of volunteers.
When: Sept 27, 9:00 a.m. check in and 10:00 a.m. start
Where: Franklin Covey Field (77 W 1300 S)
Info: Visit namiut.org or call 323-9900 to volunteer.

Allies Dinner

Utah gay rights group Equality Utah will hold its 7th annual Allies Dinner to benefit the Equality Utah Political Action Committee, the group that endorses local fair-minded candidates and supports their campaigns with financial contributions and volunteer efforts. The theme for this year is "The Power of One."
When: Sept 16, 6:00 p.m. cocktail hour and 7:00 p.m. dinner service
Where: The Salt Palace’s Grand Ballroom (100 S West Temple)
Cost: $100 per person
Info: equalityutah.org. Sponsorship opportunities and information is also available at alliesdinner.org.

Get Out and Vote

If you’re new to town or just haven’t signed up yet, Equality Utah would like to make sure that all Utah adults are registered to vote in this November’s election. For a voter registration packet, contact Keri Jones at keri@equalityutah.org.

Let’s Get Physical

Black Belt Master Sabina Wise teaches Wise Fitness, a queer-focused fitness program, each week at the Utah Pride Center. Subjects include kickboxing, yoga and karate (spar and individual).
When: Every Friday (space permitting), 6:00-7:00 p.m. cardio/kickboxing, 7:00-8:00 p.m. slow stretch yoga, 8:00-9:00 p.m. traditional karate.
Where: The Utah Pride Center’s multi-purpose room (361 N 300 W)
Cost: $5 per class for monthly sign-ups or $10 per drop in. First class is free.
Info: Call Sabina Wise at 232-1728 for more information.

Pride Meditation

Pride Meditation is a group for meditation enthusiasts of all skill levels and religious practices. Each session includes basic instruction for newcomers, a 20 minute meditation, a brief stretching session and a final meditation period. Participants are asked to wear loose fitting clothing and to bring a pillow or Zafu for sitting.
When: The first Tuesday of each month
Where: The Utah Pride Center (361 N 300 W)
Info: For more information contact Joe at Kensho.zazen@yahoo.com or 599-5022.

This Potluck is Gay

Gay-friendly potluck socials are held each month in 12 communities across the Wasatch Front. To find the social closest to you, visit the Utah Pride Center’s Web site.
When: First Sunday of every month, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Info: utahpridecenter.org.

Pride in Pink

The Utah Pride Center’s seasonal networking event for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender professionals and their allies returns this autumn with fabulous food, drinks and company. The event is so named because attendees are asked to wear pink. There will also be a business card drawing for some fabulous prizes.
When: Sept 10, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Oyster Bar (54 W Market St)
Cost: Suggested donation of $5.

Get Tested

The Utah Pride Center offers free and confidential testing and counseling for HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia each month.
When: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: The Utah Pride Center’s middle meeting room (361 N 300 W)

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