Community Briefs

Walk for Life

Registration has opened for the 20th annual Walk For Life, Northern Utah’s walk to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and money for the various prevention and education programs offered through the Utah AIDS Foundation. In honor of the walk’s 20th anniversary, registration in this year’s event is free. Various incentive awards are also available for individuals who raise the following amounts for the walk by Sept 18: $40 (a 2008 Walk For Life t-shirt), $150 (a Walk For Life shirt and pin), $250 (a Walk For Life shirt, pin and hat) and $500 (all of the above plus a 500 Club polo shirt and access to the 500 club party). Walkers may walk alone, with friends, family or coworkers, or they can request a walk buddy. Walkers are also welcome to bring their leashed dogs.
When: Sept 20
Where: Liberty Park (700 E 900 S)
Info: For more information about the walk or to register to walk visit utahaids.org. To volunteer or sponsor call 487-2323.


Temple Squares, a gay and lesbian Modern Western Square Dance club, will host a “New Dancer Hoedown” for dancers interested in learning more about Modern Western Square Dancing. The lively evening will introduce dancers to the style and take place right before the club begins its new cycle of lessons. People of all orientations and gender identities are invited to attend.
When: Sept. 19 and 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Columbus Community Center (2531 S 400 E)
Info: [email protected]

Scratch Your Back

The Southern Utah Pride Association, Inc. will hold a Scratch Your Back Auction and Potluck Dinner to benefit the Southern Utah Pride Festival (held Sept. 26-27 in Springville, Utah). The evening is a dinner and auction of volunteers to do house hold chores for the winning bidder.
When: Sept. 6, 7:00 p.m.
Where: The home of Chris McArdle, SUP, Inc. president (630 W 789 N, just off Diagonal St. in St. George, UT).

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 [email protected]


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: For more information visit equalityutah.org. Sponsorship opportunities and information is also available at alliesdinner.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)

Show Me Love

Attracting Genuine Love is a 13 week course for gay, lesbian and straight singles based on the book of the same name by Kathlyn Hendricks and Gay Hendricks. The course will cover such topics as the power of conscious commitment, what to do in the first fifteen seconds of meeting someone, and learning to love oneself before loving someone else. Individuals may attend with friends and may attend the entire workshop or individual sessions.
When: Every Wednesday through Oct. 31, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Utah Pride Center (361 N 300 W)
Cost: A suggested $10 donation per session.
Info: For more information contact Nick James at (801) 915-6112.

I’m Coming Out

The Utah Pride Center is planning its annual National Coming Out Day celebration to celebrate the coming out process. The celebration is scheduled for Oct. 11.
Info: utahpridecenter.org.

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