Community Briefs

End of Summer BBQ 

The People With AIDS Coalition of Utah will host its 10th annual Super Duper End of Summer BBQ Bash this month featuring a performance by the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Salt Lake City. Free food and beverages will also be available. The barbecue is held annually in appreciation of PWACU’s members, volunteers and supporters. It is a part of the organization’s Recreation Program, which sponsors social opportunities for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
When: Sept. 14, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Fairmount Park (900 E 2400 S)
RSVP: Toni Johnson at 484-2205
Cost: Free

Gays for Obama: Phone bank

The Utah LGBT for Obama group will hold a phone bank night to call local Democrats and independents and encourage them to vote. Training will be provided at each night and no experience is necessary as scripts and call lists will be provided. Food will be available, and participants are encouraged to bring friends to help. Patrick Hutchings will host each night.
When: Every Tuesday until the November election, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Obama Campaign Utah Offices (780 E South Temple)
Cost: Participants are asked to contribute a few dollars to cover the cost of food.

Gays for Obama: Canvassing

The Utah LGBT for Obama group will also participate in the Utah Obama campaign’s weekly canvassing events to contact Democrats and independents to encourage them to vote. Training will be provided at each event and no experience is necessary. Flyers, contact lists, pens and water will be provided. Participants are also encouraged to bring friends to help.
When: Every Saturday until the November election, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Obama Campaign Utah offices (780 E South Temple)

Living as a Minority Workshop

In September and October University of Utah psychology professor Jordan Rullo and therapist Lee Beckstead will offer another workshop in their popular series about the societal oppressions and internalized hatred minorities experience. This workshop is called Living as a Minority: Learning How to Love Yourself More in a World Where You are Different. It will focus on helping participants deal with the “nagging feelings of inadequacy and self doubt” they glean from an anti-gay culture through teaching them how to manage discrimination and conflict. Its end goal is to empower participants to go from surviving to thriving in a community where they are minorities.
When: Sept. 4, 11, 18, 35 and Oct. 2, 16 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Utah Pride Center, Middle Meeting Room (361 N 300 W)
Cost: $30 for the full six week workshop or $15 for one three week module. Scholarships are available.
Info: For more information or to register contact Jordan Rullo at rully@psych.utah.edu or 330-1103 or Lee Beckstead at leebeckst@yahoo.com or 556-8110.

Dine O’Round

Salt Lake City’s restaurant week returns during the middle of this month with a number of eateries offering tasty, chic lunches and dinners at bargain prices. Participating restaurants allow patrons to choose from a two-course lunch for $10 or a three-course dinner for $15 or $30 per person. QSaltLake supporters Bambara, Cedars of Lebanon, Squatters Pub Brewery and all of Gastronomy, Inc.’s restaurants will take part.
When: Sept. 12-27
Info: Visit downtownslc.com for a complete restaurant list.

Fall Fashion Stroll

SLC Fashion Stroll, a bi-annual celebration of local designers, jewelers and artisans, will return to Salt Lake City’s East Broadway Shopping District this September. It will feature booths from local designers, a live music line up and three evening runway shows featuring local fashions and models from W Talent.
When: Sept. 19, 4:00-10:00 p.m.
Where: East Broadway (between 100 E and 400 E along 300 S)
Cost: Free
Info: For more information or to sign up to participate in Fashion Stroll contact Matt Monson at slcfashionstroll@gmail.com or (801) 355-3588. The event also has a MySpace page at myspace.com/eastbroadwayslc.

OUTreach for Adults

Formerly open just to teenagers, the OUTreach Resource Center of Ogden is now opening its doors for young adults. OUTreach invites adults ages 18-30 of all reaces, ethnicities, economic statuses, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities to come chat, socialize, play board games, or just relax with others. The Resource Center is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, but is not a religious-based program.
When: Thursdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden (Lower Level, 705 23rd St. Ogden – on the southeast corner of 23 and Madison).
Cost: Free
Info:  For more information about the Resource Center contact director Gary Horenkamp at (801) 686-4528 or visit geocities.com/outreachogden.

Healthy Girls

The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the YWCA of Salt Lake City will hold Healthy Girls, Strong Women, a conference for girls age 9-12 and their caregivers, which include gay and lesbian parents. The free conference will teach girls about communication, body image issues, HIV/STD prevention and the rights girls have. All participants will receive a backpack and free prizes. Andrea Johnston, cofounder of Girls Speak Out, will give the (interactive and brief) keynote speech.
When: Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Mountain View Elementary School (1380 S. Navajo St.)
Info: To register, visit plannedparenthood.org/utah.

Kickin’ ASS

The Utah Stonewall Democrats will hold a Kickin’ ASS Party for locals to meet their endorsed candidates and enjoy an evening of good food and fun socialization.
When: Oct. 16, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Where: The Market Street Oyster Bar – Cottonwood (2985 E 6580 S).

Square Dancing

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. Casual attire is encouraged and singles and couples are welcome. Regular lessons will begin on Oct. 3.
When: Sept. 19 and 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Columbus Community Center (2531 S 400 E)
Info: For more information call Vincent Paiz at 643-9363 or Ros Lopton at 797-9424 or email slcsquaredancing@gmail.com.

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