Qmmunity Briefs

Bikes and Barriers

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a number of transportation specialists will discuss the benefits and hurdles to cyclists along the Wasatch Front in “Benefits and Barriers to Bicycle Commuting in the Salt Lake Valley” as part of the University of Utah’s Sustainability Conversation Series.
When: Oct. 9, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Salt Lake Main Library’s 4th Floor Conference Room (210 E 400 S)
Info: sustainability.utah.edu

Obama in Colorado

Each weekend, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Barack Obama supporters are invited to carpool to Colorado to canvass. Obama’s campaign will provide gasoline and volunteers may stay with fellow supporters in the state if needed. Volunteers depart Friday and typically return on Sunday.
Info: my.barackobama.com/pages/utdrive4change

People with AIDS Conference

The People With AIDS Coalition of Utah will host its annual one-day Living with AIDS conference for people with HIV/AIDS, their family, friends, caregivers and AIDS service providers. Topics covered typically include emotional and physical health and advancements in treatment options. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
When: Oct. 18, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus, Room 209 (9750 S 300 W)
Cost: $25. Scholarships are available for people with HIV/AIDS.
RSVP: Oct. 10 by calling (801) 484-2205

PWACU Poinsettias

The People with AIDS Coalition of Utah has opened preorders for their red poinsettia plants, which they sell during the winter holidays to benefit Utahns with HIV/AIDS. The poinsettias stand approximately 15-19 inches and come in six inch pots. They are locally grown and come with care instructions. They cost $10 per plant or $75 for a batch of eight plants. Plants must be ordered by Nov. 20 and can be delivered on Nov. 25 and 28 or Dec. 2, 5, 9 or 12. Deliveries in Salt Lake County require no minimum order. Deliveries to Davis, Summit, Tooele, Utah and Weber Counties require a minimum order of eight plants and can only be delivered on the following dates: Nov. 25 and Dec. 5 for Davis and Weber Counties; Nov. 28 and Dec. 9 for Summit County; and Dec. 2 and 12 for Tooele and Utah Counties. Dates are subject to change.
Orders: Call (801) 484-2205 or visit pwacu.org.

I’m Coming Out

The Utah Pride Center will hold a brunch in honor of National Coming Out Day and Utah educators.
When: Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Salt Lake City University Park Marriott (480 Wakara Way)
Cost: $25 per person or $250 for a table of ten. Sponsorships of $350 or more are also available.
Info: utahpridecenter.org or Marina Gomberg at (801) 539-8800.

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. The public is welcome.
When: Oct. 16, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
Where: The Market Street Oyster Bar – Cottonwood (2985 E 6580 S).

Book Festival

The 11th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival will again be held in October, featuring workshops, talks and film screenings centered on authors and readers. This year’s guests include Terry Tempest Williams, Honor Moore and Richard Peck.
When: The week of Oct. 22
Where: Salt Lake City Main Library (210 E 400 S) and other locations throughout the state.
Cost: Free
Info: utahhumanities.org/bookfestival.htm or Hikmet Loe at (801) 359-9670 or loe@utahhumanities.org.

It’s STILL Elementary

The Utah Pride Center in association with Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, the YWCA, the Salt Lake Film Society and the University of Utah’s Women’s Resource Center will screen It’s STILL Elementary. The film is a follow-up to the 1998 film It’s Elementary, which showed how teachers across the country addressed gay and lesbian issues in the classroom. The companion film catches up with several of the subjects to see how gay issues impacted their lives and discusses the controversy its predecessor provoked upon its debut.
When: Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Broadway Theater (111 E 300 S)
Info: utahpridecenter.org

Gobble, Gobble

The Utah Pride Center is planning its annual Pride Thanksgiving Dinner and need volunteers willing to donate prepared dishes and to help run the dinner.
When: Nov. 27, 11:00 a.m—3:00 p.m
Where: Utah Pride Center (361 N 300 @)
Info: Jennifer@utahpridecenter.org or (801) 539-8800 x 13


Starting in October independent Salt Lake City bookseller Sam Weller’s will host a book club for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender literature. October’s book will be Sarah Schulman’s Rat Bohemia. Copies, which will be available at Sam Weller’s at a 20% discount, will be in stock at the end of September.
When: Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sam Weller’s basement (254 S Main St)
Info: samwellersbookstore.blogspot.com

Gay Bingo

Once again, the Utah Cyber Sluts will don their thrift store dresses and spray glitter in their beards for a night of bingo, scary glamour and high-spirited competition. This month, participants are asked to wear their most valuable costume. Proceeds from October’s bingo will go to the Utah Pride Center and South Valley Sanctuary, a shelter serving all victims of domestic violence regardless of age, race or sex. This month’s bingo prize is sponsored by Memorial Cemeteries.
When: Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: South Salt Lake Columbus Community Center Auditorium (2500 S 500 E)
Cost: $5 (includes first bingo card)

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