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The U.S. general election will be held Nov. 4. For polling locations and times contact your County Clerk. Contact information can be found at elections.utah.gov/countyclerks.html.

Election Returns Party

The Human Rights Campaign of Utah will hold a party on election night featuring television coverage of the returns. Cocktails will be available to be used for celebrating or mourning.
When: Nov. 4, 6—8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Try-Angles (251 W 900 S)

Obama in Colorado

Each weekend until the election, 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

Capitol Hill Hate Crime

The Salt Lake City Police Department is still looking for the person they have identified as the main suspect in the Capitol Hill hate crime that occurred Aug. 9. Police have described the suspect, who along with others beat and broke the eye socket of a gay man at a Churchill Drive party, as about 20 years old and Polynesian.  Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Police Department at (801) 799-3000.  Please reference case number 08-155753.

PWACU Thrift Store Opening

The People With AIDS Coalition of Utah will host an open house and grand opening for its new venture Our Store, Your Thrift Alternative. It is also seeking donations of items to sell including: appliances and electronics, artwork, books, clothing, furniture, house wares and kitchenware, jewelry, music recordings, sporting goods, tools, videos and DVDs. All items should be clean and in saleable condition.
When: Oct. 31 5—8:00 p.m. (open house), Nov. 1 10:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. (grand opening)
Where: Our Store, Your Thrift Alternative (358 S 300 E)

PWACU Needs Store Volunteers

The People With AIDS Coalition of Utah has secured a building and will soon open Our Store, Your Thrift Alternative. To set up the store (the proceeds from which will benefit PWAs living in Utah) the organization needs several volunteers over the next few weeks every day from 12—8:00 p.m. To offer help or to get more information contact Toni Johnson at (801) 484-2205. The store is located at 358 S 300 E.

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.

Transgender Awareness Month
The Utah Pride Center will kick off its annual month devoted to transgender people with a performance by Coyote Grace, an acoustic band fronted by a transgender male singer. Events throughout the month will include socials, film discussions, candle light vigils and discussion sessions.
When: Nov. 1, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Café Marmalade, located in the Utah Pride Center’s downstairs (361 N 300 W)
Info: utahpridecenter.org

Halloween Party

The Gallivan Center will host the Monster Block Party to celebrate Halloween. The family-friendly party includes trick-or-treating booths, pumpkin decorating, magic and reptile shows, a costume contest with prizes in child, teen and adult divisions and a performance by School of Rock.
When: Oct. 25, 1—5:00 p.m.
Gallivan Center (239 S Main St.)
Info: slcityevents.com

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

Queer Spirit 2008

This month, the Open & Affirming: Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ will host The Queer Spirit retreat to discuss integrating the perspective of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people into the broader life of the UCC. Through discussion and reflection the weekend will ask participants to bring their full selves—that is, the physical, spiritual and sexual parts of their identities— to church by exploring the ways in which people are encouraged and prevented from fully participating in their religious community. The weekend stresses that all individuals are God’s beloved children and holy physical, spiritual and sexual beings. Individuals of all faiths are welcome to attend.
When: October 24 – 26, 2008
Where: Holladay United Church of Christ (2631 East Murray Holladay Rd, Salt Lake City)
Cost: Regular price $55, Early Bird Special $35
Registration: rmcucc.org (follow the Queer Spirit links)
Info: Glen Brown, glen-denb@mac.com Or Russ and Joe Baker-Gorringe, russgorringe@yahoo.com

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