Join us for our Fall Luncheon & BBQ, 9/17 in San Rafael

music • great food and company • beautiful bayside location • plenty of parking • no-host bar

Wednesday, Sept. 17th,  11:30am – 2:30pm
Marin Yacht Club, 24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael

$25 per person (collected at the door)
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to pay.

RSVP Required, call (415) 472-1945 ext. 202Come One, Come All as we say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall equinox. Marin Yacht Club is a beautiful location along the Richardson Bay. Cheryl Jones, proprietor of The Pleasure is Mine catering company, will prepare a family-style barbeque lunch to enjoy in the clubhouse or out on the patio. Take an extra-long lunch break and join us for a laid-back afternoon, celebrating friendships and our LGBT community. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome, too!

Hosted by Spectrum LGBT Center
Thanks to BUDWING for underwriting a portion of the luncheon expenses

*The door charge, and support from our sponsor, covers a portion of event costs; it is not a fundraiser. Spectrum is a nonprofit organization, and we welcome your donations to support our work with LGBT youth and seniors in Marin County.

Download a printable flier for this event (PDF)

Save the Date!
Our Thanksgiving Luncheon will be on Wednesday, Nov. 19th at the Marin Yacht Club

Happy: the movie and humorist Michael Pritchard, 8/6 in Larkspur

The Rotary Club of Central Marin presents:
Happy: The movie. The movement.

A special evening with humorist Michael Pritchard
and Master of Ceremonies Noah Griffin

Wednesday, August 6th, 7:30pm
The Lark Theater
549 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA

Happy is a feature film that leads viewers across five continents to find the keys to happiness. An entertaining show for the entire family. Questions and answers with Michael Pritchard following the film.

Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at the door. For advance tickets call (415) 924-5111 or visit the Lark Theater.

A benefit for Rotary service projects in the local community and all over the world.

Download event flyer here (PDF)

Art for Life AIDS Benefit, 9/6 in Sebastopol

Save the date 2-1Art for Life – Sonoma County’s Premier Art Auction
Benefitting Face to Face
Saturday, September 6th, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m
Sebastopol Center for the Arts [map]

For 27 years, Sonoma County’s art and philanthropic communities come together each year to ensure care services to the more than 200 men, women and children living in HIV/AIDS and to aid in the effort to end HIV in the county.  The public is invited to preview the art from Noon – 3:00 p.m., on Friday, September 5 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  The auction will take place on Saturday, September 6 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorships are available.  For more information and to view the online catalogue, please visit www.f2f.org.

LGBTQ and Friends Dance, Aug. 9th in Sebastopol

Eat, meet, drink and dance!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
6:30pm to 10:30pm

Sebastopol Senior Center
167 North High Street, Sebastopol, CA

DJ Dave Brown spinning Motown, 70s, and disco

$10 at the door – benefits the Sebastopol Senior Center
RSVP to 707-829-2440

Download a flyer for this event here (PDF)

 

Coffee, Conversation, and Community: Drop-In Discussion Groups for LGBT Seniors

There are several social drop-in discussion groups available in the counties of Marin, Sonoma, and Napa that are special places for LGBT older adults. What constitutes an ‘older adult’ you ask? We leave that up to you, but attendance is typically people whose age is anywhere between 50 and 100.

Following is a general description of each group. All are free of charge to attend, and all occur on a monthly basis. You are welcome to visit any group that appeals to you, regardless of where you live. Since these are drop-in groups, you may come once or each time. You do not need to be a member or join anything. These are NOT therapy groups.

Descriptions have been provided by the facilitators of each group. Unless specified otherwise, Spectrum is not responsible for the content or management of any group.

MARIN COUNTY: Novato

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Novato Human Needs Center, 1907 Novato Blvd., Novato   •  (415) 897-4147
Brown Bag Lunch (optional) 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Coffee and Cookies Provided
Facilitated Discussion 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Facilitated by Nancy Flaxman, MSW

View/Download August 2014 Flyer

Description: We gather informally for a brown bag lunch (optional) and then follow with a different topic for discussion each month. Whether you are in the closet or out, partnered or single, shy or outgoing, we hope you will join us for this opportunity to get to know each other and build community.

This group is made possible by the Novato Human Needs Center commitment to LGBT inclusion, by a grant from Marin Community Foundation, and by outreach assistance from Spectrum LGBT Center.
The Novato Human Needs Center values diversity. Whatever your ethnicity, religion, country of origin, language, abilities, sexual orientation, or gender, you are welcome here.

NAPA COUNTY: Napa

When: First Tuesday of each month, 10:15 am – 12:00 PM
Where: Queen of the Valley Community Center, 3448 Villa Lane, Napa
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM: Arrival, coffee and pastries provided

Facilitated Discussion 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Facilitated by Paula Pilecki, Executive Director, Spectrum LGBT Center

Description: Napa’s first discussion group for LGBT older adults is now in its third year! Join us for a very casual, fun, and relaxed group discussion with different topics each month. There is often a film featured, followed by relevant discussion. Plenty of street & lot parking, wheelchair access, and located on major transportation routes. Whether in the closet or not, we’re discreet and confidential. For more information, call 707-583-2330 (24 hour confidential voice message line, checked regularly).

This group is made possible with funding from Napa County Health and Human Services, and hosted in partnership with LGBTQ Connection Napa and Spectrum LGBT Center.

SONOMA COUNTY: Santa Rosa

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
>Where: Glaser Center at UUCM, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Social time 1:00 – 1:30 PM; facilitated discussion 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Facilitator: Rotates on a volunteer basis
The group is not affiliated with any religious denomination.

Description: Join us for lively discussions, mutual support, sharing information, and all the while celebrating who we are. Everyone is welcome; there is no charge. Whether you’re in the closet or out, you are welcome!

SONOMA COUNTY: City of Sonoma

When: Third Friday of the month, 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Where: Vintage House Senior Center, 264 1st Street East, Sonoma

Social time 10:00 – 10:30 AM; facilitated discussion 10:30 – 12:00 Noon

Coordinators: Gary “Buz” Hermes (707) 227-6935 and Janice Farrell (415) 608-5792

Description: All ages and abilities welcome! Come join us and feel free to bring a friend or neighbor. After the group, some of us go to lunch at a local restaurant.

Celebrate LGBT Pride Month with the Spectrum Business and Professional Network on 6/19 in San Anselmo

Join the Spectrum Business and Professional Network as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month together in Marin County!

Thursday, June 19th, 5:30 – 7:00pm
La Loggia Vinoteca + Café
500 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA
www.laloggiasa.com • 415-234-8698

This month, we open the networking event up to the entire community.

Complimentary small bites • No-host wine bar

To RSVP please call (415) 472-1945 ext. 202

Owners Vincent Knobel and Colm Glass welcome the LGBT and allied business community to their warm and inviting vinoteca for the Spectrum Business and Professional Network’s next gathering. Complimentary small plates and no-host wine bar.

Co-Sponsored by Spectrum LGBT Center and 
La Loggia Vinoteca + Café

Our purpose for creating the Network is three-fold:
1. To provide LGBT and allied business owners and professionals the opportunity to create a social network in Marin County
2. To connect Spectrum’s constituents to local businesses that want to reach out to the LGBT community
3. To introduce Spectrum’s work to Marin County businesses, and give them the opportunity to support our work in a variety of ways

Spectrum Business and Professional Network - next meeting 5/22 in San Anselmo

Join us for the next Spectrum Business and Professional Network for our next meeting at La Loggia!

Thursday, May 22nd, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
500 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA
www.laloggiasa.com • 415-234-8698

Complimentary small bites • No-host wine bar

Featured Speaker: Neal Gottlieb, Three Twins Ice Cream

Sausalito resident and business owner Neal Gottlieb recently made big news when he and a few friends climbed the highest peak in Uganda, planted a rainbow flag and sent an open letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni  saying he did it “in protest of your country’s criminalization of homosexuality.

We’ve invited Neal to share his experience with us. He’s also bringing some Three Twins Ice Cream for us to enjoy!

RSVP online here or call (415) 472-1945 ext. 202.

Owners Vincent Knobel and Colm Glass welcome the LGBT and allied business community to their warm and inviting vinoteca for the Spectrum Business and Professional Network’s next gathering. Complimentary small plates and no-host wine bar.

Co-Sponsored by Spectrum LGBT Center and 
La Loggia Vinoteca + Café

Our purpose for creating the Network is three-fold:
1. To provide LGBT and allied business owners and professionals the opportunity to create a social network in Marin County
2. To connect Spectrum’s constituents to local businesses that want to reach out to the LGBT community
3. To introduce Spectrum’s work to Marin County businesses, and give them the opportunity to support our work in a variety of ways

LGBTQ family weekend retreat 10/24-10/26 in Los Gatos

Discover how to support your LGBTQ children & how your LGBTQ kids can support you!

This weekend retreat, to be held in the scenic foothills of Los Gatos at the Jikoji Zen Center, will include workshops, discovery groups, family fun, peer coaching, and one-on-one coaching by a certified Life and Coming Out Coach. LGBTQ people, and the parents, siblings, and close friends of LGBTQ people will all find this a helpful and supportive space.

While some camps for LGBTQ folks focus on the individual or on specific groups, this camp will be inclusive for everyone – family, friends, and people of all identities will intermingle and work on their shared dreams for positive, healthy lives.

Make new friends from across the state and find the way to a shared and fulfilling future.

Camp will take place Friday, October 24th to Sunday, October 26th

Contact Margaret Baker-Street, margaretstreetlifecoach@gmail, or phone, 831-801-1453

Cost: $375 for entire weekend (includes, lodging, food, & workshops)

 

 

Eden Youth Foundation Scholarship Welcomes LGBTQ Applicants

The Eden Youth Foundation Scholarship invites applications from entering and continuing undergraduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

Applicants must be 24 years old or younger. The scholarship is open to students enrolled at or entering accredited 2- or 4-year institutions.

The application deadline is May 4, 2014. Click here for application info: http://www.edenyouthfoundation.org/?p=223

Workshop Series on Elder Care starts 4/23 in San Rafael

Are you caring for a family member or friend who is older or ill? Do you have concerns about your own care as you age? Join Seniors At Home for a four-part workshop series offering understanding, solutions, and support. Each session will be devoted to a different aspect of caring for someone while still caring for yourself. You are welcome to attend one or all sessions.

April 23 — Being an Effective Healthcare Advocate—for Yourself and Others
April 30 —Setting Boundaries and Dealing with Changing Roles
May 7 —Coping with Difficult Diseases
May 14—Care and Compassion at the End of Life

Workshops will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at the Osher Marin JCC located at 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. Light snacks generously donated by Hospice by the Bay. Pre-registration is required. $25 suggested donation for the series.

For more information or to register, please call 415-449-3777 or email Info@SeniorsAtHome.org.