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50 and Better Together Monthly Newsletter

March 2018

Upcoming Events

Holiday Hours:

The Center, The Hillcrest Youth Center and The Nicole-Murray Ramirez Latino Services at The Center will be closed Friday, March 30 - Saturday, March 31 in observation of Cesar Chavez Day. Normal hours will resume on Monday, April 2 at 9am.

Mondays, 3pm, Mobile Medical Unit at The Center
The Family Health Centers of San Diego Mobile Medical Unit will be located in The Center.s parking lot every Monday from 3-7 pm! Services include basic primary care, immunizations, PEP & PrEP (through Rx), STD screening & treatment, chest/breast cancer screening, family planning, pap smears, pregnancy testing, hormone therapy and sick & well visits. Contact The Center at 619.692.2077 x208 to make an appointment!

Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 1, 12-1pm in the Library
This group of senior community members provides input on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center. These meetings are for anyone interested in our senior services program and activities. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Food Bank Community Food Distribution
Tuesday, March 6, 9am in The Center parking lot
The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosts a distribution site once a month for the Community Cares Project of the San Diego Food Bank. On the first Tuesday of every month (except when that day is a holiday), 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at or contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Access to Law Initiative - Free Legal Clinic
Tuesday, March 13 & March 27, 9:30-11:30am in the Auditorium
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9:30am to 11:30am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues.

Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
Tuesday, March 13 & March 27, 6:30-8pm in Room 201
This group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 pm. Please contact before attending for the first time. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

HIV+ Seniors Discussion Group Thursday, March 8. 11, 12-1pm in the Library
The CDC estimates that over one-quarter of all HIV/AIDS patients are over 50 years old. If you are 50 years or better and living with HIV, then this discussion group is just for you! Discuss the topics that interest you most. Discover how to feel your best. Socialize with others who can relate. Join us
on the 2nd Thursday monthly for this lively discussion group to connect, to learn, and to have fun. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Lunch & Learn: Sexuality in Later Life: From Barriers to Barrier Methods
Wednesday, March 21 from 12-1:00pm in the Library
Sex requires creativity, no matter your age or limitations. Join us for a discussion on the joys and strategies behind sex and aging, where we will explore how to accommodate for changing bodies, abilities and libidos.  Facilitated by sex shop veteran turned public health consultant Sarah Kellman, this workshop will respond to a range of topics, including the incredible role of lube and condoms (pro tip: super important!), positions and aides for greater comfort (and of course, pleasure), and communication tips for disclosures (for when your partner isn’t a mind reader). Come for the tips and stay for the treats, courtesy of your neighborhood adult shop.   For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Senior Food Bank
Monday, March 27, 1-3pm in the Auditorium
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  Eligible applicants can enroll in the program by applying in person at our site on the day of the event or call the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at 866.350.3663.  For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Lunch Out – Alexi’s Greek Café – 3863 5th Ave. – 92103  
Thursday, March 15 at 12pm   
Please RSVP to Al Kalian at 619.296.0833.  For even more information, you may also contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 ext. 205 or

Weekly Groups

For more information on current groups, visit the 50 and Better Together page on the Center website.

Croquet in the Park
Sundays, 1-3pm, in Balboa Park
This group meets every Sunday at the NW corner of Balboa Park, between 6th and Balboa Dr. All are welcome to join and instruction is available as needed. It’s very easy and there will be seating in the shade or sun. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205. You may also contact Mike Miller at 619.607.9751.

Yoga for Everyone
Mondays from 9-10am in the Auditorium
This yoga class is open to all but managed under senior programs. Joy Miller, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class.  We welcome Joy to The LGBT Center and we hope to see all of our regulars to this class come back and support Joy as she puts her heart into her system of exercises for mental and physical health.  For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Feeling Fit Club
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2pm in the Auditorium

These free fitness classes for older adults helps to improve balance, strength, flexibility, and maintain independence.  Suitable for all levels; exercises may be done sitting or standing.  This is a program of the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Aging and Independence Services.  For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619. 692.2077 x205 or

Canasta Group
Tuesdays from 12:30-3:30pm
We will no longer have Saturday Canasta here at The Center. Canasta is a card game in the rummy family of games; it’s also a lot of fun to play! 50 & Better enthusiastic canasta group meets every Tuesday.  This group is anxious to teach beginners and welcomes players of all levels. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Art Group: Drawing and Painting
Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm in group room 2
Join others 50 and Better in this multimedia art group and use pencil, pastel, watercolor and more to express yourself. Workshops are held on Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm in group room 2 of The Center. The group is free, but some basic materials may need to be purchased. For information, please
contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Gentle Yoga
Thursdays from 2:45-3:45pm in the Auditorium
We are pleased to announce that we have Gentle Yoga classes for seniors each Thursday at 2:45 pm in the auditorium of The Center. Improve your health and overall well-being, regardless of age, physical ability or financial status. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619. 692.2077 x205 or

Contact Us

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Cyber Center
The Cyber Center is open daily from 9:30am to 9:00pm.

Toni Atkins Lesbian Health Fund

The Toni Atkins Lesbian Health Fund was established by The Imperial Court de San Diego and The Center to assist low-income and uninsured lesbian and bisexual women in accessing necessary healthcare resources. Pick up an application at The Center (WRC), The Lesbian Health Clinic or get it online in English or Spanish.

Check Out Our Testing Hours!

Free HIV testing is available at The Center Monday-Friday 9am-8pm (last test at 7pm) and Saturday 10am-4pm (last test at 3pm). On Fridays only, the early test is available 12 noon-4pm (last test at 3pm). For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

Along with the OraQuick Rapid Antibody test, the Center will now be offering the UCSD Early Test on Fridays ONLY, from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm.) The Early Test is a specialized viral load test for HIV infection as early as one week after exposure.

Join 50 & Better Together on Facebook

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Want to Volunteer?

As our program grows, we will need your help to keep it strong! Can you plan events, teach a hands-on workshop, lead a movement class, give a lecture, facilitate a support or discussion group? Even if you just want to help set up chairs, we need and appreciate your help.

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Support Senior Services at the Center

No matter what strikes your passion and heart most deeply -- seniors, families, housing, equality work -- there are a menu of giving opportunities to help support the 46,000 service visits for LGBT San Diegans that we provide every year!

Every dollar you can give helps to support the services, projects and programs that make a difference for so many in the LGBT San Diego community.

You don't have to give thousands to make a difference in lives, give what you can and together we can all keep making a difference!

Thank you so much for your generosity and for all you do!

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