News of Note
Brandon's Center Connection
Whether you celebrated Thanksgiving or Hanukkah, or just enjoyed time off with family, we hope you and a wonderful holiday break. As we return to our daily lives, let’s remember all the things we have to be thankful for this year. The Center’s more than 800 volunteers make The Center a truly special place to work. Their generosity in time, talent, and treasure make it possible for our programs to better serve our diverse community and we are truly thankful for the individual contributions of every center volunteer. Thank you! As 2013 comes to a close, please tell us what you are thankful for and why The Center is important to you by making your #GivingTogether donation today and posting your #GivingTogether picture to facebook.
Thank You San Diego Frontrunners!
We'd like to give a big Thank You to San Diego Frontrunners for their very generous $5000 donation. They've been strong Center supporters for a very long time and we're very grateful!
by Tom Blair
STRONG AND CLEVER: Socialites lamenting the passage of Top of the Park’s Friday night fraternizing will have at least one option in the New Year. Management of the Inn at the Park recently confirmed the closing of the storied rooftop bar by January 31, but another neighborhood watering hole has stepped briskly into the breach. Babycakes is prepping for its January opening of “Fridays on Fifth,” the “new go-to spot with amazing drink specials and $5 bar bites in the heart of Hillcrest,” according to proprietor Christopher Stavros. For its first two Friday socials, Jan. 24 and 31, Babycakes will go head-to-head with Top of the Park. Stavros can’t guarantee the Top’s panoramic view of the city from Babycakes, but he does promise “strong drinks and clever conversation.”... Read full blog
Finally uninsured folks can apply for affordable health care coverage. You can visit www.coveredca.com now to see your Affordable Care Act options OR you can give us a call at 619.692.2077 x 213 and ask for Ben or Aldo. We have several certified educators who can answer basic questions and offer trainings.If you enroll before Dec. 15, your benefits will begin on January 1! Get busy - let us help you get healthy!
Are You Ready for the Runoff?
You must be registered to vote at least 15 days prior to each election. To ensure your voting materials are delivered timely and accurately, verify that you are registered correctly! Check your voter registration status here. If you have recently submitted a voter registration form, it can take several days to process your registration. Please check your status again at a later date to confirm you are registered. If not, register online here.
Restaurants of the Week
Thank you to all of the restaurants that participated in Dining Out for Life® San Diego! Be sure to show them some love by visiting them throughout the year. For a complete list, visit the website.
Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant
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Project TRANS Monthly Newsletter
Family Matters Monthly Newsletter
50 and Better Together Monthly Newsletter
Women's Resource Center Monthly Newsletter
Save the Date with Sarafina
Martinis Above Fourth’s 10th Annual Charity Wreath Auction takes place tonight, Monday, December 2nd! The live auction will be led by the beautiful Lady Ajax and begin at 7:30 pm. We recommend arriving by 6:30 pm to get your paddle and get and great seat! There will also be an impressive array of items to bid on at our Silent Auction so, bring your checkbook with you, and get your holiday shopping done in the most stress-free way…while enjoying a cocktail and catching up with friends at this Hillcrest holiday tradition! For more information, visit www.martinisabovefourth.com/wreath.
2013 Financial Audit Available
In an ongoing commitment to maintaining fiscal strength and transparency, the San Diego LGBT Community Center announces the completion of its annual independent audit and is pleased to announce it has continued to achieve an unqualified (no material findings) audit. Center auditors state “In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of The Center as of June 30, 2013 and 2012, and the changes in its net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.” The 2013 audit can be found on The Center’s website at www.thecentersd.org/about/financial-info.html.
Monday, Dec. 2 7:30 pm, Martinis Above Fourth Wreath Auction
It's a wonderful world of wreaths at Martinis Above Fourth’s 10th Annual Charity Wreath Auction on Monday, December 2. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the live auction begins at 7:30 pm. Bid on the wreath of your dreams and check out the impressive array of items to bid on at our silent auction. For more information, visit www.martinisabovefourth.com/wreath.
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 9 am, Food Bank
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, 9-10:30 am, visit The Center’s parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 pm, Guys, Games & Grub
Guys, Games & Grub has become a San Diego phenomenon! On the first Wednesday of every month, nearly 200 men of all ages (21+) gather at The Center for a night of games, pizza, drinks and socializing. Some of San Diego's most interesting men are here - come join them. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x211.
Program Activities: Youth, Seniors, Families, Men, Women, HIV Community and More
How’s Your Health?
Health Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your health, and learning how to get information so that you can understand things about your health. It includes finding a healthcare provider who will understand your unique needs and support you in your healthcare decisions. Find out more on our website.
Free Legal Clinics
Thomas Jefferson School of Law will be holding free legal clinics during December and January. Each clinic provides a free legal consultation with a licensed attorney and law student. The clinics provide limited legal assistance for low to moderate income self-represented individuals and will not provide ongoing representation. Appointments are required for each clinic.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Employee Rights Self-Help Clinic, 619.961.4371
Wednesday, Dec. 18, and Jan. 15, 6-8 pm Veterans Self-Help Clinic, 619.961.4369
Saturday, Jan. 18, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Small Claims Clinic, 619.961.4371
Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30-7:30 pm, Family Law Self-Help Clinic, 619.961.4371
There is help. There is hope.
The Center’s Behavioral Health Services (BHS) program offers a highly qualified team of professional counselors to provide individual, couples, family and group counseling to address the mental health needs of the LGBT and HIV communities. To speak with an on-duty counselor or to sign up for counseling services, please call 619.692.2077 x208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm Up to Winter
Stay safe AND warm this holiday season. Before you fire up your furnace, schedule an annual gas safety checkup. As temperatures drop and the holiday season starts, gas heaters, ovens and appliances get a workout! Keep your natural gas appliances in safe working condition by taking advantage of SDG&E’s FREE gas appliance safety check. There are two easy ways to schedule an appointment. Sign up online and manage your gas safety check appointment with My Account or call SDG&E at 800.411.7343 to schedule.
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6 pm, LGBT Parents Connect
Having a tough day? Learned the secret to not having a tough day? If you need a sympathetic ear, or if you just want to meet other parents in the area, then this group is for you. If you’ve already dealt with issues such as coming out, temper tantrums, troubled teens or single parenting, come share your experiences and insight. This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month in Latino Services. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Jane at email@example.com.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 pm, Jingle Bell Rock Ball
Join us for our Jingle Bell Rock Ball on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Commonwealth San Diego from 5-7 pm. This fun-filled event will include lots of holiday cheer, drinks, bites, and music by DJ Taj. In the spirit of #GivingTogether, those who pledge to give $15 to The Center’s I Belong monthly giving program will be treated to a free signature cocktail and happy hour pricing all night long! See you there!
Saturday, Dec. 14, Come Home for the Holidays!
Yes, it's almost that time again - time to join your LGBT family to celebrate the end of the year with a lot of good cheer and good food. There will be arts & crafts for the kids, the Imperial Court's Coney Island senior experience, and plenty of food, family and friends. Organizations interested in joining the fun as community partners can contact Carolina Ramos at 619.692.2077 x116 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Presents 'Rockin' Around the Water Cooler'
The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will present a special Holiday Concert featuring "Rockin' Around the Water Cooler," a holiday musical play, on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 pm. at the lovely San Diego Woman's Club, 2557 3rd Ave. in Bankers Hill. The ensemble will present traditional holiday classics along with music of Vienna celebrating the New Year. During the second half of the evening's presentation, the band will become the "pit orchestra" for the staged musical. Refreshments will be served during intermission, including home-baked treats. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased from any band member, at The Windsmith at 3875 Granada Ave. in North Park, or $20 at the door. For more info visit hillcrestwindensemble.com or call 619.692.2077 x814.
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: 'Out Late'
This feature film looks at five individuals who made a decisive change later in life - to come out as lesbian, gay, or transgender after the age of 55. Why did they wait until their 50's, 60's, or 70's to come out? And what was the turning point that caused each of these people finally to openly declare themselves? From Canada to Florida, to Kansas, we find out what ultimately led these dynamic individuals to make the liberating choice to pursue fully integrated lives. For further information and to RSVP, please contact LaRue Fields at email@example.com or 619.692.2077 x205.
The Center’s Latin@ Services provides a safe, welcoming and culturally and linguistically appropriate space that allows community members to accept and embrace all of who they are, including their culture, traditions, language, spirituality and sexual and gender identities. For more information, visit us online or contact Carolina Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.692.2077 x116.
Behavioral Health Services & Counseling (English & Spanish)
The Center offers a wide range of counseling services through its Behavioral Health Services programs. Services include individual, couple/family and group counseling. Counseling services are also available for those struggling with same-sex relationship violence, transgender persons who need assistance with transition, for individuals, couples and families struggling with HIV/AIDS. To speak with an on-duty counselor or to sign up for counseling services, call 619.692.2077 x208, or email at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.thecentersd.org/programs/behavioral-health-services.
She-Rantulas from Outer Space - in 3D! at Diversionary Theatre
Don't miss Diversionary Theatre’s production of She-Rantulas from Outer Space -in 3-D! This thrilling 90-minute comedy of horrors draws inspiration from classic cult B-Horror films of the 1950’s, and turns the genre on its side and inside out with laugh-out-loud gender-bending hilarity. The authors describe the show this way, “there will be carnage! There will be destruction! There will be men in women’s clothing! The Management requests that you PLEASE not reveal the SHOCKING final scene to friends or family members, and guarantee to BURY YOU without charge if you die of FRIGHT. To avoid fainting, keep telling yourself it’s only a play…” The production is scheduled to run through November 17. Tickets are available online at www.diversionary.org, by calling 619.220.0097 or in person by visiting 4545 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92116.
Sunday, Dec 8, 7:30 pm, GMSR Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Hold the meatballs! The Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat (GMSR) is serving up their annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Center on December 8 from 6-9 pm. This fundraiser includes dinner, drag performances hosted by Miss Viagra, a mega raffle, and a dessert auction. Tickets can be purchased for $20 per person at the Live & Let Live Alano Club at 1730 Monroe Ave in University Heights.