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The 25th Annual AIDS Walk and Run was amazing - thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, participants, sponsors, donors and every single person who put their heart and soul into making it a success! It’s such a great feeling when our community comes together for the common purpose of helping others. And it’s not too late to help! Did you as an individual raise $1,000 and make it into the Extra Mile Club? If not, online donations are still being accepted at www.aidswalksd.org, so there’s still time to qualify and receive your invite to the Post Walk brunch cruise aboard Flagship Cruises and Events. This annual event is graciously sponsored by Flagship and includes a delicious brunch for you to enjoy while cruising around the bay. #BeTheGeneration!

Nominations for the Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor are open
Deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 5 pm.

The Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGBT veterans with ties to San Diego who have taken the oath to serve our country and have done so honorably, and with distinction, acting as role models in advancing equality. The Veterans Wall commemorates these veterans' lives in hopes that their courage, bravery and sacrifices will continue to inspire future generations. Those who would like to nominate a veteran for induction at the Nov. 6, 2014 ceremony should submit a nomination package by Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 5 pm. The nomination process includes an application, signatures from at least 2 San Diego co-sponsors, and a copy of the veteran’s DD214 to confirm service. The nomination form, additional criteria and information are available here. <http://www.thecentersd.org/programs/lgbt-veterans-wall/benjamin-f-dillingham-and.html>   For more information, contact Ben Cartwright at bcartwright@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 ext. 106.

SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 pm, Latino Services 10th Anniversary Tardeada!
We're celebrating The Center’s Latino/a Services Program's 10th anniversary with a special Tardeada (Sunday afternoon dance party) on October 19 from 1-4 pm in The Center’s parking lot.Join us for a festive afternoon of music, dancing, tacos, aguas frescas, beer garden, mariachis and more! Tours of the Latino/a Services space will also be offered. Please join us to celebrate and honor Latino/a Services’ 10 years of service and commitment to the community! The event is free, but we are encouraging community members to pledge $10 (or more) a month in support of Latin@ Services. #CelebrandoFamilia!

What's Your Reason?
The Center has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Reasons campaign, which provides resources for finding free, fast and confidential HIV testing, and encourages dialogue through sharing reasons people test. We all have a reason for getting tested for HIV. What's yours? Get tested. Join us by sharing the importance of getting an HIV test with your community, friends, and family, and share tips on how to protect yourself from getting HIV. Learn more here: http://hivtest.cdc.gov/reasons.

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Be sure to follow The Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more #LGBT news around the world, special events, news from The Center, and happenings around the community! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @LGBTCenter and on Facebook at facebook.com/At.The.Center.

Program Newsletters
Click on the links below to go directly to your favorite program newsletters. You can also find them on the program websites.

Family Matters Monthly Newsletter
Project TRANS Monthly Newsletter
50 and Better Together Monthly Newsletter
Women's Resource Center Monthly Newsletter

Spotlight Events

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6:30 pm, Project Trans Ice Cream Social 
Join Project Trans and A Touch of Love at The Center from 6:30-8:30 to eat delicious ice cream and make fantastic new friends. For more information contact Connor Maddocks attrans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6:30 pm, Guys, Games & Grub
Join us for Guys, Games & Grub with host Ben Cartwright! Meet new friends while enjoying snacks, food, and drinks for only a $5 donation to Men’s Programming. On the first Wednesday of every month, nearly 200 men age 21 and over 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 aheier@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x211.
 
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 pm, Sisters In Support
Join us for a new WRC support group for women affected by breast cancer. SIS welcomes all women who are affected by breast cancer either currently or in the past. This includes all women patients and partners that are facing any issue with breast cancer, want support and are looking for other women that can relate. We meet the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 pm in the Community Resource room at The Center. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

Program Activities: Youth, Seniors, Families, Men, Women, HIV Community and More

HIV Testing at The Center
HIV tests are available at The Center Monday/Wednesday, 9 am-2 pm, Tuesday/Thursday, 9 am-3:15 pm and Friday, 9 am-1:45 pm. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101.

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Miércoles, 6:30 pm, Grupo de apoyo "Las Manzanitas"
Las Manzanitas es un grupo de apoyo LGBT que provee información y apoyo para los que viven infectados/afectados por el VIH. No es necesario ser VIH+ para participar. El grupo se reúne semanalmente cada Miércoles de 6:30 a 9:00 pm y se proveen bocadillos. Amigos y parientes de la comunidad LGBT son bienvenidos el ultimo Miércoles del mes. Para más información, por favor póngase en contacto con Carolina Ramos, 619.692.2077 x116.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7 pm, Ladies, Laughter and Literature: L3
Join a group of like-minded women who love to dive into various types of literature and share thoughts, concerns and laughs! This month the group will be reading & discussing Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown. At thirty-five, Mary Frazier Armstrong, called "Frazier" by friends and enemies alike, is a sophisticated woman. Join this group of book worms in the community resource room on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm. There is great variety in the books chosen and are selected each month by popular vote. For more information, email women@thecentersd.org or call Sheena at 619.692.2077 x212.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 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. http://sandiegofoodbank.org

 Tuesday, October 7, 6 pm, LGBT Parents Discuss

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 pm for our topic-oriented LGBT parent support group. It's a great way to interact and meet other parents in the area, with a new topic to be announced each month. For more information or if you have topic suggestions, contact us at 619.692.2077 x121 or families@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 12 noon, Diamonds in the Rough: Etiquette with Miss Pepper
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every other Wednesday for a fun and informative class on etiquette designed especially for trans women. The group meets from 12 noon-1:30 pm in Latino Services. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x109.

Thursday, October 9, 12 noon, The Importance of Voting 
The November mid-term election is right around the corner! Please join us as we discuss ballot measures, how to register to vote and how to update your voter registration. For further information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

 Saturday, Oct. 11, 7 pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble 
Join the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 pm for their Fall concert "Friends." The concert will be held at the acoustically magnificent First Unitarian Universalist Church (4190 Front St, next to UCSD hospital). The evening's line up will feature top-notch original compositions, arrangements and orchestral transcriptions by band members and friends, including the world premiere of "Suite for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble" composed by John Winkelman and performed by clarinetist Patrick McMahon. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and can be purchased from any band member, or at The Windsmith (3875 Granada Ave in North Park), and online at sdartstix.com. For more info visit hillcrestwindensemble.com or call 619.692.2077 x814.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 pm, Meet One Book One San Diego Featured Author Lysley Tenorio
Join us at The Center for a special reading and signing by this year's One Book, One San Diego featured author, Lysley Tenorio. Tenorio will be reading from his book Monstress at a special LGBT community reception at The Center, Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 7-8 pm. Don't miss it! For more details, email info@sdliteraryfoundation.org.

Wednesday, October 15, 12 noon, Lunch & Learn: Mental Health and Well-Being in Older Adults
Learn to identify signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety in our senior population. Join us as a behavioral health nurse provides information and tips on how to manage and cope with chronic mental illness. For more information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 pm, Sisters In Support
Join us for a new WRC support group for women affected by breast cancer. SIS welcomes all women who are affected by breast cancer either currently or in the past. This includes all women patients and partners that are facing any issue with breast cancer, want support and are looking for other women that can relate. We meet the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 pm in the Community Resource room at The Center. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 pm, Latino Services 10th Anniversary Tardeada!
We're celebrating The Center’s Latino@ Services Program's 10th anniversary with a special Tardeada (Sunday afternoon dance party) on October 19 from 1-4 pm in The Center’s parking lot. Join us for a festive afternoon of music, dancing, tacos, aguas frescas, beer garden, mariachis and more! Tours of the Latin@ Services space will also be offered. Please join us to celebrate and honor Latin@ Services’ 10 years of service and commitment to the community! The event is free, but we are encouraging community members to pledge $10 (or more) a month in support of Latin@ Services. #CelebrandoFamilia!

Thursday, Oct. 23, 6 pm, Harvest Howl
Don’t miss the 9th Annual Harvest Howl for The Center’s Youth Housing Project, hosted by the good folks of MARYAH on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6-9 pm at the top of San Diego's beautiful new Downtown Central Library located in the East Village! At this Halloween-themed cocktail party guests will enjoy food from more than a dozen restaurants, a hosted bar for the first hour, live entertainment, a 50/50 Drawing and a fantastic silent auction. Tickets start at just $40 and Friends of MARYAH sponsorships start at just $150. Buy tickets at www.maryah.org.

Friday, October 31, 10 am, Microsoft Excel Basics (2010/2013)
Learn the basics about Microsoft Excel, such as formatting text and numbers, using Excel menus and toolbars, creating formulas, creating and editing charts and graphs, and more. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so email  hroman@thecentersd.org today to reserve your space.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 6 pm, Red Hot: Dia De Los Muertos
Bust out your dancing shoes and join the Women's Resource Center for our Red Hot Ladies Night at The Center on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 6-10 pm. DJ Laura Jane will be in the house, spinning all your favorite hits. Enjoy dancing, mingling, food, traditional altars, photo booth & face painting for only $5 per person. Come prepared to participate in our face painting/costume contest! Tickets are available at the door. A no-host bar will be available, complete with drink specials all night. This is a 21+ event - ID must be shown at the door. For more information or to have a memorial candle made, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or women@thecentersd.org.

Senior Services
The Center’s Senior Services has opened up worlds previously thought impossible for some. Our program, and “50 and Better Together,” strives to create a safe place for those 50 and up to access important resources and referrals related to health care, social services and other community activities. As San Diego continues to see a continually increasing number of LGBT seniors, it is vitally important that we are able to provide services to the more than 1,000 seniors who access our program each year. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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 onduty@thecentersd.org. For more information, visit www.thecentersd.org/programs/behavioral-health-services.

Community Events


Sunday, Oct. 12, 4 pm, Proclamation Celebration
Speaker of the California State Assembly and Governor for a Day Toni G. Atkins made a proclamation in honor of Lambda Archives of San Diego. Come celebrate and hear Speaker Atkins talk about why she made this proclamation and the value of LGBT history. No advance tickets are required. Celebrate this momentous event with Lambda Archives on Sunday, Oct. 12 4-6 pm in Coronado. If you can't attend, you can make an on-line donation at www.lambdaarchives.us/donations.htm. The event will be held at a private home. for address and details, RSVP to events@lambdaarchives.org or 619.260.1522. 

Give our Dining Out for Life© Restaurants Year-Round Love!

We’ve teamed up with 1App - a mobile app that makes it easy to visit the restaurants we partner with for our annual Dining Out for Life event. 1App is a local startup that empowers smartphone users to make decisions on where in San Diego to eat, shop and play based on their personal affiliations, memberships and lifestyles. Download 1App and activate the The Center San Diego Lens, and every time you reach for your phone to decide on where to eat, you’ll be able to see the business closest to you that has participated in Dining Out for Life. It’s a new opportunity for us to show some year-round love to the restaurants that make such huge contributions during our annual event. Download the app at http://bit.ly/TheCenterSD and activate the The Center San Diego Lens (located in the Support a Cause category of the app) today!