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Notes from Delores
The November 4 election is less than 10 days away! We are calling voters this week and next to remind them to vote (not how to vote, but simply to vote) because voting matters for our community!
There are a variety of ways to vote and you can chose which is most convenient:
Vote by Mail - If you haven’t yet mailed your mail ballot, mail it by Wednesday October 29! If you miss Wednesday you can drop off your ballot Tuesday at any polling place!
Vote Early - Registered voters can vote though Election Day, including this Saturday and Sunday, at the Registrar of Voters, 8am-5pm at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, 92123
Vote at the Polls - Election Day, polls open 7am-8pm
Vote with all of us, for all of us!

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight

In the Know with Ian
Thank you to the ever-fabulous MARYAH crew, who hosted another fantastic Harvest Howl event last Thursday! Over the last 10 years this dedicated group of real estate professionals have raised more than $300,000 to support The Center's Youth Housing Project. Their commitment is impressive and their support makes an incredible difference in the lives of homeless youth in San Diego. We can't thank them enough.

Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 4 - Are You Ready?
Through Nov. 3: Early voting at Registrar of Voters, weekdays 8am-5pm
Oct. 28: Last day to apply for a mail ballot
Oct. 29: Last day to mail in your ballot
(you can turn it in at any poll location on Nov. 4)
Nov. 1 & 2: Saturday and Sunday voting at Registrar of Voters, 8am-5pm
Nov. 4: Election Day, polls open 7am-8pm
Register and pledge to vote online at!

Food Bank Moved for Election Day
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 9am, Food Bank (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
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 November it will be held on the first Wednesday to avoid conflicting with Election Day. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website

Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:30pm, Veterans Wall of Honor 2014 Induction Ceremony
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5:30-7pm to recognize 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 evening will include a brief program and light refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ben Cartwright at or 619.692.2077 x106.

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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, Oct. 28, 1pm, Senior Food Bank
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older once a 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 at, or contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Friday, October 31, 10am, Microsoft Excel Basics
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 today to reserve your space.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 6pm, Red Hot Ladies Night: 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

Sunday, Nov. 2, 6pm, Dia de Los Muertos Dance
Join us at The Center on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 6-9pm for a Dia de Los Muetros dance benefitting The Center's Nicole Murray Ramirez Latin@ Services. It's only $5 at the door and food and drinks will be available for purchase. This is a 21+ event - ID must be shown at the door. For more information, contact Carolina Ramos at 619.692.2077 x116.

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.

Shop for Good
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Yoga for Everyone, Mondays, 10 am
Yoga for Everyone meets at The Center on Mondays at 10 am. The class is open to participants of all levels, as well as newcomers. Personalized attention and plenty of options are featured to make sure you have a great yoga experience. Best of all, the class is free! For more information, contact Carolina Ramos at 619.692.2077 x116, or

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.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 12 noon, A Touch of Love Trans Support Group
Project TRANS invites you to join Miss Pepper Price every Thursday from noon to 1 pm for a daytime support group for Trans identified folks. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at

Thursday, Oct. 30, 12 noon, Medicare Fraud: Don't Be a Victim
The Senior Medicare Patrol – SMP will show you how to protect yourself, detect and report Medicare fraud, abuse and errors. Preventing Medicare fraud prevents identity theft. Learn about new Medicare spousal eligibility post the overturn of DOMA as well as about the changes in benefits for gender reassignment surgery. If you would like to report potential Medicare fraud, please call the Senior Medicare Patrol office at 855.613.7080. For any other information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Saturday, Nov. 1, Women of Color United
Join Women of Color United at The Center, 3909 Centre Street on the first & third Saturday of every month from 1-3 pm in Latin@ Services. This discussion group is geared specifically towards lesbian, bisexual and transgender women of color. For more information, email

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 9am, Food Bank (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
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 November it will be held on the first Wednesday to avoid conflicting with Election Day. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30pm, 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 or 619.692.2077 x211.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The Coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who advises her on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center.   These meetings are for anyone interested in providing input on the services that we offer.  For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Thursday, 7 pm, Sisters in Support
Join us for a 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 facing any issue with breast cancer who want support and are looking for other women who can relate. We meet the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm in the community resource room at The Center. For more information, contact Sheena Whitaker at 619.692.2077 x212, or

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7pm, Bi Any Name
Join The Center’s discussion group on bisexuality on the third Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30 pm. It’s a welcoming space to share your experiences, ask questions, discuss community issues and meet like-minded people. This group is open to all persons who are sexually and/or emotionally attracted to more than one gender. For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Jen at

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6pm, 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 us at

Family Matters
Family Matters, the family program at The Center, is designed to provide resources, education, support and opportunities for community engagement for LGBT-headed families and those considering parenthood. Find out more on our website or contact us at

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 For more information, visit

Community Events

Monday, Nov. 3, 5:30 pm, 2015 HRC Corporate Equality Index Preview and Network Event
The Human Rights Campaign San Diego and Equality Professionals Network present a special preview of the HRC 2015 Corporate Equality Index. Jeff Krehely, Vice President and Chief Foundation Officer for the Human Rights Campaign, will provide information on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. Jason Collins, the first openly gay active professional basketball player with the NBA, will speak on his experience in professional sports and his current mission. Network with LGBTA professionals. Appetizers and wine will be served. Event is free, but seating is limited, so reserve your place today by registering at Registration ends Saturday, Nov. 1 at noon and is required for attendance.

Friday, Nov. 7, 7 pm, Meet the *B's: Dispelling Myths ABout Bisexuality
Don't miss yourchance to meet the bi's (and pans, fluids & queers)at The Center on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7-9pm. Join Bi Coming Out Group, Bi Forum, amBi, Bi Bar and San Diego Bi Women's Meetup for a panel discussion featuring Lady Ajax and members of our local bi community, followed by a Q & A. Don't miss the "Ask a Bi" booths, where you can quiz bi healthcare and legal professionals one-on-one. For accommodations, send a request by Oct. 31 to

Pie in the Sky!
Purchase your Thanksgiving pie for $25 and help Mama's Kitchen provide free, nutritious home-delivered meals to San Diego men, women and children who are severely impacted by cancer or AIDS. 100% of the proceeds of each pie goes toward our mission to feed our critically ill neighbors. This Thanksgiving, please consider buying a "Love-A-Client Pie" (a donated pie) for just $25 to provide pie and holiday meals for folks who would otherwise go hungry. Buy your pies at

Nov. 6-15, San Diego Asian Film Festival
For its 15th Anniversary, SDAFF will showcase over 140 films from 21 countries at a record 9 different venues in San Diego from November 6-15. The LGBT Dignity pass includes admission to all 11 LGBT films at a reduced rate. Visit the festival website at to buy your pass or to purchase tickets to individual films.

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 and activate the The Center San Diego Lens (located in the Support a Cause category of the app) today!