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Notes from Delores
Thank you to the Imperial Court de San Diego, the Nickys Board of Governors and Nicole Murray Ramirez, and huge congratulations to all of last night's Nicky Award winners! We're proud of Center board member Chris Ward, named Man of the Year, and The Center's director of major gifts, Sarafina Scappicchio, named Woman of the Year. Special congratulations to the Whittington family (and The Center's Project Trans coordinator, Connor Maddocks) for their work on transgender equality, to Bishop James Mathes - Mayor George Moscone Memorial Awardee, to Trans Pride - Harvey Milk Civil Rights Awardee, to Chad Michaels - Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Awardee and to Leonard G. Simpson - Michael Portantino Media Awardee. We are also grateful to have received, with San Diego LGBT Pride, the Outstanding Community Organization award. We couldn’t be prouder of the staff, board and volunteers who give so much time, talent and energy to The Center and the community! San Diego is fortunate to have so many dedicated to community service. There were more than 40 awardees last night - thank you to each and every one for your service and generosity of spirit!

Holiday Hours
The Center will be closed Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day Weekend. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 9 am. Have a safe and happy Labor Day.

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Lynn
Like so many of our volunteers, Bob Lynn volunteers with The Center because he says he wants to give back to an organization that has assisted him. Since joining the organization in the spring of 2012, Bob has held a weekly shift with us – first as a volunteer monitor in our David Bohnett Cyber Center, and now as a member of our outstanding Front Desk crew – where he excels at providing information and resources to clients and visitors. He’s also served as a Dining Out For Life Ambassador and has assisted with several special events and projects, totaling close to 300 hours of volunteer service.  Join Bob and the rest of our amazing team by applying to be a Center Volunteer today!

In the Know with Ian
September is right around the corner, which means it’s soon AIDS Walk San Diego month! Have you registered? Form your team and invite your friends to walk or run in the 25th annual event. Hit that $1,000 mark and join our elite Extra Mile Club for those who have gone the extra mile to raise funds for the multiple HIV/AIDS services that benefit from AWSD! EMC members enjoy extra perks the morning of the walk and receive an invite to our post-walk brunch cruise aboard the Flagship Cruises on Oct. 25. Register today at

Saturday (Yes, Saturday!), Sept. 27, 25th Annual AIDS Walk San Diego

Join us as we commemorate the 25th AIDS Walk & Run San Diego with a special weekend of events. There's a new Walk date – SATURDAY, September 27 – and new Walk/Run start and finish lines located in the heart of Hillcrest. Plus, special AIDS Walk events throughout the weekend of Sept. 27-28 honoring our community’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and standing up for those impacted by the disease. Register today at!

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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, August 26, 1 pm, Senior Food Bank Program
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the fourth Tuesday of every month. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, August 26, 6 pm LGBT Military Family Support Group
The Center and Fleet and Family Support Services are excited to provide this support/education group for LGBT active duty service members and their families. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 and is for couples with or without children. Free child care is available if you RSVP by the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  For more information, contact Caroline Bender at 619.222.5586 or and to RSVP for childcare contact us at

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7 pm, San Diego FTM Support Group
This FTM support group for those assigned female at birth, now identifying as male or questioning their gender meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays monthly, from 7-9 pm. The group for significant others, friends, family and allies of people who identify as transgender meets on the 4th Wednesday monthly from 7-9 pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or

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
Shop at AmazonSmile now and Amazon will donate to The Center! Click on this link to get started.

Get Healthy. Get Covered!
Finally uninsured folks can apply for affordable health care coverage. You can visit now to see your Affordable Care Act options OR you can give us a call at 619.692.2077 x106 and ask for Ben. We have several certified educators who can answer basic questions and offer trainings. Get busy - let us help you get healthy!

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 12 noon, 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

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 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, Sept. 3, 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 or 619.692.2077 x211.

Wednesday, Sept 3, 7pm, Ladies, Laughter and Literature: L3
Join us for our monthly book club at The Center. We are a group of like-minded women who love to dive into various types of literature and share our thoughts, concerns and laughs! This month we will be reading & discussing The Woman Warrior by Maxine Kingston. Join this group of book worms in the community resource room on the 1st 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, call Sheena at 619.692.2077 x212 or look us up on Facebook.

Thursday, Sept. 4, 11 am, The Longevity Club!
The definition of longevity is “a long duration of individual life.” Please join this group every first Thursday of the month at 11 am to discuss what this means and how one can live their life to the fullest. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Thursday, Sept. 4, 12 noon, Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
The coordinator of Senior Services facilitates this group of senior community members who provide input and suggestions for 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 or 619.692.2077 x205.

Thursday, Sept 4, 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

Saturday, Sept. 6, 11 am, LGBT Veterans Benefits Clinic
On Saturday, Sept. 6, 11 am to 1 pm  at The Center, the County of San Diego Veterans Services Office, along with local LGBT military organizations, will present a workshop on benefits accessibility for United States Armed Forces veterans. Participants will learn more about the many services, benefits, and programs available to them, and the County will have some staff on hand to assist veterans in enrolling in certain benefit programs or provide referrals. For more information contact Ben Cartwright at or 619.692.2077 x106.

Saturday, Sept. 6, 1 pm, 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

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1 pm, 50 & Better Games, Games, Games Group
Do you love to play cards or miss the old days of classic games like Connect Four, Life and Trivial Pursuit? Join 50 and Better Together’s new group of game enthusiasts on the second Tuesday of every month, 1-4pm. We’ll have tons of your favorite games available in a relaxed, drop in environment in The Center’s library. This is a free event and all are welcome. For information, contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x212, or

Tuesdays, Sept. 9 & 23, 6:30 pm, Prostate Cancer Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
The prostate cancer group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 pm. For further information, please contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 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 us at

Thursday, Sept. 11, 12 noon, What to Know about Skilled Nursing Facilities
Learn more about Skilled Nursing Facilities, the bridge between time in the hospital and going home for patients who need additional care. For further information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

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 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 For more information, visit

Community Events

M-F, Sept. 15-19, Strength for the Journey Retreat
Strength for the Journey is a 5-day retreat providing a safe, caring and healing community. This retreat is open to anyone with HIV/AIDS without regard to religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. The week includes activities to nourish the mind, body and soul, so that participants may return home with a renewed strenght and spirit.Camp Cedar Glen is not wheelchair accessible.Use or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited and smoking is extremely limited due to fire danger. The camp may not be able to accommodate companion animals. For more information, email Download the application form here.

Friday, Sept. 19, 6 pm, Out on the Mountain
Make plans for the LGBT night at Six Flags Magic Mountain, when the entire park is closed except for this private party event. Join more than 6,000 for a night of fun with thrill rides, DJs, hosts, dancers, and entertainers including RuPaul's Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards. The party begins Friday, Sept. 19 from 6 pm-1 am. Buy your tickets at