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Holiday Hours
The Center will be closed
Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 27 to 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Notes from Delores
This is a time of year when we stop and remind ourselves of how much we are grateful for. Here at The Center, we're incredibly fortunate and deeply grateful for much. Our list of things of things to be thankful for is long, beginning with the opportunity to serve and to be inspired by our community. As we do the work to build community we are deeply grateful for the many generous donors, sponsors and volunteers who help make it possible for us to continue doing all that we do. Each one of you makes a difference. You change the lives of thousands of LGBT San Diegans for the better. And for that, we can't thank you enough!

Annual Independent Audit
The Center’s annual independent audited financials are out! While The Center is a part of a number of audits each year (for different types of government funds - HIV, Youth Housing, etc.), this annual audit includes the complete list of all funding sources and all programs. We are delighted to make this audit available to all and to report that, once again, more than 85 cents of every dollar you give to The Center goes to programs!
Find the audited financials here: www.thecentersd.org/pdf/2014-audited-financial.pdf

Annual Report
Also available is The Center's annual report. Read the annual report here: 
http://www.thecentersd.org/pdf/fy-2014-annual-report.pdf

Sarafina's Corporate Spotlight



In the Know with Ian
Can you believe Thanksgiving is already here? We’re extremely thankful to have so many #CenterSupporters who believe in and support our mission. Because of you, we can continue our work and provide more than 61,000 service visits each year. Thanksgiving is in a matter of days and part of our family is struggling to put a meal on the table. Please help our 100 families and seniors by making a donation so we may provide them with holiday meals and toys.

PrEP - Get Educated
How well does PrEP work? The PrEP medication works very well at preventing HIV infection. It is most effective when taken every day. Missing only an occasional dose may not impact how well the medication works but the more days a person misses a dose, the less protective the medication will be for any exposures that occur during that time period. Learn more.

Covered California Open Enrollment Has Begun!
Health insurance gives you the peace of mind to do what you love for as long as you can. Join the over 1 million Californians who now enjoy that peace of mind daily. The San Diego LGBT Community Center has staff on hand who can answer your questions and help you get enrolled in the right health plan. Contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at 619.692.2077 x213 or smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org for more information or to make an appointment to explore your options or enroll in coverage.


SAVE THE DATE!
Got Wreaths?
The 11th Annual Wreath Auction will be held on Monday, Dec. 8 at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage - and we can’t have a wreath auction without wreaths! So we're asking all you creative types (individual, organization, circle of friends) to make wreaths to be auctioned off to raise money for the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund. The only requirements are that they be festive and that any greenery be artificial (no fire hazards, y'all). Wreaths can be dropped off at The Center or Martinis Above Fourth, where we will applaud your creativity and generosity. Then join us on Dec. 8 and place your bids! For more information, contact Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org.

Follow Us!
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 Nov. 25, 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 or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.


Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7:30pm, Young Men’s Discussion Group
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young men’s group meets at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org

Monday, Dec. 1, 4pm, Dr. A. Brad Truax Award Ceremony
The Dr. A Brad Truax Award Ceremony and Reception was created to honor the memory of Dr. Truax and his contributions to the HIV/AIDS effort in San Diego. The award is given annually to recognize the outstanding overall contributions made by a person involved in the struggle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our community. The Awards Ceremony is a free event that will include light refreshments and feature artwork created by local HIV-positive artists. After the award ceremony and reception, attendees will join in a candle-lit walk to the Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony at the Village Hillcrest, which begins at 6pm.

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.


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.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 11am, Creative Writing
This is a fun, relaxed writing group that is open to all. Join the fun on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Each class, we cover a writing topic at the beginning of the session and then write to a writing prompt for several minutes. We then share our work and give feedback. For more information, contact facilitator Betty Owen at owen.betty@gmail.com.  

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 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 seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 9am, 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

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6pm, LGBT Parents Discuss
Join us on the first Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30pm for our new, 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 Don Stith @ 619.692.2077 x121 or families@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 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 aheier@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x211.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7pm, 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 women@thecentersd.org.

Monday, Dec. 8, 7:30pm, Annual Wreath Auction
The 11th Annual Wreath Auction will be held on Monday, Dec. 8 at Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage. We can’t have a wreath auction unless we have wreaths. This is a call out to all you creative types who can make an artificial wreath to be auctioned off to raise money for the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund. Wreaths can be any size or shape and can be donated by individuals, businesses or organizations. Wreaths will be accepted beginning Monday, Nov. 24 and can be dropped off at The San Diego LGBT Community Center or Martinis Above Fourth.Then join us on Dec 8 and bid for fabulous holiday decor! For more information contact Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1pm, 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 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 seniors@thecentersd.org.

LGBT Parents Connect, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6-7:30pm
Wonderful group to meet other parents in the area, come share your experiences and insights.  This group touches on such issues as coming out, troubled teens, single parenting, school systems, tempers, adoption, etc. and meets on the second Tuesday of each month.  If you are having a tough day or just need someone to talk to, join us for a supportive evening with friends. Child care is available for this group free of charge. Contact Don Stith at 619.692.2077 x121 or families@thecentersd.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7pm, 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 7-9pm. For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at 619.692.2077 x109 or trans@thecentersd.org.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 5pm, Come Home for the Holidays
Join us at The Center from 5-8pm as we gather to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions within the San Diego LGBT Community. This is a free, family-event open to all. Come to dance, celebrate, learn something new and meet your “neighbors”!  Holiday refreshments will be provided by an array of LGBT community host organizations. For more information,  contact Carolina at cramos@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x116.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 7pm, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert
Join the Hillcrest Wind Ensemble as they celebrate the holidays at 7pm on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church (4190 Front ST). Enjoy music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and can be purchased from any band member, at The Windsmith at 3875 Granada Ave. in North Park and online at sdartstix.com. For more info visit hillcrestwindensemble.com or call 619.692.2077 x814.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 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 bianyname@gmail.com.

Friday, Dec. 19, 10am, How to “Degunk” Your Computer
Degunking is term we use to describe how you can clean up your computer so that it runs like it did the day you brought it home, without actually having to reformat it or give in and purchase a new one. Space is limited and filled on a first come-first served basis. RSVP to
hroman@thecentersd.org with your name, contact info, and which class you would like to sign up for!

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, find us online or 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

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 www.mamaspies.org.

Thursday, Nov. 27, 12 noon, Scott Carlson Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Free Thanksgiving dinner to all who attend. The program starts at 11:30am and food is served from noon to 2:30pm. For more information, contact Michael Lochner at 619.501.6793 or Julie Hoffman at 619.379.8624.

San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council Seeks New Members
The San Diego HIV Planning Council is responsible for planning services for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Diego, and for allocating funding for these services under the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. All meetings of the Planning Council and its committees are open to the public. People living with HIV/AIDS are especially encouraged to attend and to get involved. To find out more, visit http://sdplanning.org/membership.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 6pm, GMSR Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction
Join the Gay Men's Spiritual Retreat for an evening of food, fun, fellowship and fundraising! This jam packed event will include drag performances hosted by Miss Viagra, a dessert auction, and mega raffle with prizes you've only dreamt of! Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door or in advance from Board Members or at the Live and Let Live Alano Club located at 1730 Monroe Ave in University Heights.

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!