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GAY CENTER MARCH/APRIL EVENTS

208 W. 13th Street, NYC | GayCenter.org | Contact: Keisha Bush, (212) 620-7310 X227, kbush@gaycenter.org

Highlights (see full listings below for details)

Culture, Arts and Appearances
The Short Bus, 3/5
Center Dinner, 3/25
Loaded, 3/26-4/2
Nina’s Heavenly Delights, 3/27
Women Sing the Blues, 4/9
Networking Seminar for Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Women, 4/23
Blue Fire on the Water, 4/30
VGL 5’4” Top, 4/30-5/2

Support & Spirituality
Moonfire Empowerment & Spirituality Network Events, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25
Straight Acting, 3/19
Making Love, 4/16

Education
Center Share-a-Thon: Find Your Place in the Sun, 3/7; 3/24; 4/16
Kink For All New York City, 3/8
Out Professionals Career Boot Camp Series, 3/3, 3/10, 3/18
Lesbian Sex Mafia, 3/13

Health
Health Fair for LGBT Older Adults, 3/12
Women of Color Game Night, 3/13
LCI Health and Pleasure Fair, 3/19
Discovering Your Inner Coach: Life Coaching for Women, 3/23-4/20
GIP Reunion, 4/17
LGBT Immigration Fair, 4/23

Social Life
GBLT Gay Life Expo, 3/21-3/22
Bingo, 3/27; 4/24
Dance 208: Burlesque Dance with DJ Honey Dijon, 4/11
Dance 208: Studio 54 Anniversary/Rollerena Birthday with DJ Ted Snowdon, 4/25
Sports New York, 4/29

Youth and Family

Sperm and Egg Mixer, 3/11
Family Play Day: Meditation & Yoga in the House, 4/21
ADVOCAY

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 4PM-6PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 8PM-9:30PM
ABGINUSA's Recruitment Meetings to Benefit Gays in Brazil
This Brazilian-American LGBT group from Newark is holding information sessions. All who are genuinely interested are welcome. Free. abginusa@gmail.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 6PM-8PM
Spanish Language Legal Clinic of the LGBT Law Association Foundation of Greater NY
This free walk-clinic for Spanish speakers provides general legal information and referrals. The clinic is held the third Monday of each month - sign-up 6-6:30pm. 212.353.9118, www.le-gal.org, le_gal@earthlink.net.

CULTURE

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 1PM-4PM
Annual APCG In-Town
Brunch & Party
The Board of the Arts Project of Cherry Grove, Inc. (APCG) is grateful to the Center for hosting the annual APCG In-town Brunch & Party. As you may know, Cherry Grove has, more than any other Fire Island community, contributed to the island’s fame (and notoriety). The Grove’s origin dates back almost 120 years. Since 1948 the APCG has been dedicated to the advancement, preservation, and promotion of the cultural and artistic expressions of the LGBT community. For the past 60 years our Cherry Grove Community Theater and has filled every spring, summer and fall weekend with artistic expression from every discipline. Join us and (re)acquaint yourself with your LGBT “roots”, learn about the Grove’s history and present day accomplishments, meet old friends and make new ones! For tickets go to artsprojectcherrygrove.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 2, RECEPTION 6:30PM, PROGRAM 7:30PM, $10
MONDAY, APRIL 6, RECEPTION 6:30PM, PROGRAM 7:30PM, $10
Center Voices presents
OUTmusic
OUTmusic the non-profit organization of lgbt musicians and performers is open to performers of all kinds, including singers, songwriters, comedians and spoken word artists. Doors open at 6:30PM and sign-up begins at 6:45PM. Each performer will be allowed 5 minutes or one song. The two-hour show kicks off at 7:30PM. For more information about the OUTmusic Open Mic, email contact@outmusic.com. gaycenter.org

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, PERFORMANCE 8PM, RECEPTION 9PM, $5
Poets and Playwrights presents
The Short Bus
Poets and Playwrights present: The Short Bus by Adrian Palacios and Directed by Fritz Brekeller. A dark and scintillating tale of a brilliant, over-achieving orphan whose confession to an affair with a special education student shatters the lives of everyone riding a short school bus home from a show choir competition. Featuring Jeff Branson, Kelli Porterfield, Nedra McClyde and Julian Acosta. gaycenter.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, RECEPTION 6:30PM, PROGRAM 7:30PM, $8/ONLINE; $10/DOOR
Special Lesbian Cinema Arts presents
TABOO… “YARDIES”
News reports have documented the homophobic culture that exists in our neighboring island of Jamaica. But do these images portrayed in the media reflect the culture as a whole? Tonight’s documentary, Taboo…Yardies, is intended to shed some light on one of the many stereotypes that plague Jamaican culture; that most Jamaicans are violent towards gays and lesbians. The filmmaker, Selena Blake says, “The Jamaica I know is one that is characterized more by tolerance, if not open acceptance. There is the majority who could not care less about someone’s sexual preference. We want the world to know that we are not a nation ruled by homophobes and the barbaric actions of a handful of ignorant natives.” Through a series of interviews the filmmaker sheds a different perspective on homophobia in Jamaica. gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 11AM-2PM
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 6PM-9PM
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 6PM-9PM
Center Share-a-Thon: Find Your Place in the Sun
Offering a share? Seeking a share? Meet your match and enjoy beverage bargains at the Center. Register now to guarantee your space. Bring photos, floor plans, fliers; laptop outlets limited. Whatever your budget, you’ll find tempting offerings in every category - quarter-share, half-share, full share. Skip the sign-in line and make the most of each and every Center Share-a-Thon: register online now. $40 Offerors, $15 Share Seekers, Additional Offeror is, $15 per event. gaycenter.org

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 & 21, 5:30PM-7:30PM, $5/DOOR
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 & 18, 5:30PM-7:30PM, $5/DOOR
The Women’s Coffee House
$5 Door charge, coffee/tea/dessert included. Women Only.
March 7: Christine Baker, athlete & sports writer (Full Court Press Online) discusses women’s sports and her work covering the WNBA and others. March 21: Michelle Goldberg reads from her latest book The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World and discusses international issues through the prism of women’s rights. April 4: Poet Roberta Gould reads from her recently released book Louder Than Seeds, then invites audience members to read a poem/essay of their own. April 18: TBA. Email roby2@verizon.net for more info.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, RECEPTION 6PM, PROGRAM 7PM, $10
Center Voices presents
Open Door Contest
Winner Kirk Read
Join celebrated authors Chris Bram, Dale Peck, John Weir and Sam Delaney at this cocktail reception recognizing the first Open Door Project winner Kirk Read. Kirk will share excerpts from his collection of award winning essays. gaycenter.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 7PM-8PM, $10
Second Tuesdays presents
Poet Mike Albo
Mike Albo - Author, playwright, regular NY Times columnist, and performer in a very special, very gay presentation. Mike Albo has written two novels, “Hornito” and “The Underminer” (which has been optioned for film by Warner Brothers), and two plays, “Sexotheque (produced in Austin, TX) and “Three Women in Indecision” (in NYC). He currently writes the “Critical Shopper” column in the NY Times, commenting on retail establishments. He has also written for The New York Observer, Nerve.com, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, OUT magazine, as well as many other publications. As a monologist and performer, Mr. Albo has completed four critically acclaimed, sold-out solo shows (co-written with Dr. Virginia Heffernan): “Mike Albo,” “Spray,” “Please Everything Burst,” and most recently, “My Price Point.” He has performed at PS 122 in New York, the Soho Theatre in London, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Kunsthall in Copenhagen, among numerous others cities. gaycenter.org

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 22 & 29, 11AM-2PM
SAGE Boomers presents
Write to Lose: Expressive Writing for Health, Creativity and Fun
Use narrative writing as a powerful tool to change your own behavior, lose weight and improve your health – all while adding creative expression into your life! Lead by noted author/playwright Cheryl Moch, LMSW. For women 40-60. Must pre-register. Call Alex at 212-741-2247.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, RECEPTION 6PM, PROGRAM 7PM, $10
Center Voices presents author Dr. Nathaniel Frank
Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America is the first major history of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and brings together the largest ever collection of interviews, stories and evidence about service under the policy, including the experiences of openly gay troops fighting on the frontlines of America’s current wars. It contains never-before-published material about behind-the-scenes jockeying by participants in the creation of “don’t ask, don’t tell” who acknowledge they exaggerated the threat to “unit cohesion” posed by gays. A lively and compelling narrative, Unfriendly Fire is sure to make the blood boil of any American who cares about national security, the right to speak the truth, or just plain fairness.

Dr. Nathaniel Frank is Senior Research Fellow at the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an adjunct professor of history at New York University. His publications on gays in the military and other topics have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Lingua Franca and In These Times. gaycenter.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 7PM
Center Dinner
On Wednesday, March 25, 2009, we will take over Midtown as the Center Dinner goes to the Hammerstein Ballroom. The evening will include a tribute to Richard Burns for his 22 years of service as Executive Director of the Center. Approximately 400 major donors and supporters of the Center will enjoy an evening of exquisite dining, cocktails and a short program featuring Master of Ceremonies Michael Urie, from TV’s “Ugly Betty, and other special entertainment. For more information about the Center Dinner, to become a Host, purchase a table or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Wilson Aguilar at 212-620-7310 x278. Venue: The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, NYC. For up-to-the-minute details about this year’s lineup of entertainment and to purchase tickets visit us online at gaycenter.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 – APRIL 2, RECEPTION 6PM, PERFORMANCE 7PM
Broadway at the Center presents
LOADED
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! LOADED, the provocative new play by Elliot Ramon Potts, directed by Hector Lugo is an exhilarating dark comedy which dares to ask the question, “What happens when f**k buddies start talking?” Running ninety-minutes, LOADED breathtakingly unfolds in real time as the characters, a jaded, 47-year-old man who is used to having the upper hand in intimate encounters and a hopeful, quick-witted 24-year-old, reveal themselves in a sexually charged tête-à-tête. They thrash out the perceived consequences of a libertine past, the risk of a conformist present and the dithering future of the Gay Community. The sex may have been hot, but the conversation…incendiary. The talented and sexy cast features Paul Caiola and Ted Morin!
Limited Seating Available! Admission $35.00 with an 6PM-7PM open bar. gaycenter.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, RECEPTION 6PM, PERFORMANCE 7PM, $8/ONLINE; $10/DOOR
Lesbian Cinema Arts presents
Nina’s Heavenly Delights
Nina’s Heavenly Delights is a surprising love story where Scottish humor meets Bollywood spectacle! It follows the mixed fortunes of a Glaswegian family, The Shahs and their award winning Indian restaurant, The New Taj. The story is told through the eyes of Nina Shah, a young Scottish Asian woman engaged in her own highly personal identity crisis. Nina had left home after a row with her father but when he dies suddenly, Nina is forced to return. Her return brings her face to face with Lisa, a charismatic young woman who now owns half the restaurant. Then Nina discovers her father’s secret-—The New Taj has been selected for The Best of the West Curry Competition. In the turbulent days that follow, Nina (helped by Lisa) embarks on a personal mission to win the trophy for the third time. But Nina’s feelings are thrown into turmoil when she realizes that she is falling in love. Can her feelings ever be reciprocated? And, if they are, what will this mean for Nina and her family. gaycenter.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 3PM-5PM
The Pulse of Spring Music Salon and Tea
Turn the beat around with improvised drumming, singing and strumming, featuring cello divas Ilya and Andre. $15. 917.743.0838, ilyacello@gmail.com, xanga.com/musicsalon.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 7PM, $10
Special Second Tuesdays presents
Poet Mark Doty
Mark Doty’s first book, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987. He has published six books of poetry and four memoirs, all excellent, since. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems is a heft selection from his seven collections, plus a generous sheaf of new poems. This work solidifies his position as a star of contemporary American poetry. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Doty’s poems have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The New Yorker. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections. gaycenter.org

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 10AM-6PM, FREE
The Center presents
The Rainbow Book Fair
The Center is proud to announce the first annual New York Rainbow Book Fair, a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Book Fair at New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center. This is the only book fair in the United States expressly designed to showcase and market books aimed at this important part of the book-buying public. Whether you are a publisher or a non-profit with an LGBT media, cultural, or literary focus, you will not want to miss out on this unique opportunity. For information contact Daniel Kitchen, Chair, Rainbow Book Fair Committee at hermes@mindspring.com or contact, Perry Brass, coordinator Rainbow Book Fair, belhuepress@earthlink.net. gaycenter.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3–SUNDAY, APRIL 5
The Painted Boy Gay Erotic Fair
The art event of the season…designed to leave you breathless! See advertisement page. gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 10AM–5PM
Pat Parker and Vito Russo Library Book Sale
Coffee, donuts and books, what more could you ask for on a Saturday morning!?! From classics to trashy you won’t want to miss this BookSale extravaganza. Thousands of titles to choose from. 5 books for $2. We’ve got the shopping bags you bring the cash. Videos, DVD’s and Adult material available. gaycenter.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, RECEPTION 6PM, PROGRAM 7PM, $10/ONLINE; $15/DOOR
Poets and Playwrights presents
Women Sing the Blues
The Center is proud to present Chaney Sims, Lola Johnson, and Crystal Monee Hall in Women Sing the Blues. Join us as we listen to poetry turned into music and pain turned into sublime song. Come feel the “Blues” expressed in melodies with verses that lament the pain of loss and the longing for a better life. These women’s raw power and seductive tones will bring a story to life and sooth your soul. Come celebrate the commanding voices of these brilliant and beautiful blues singing sirens. Proceeds benefit the Center. gaycenter.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 6PM–7:30PM, FREE
Campbell Soady Gallery presents
Gender Benders on the Early Postcard
This exhibit documents the emergence of gender bending images on postcards in the early decades of the twentieth century. Taken into social and historical context, the cards, from a variety of countries, tell the hidden and little known story of the pioneers who challenged preconceived notions of what it is to be a man or a woman. Images encompass drag kings, drag queens, sailors, cowgirls, suffragettes, humor and fantasy, in both real photo and illustration. gaycenter.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, RECEPTION 6PM, PROGRAM 7PM, $10
Cocktails with Content presents
A Networking Seminar for Lesbian, Bisexual & Queer Women
Cocktails with Content is proud to announce a seminar designed to give women within the LBQT community the opportunity to improve their skills and make effective and strategic networking connections. Develop your leadership skills and improve your ability and capacity to network with confidence. Our seminar will be led by professionals Lisa A. Linksy and Jennifer Brown and Katherine Linton. gaycenter.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, RECEPTION 6:30PM, PROGRAM 7:30PM, $8/ONLINE; $10/DOOR
Lesbian Cinema Arts presents
A Fortunate Life
A Fortunate Life is a story about an attitude. It is a story about the power of positive thinking and joie de vivre. Urva’s commitment to service and gratitude for life sustained her triumphant spirit to keep going no matter what the conditions. By the age of six, Urva had lost her country, her home, her grandparents and her beloved dog. Having survived Dachau concentration camp, the daily bombardment of Plauen, Germany for many months and several years in a displaced persons camp, Urva’s life was to change once more. gaycenter.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, RECEPTION 6PM, PROGRAM 7PM, $65
Broadway at the Center presents
Developing Daisy A New Lesbian Musical
Join us and enjoy selected music and scenes from the play, Developing Daisy, a lesbian love story set in the present with lengthy flashbacks into 1970’s New York City. Daisy, a woman in her early sixties, is a talented professional photographer. However, she leads a solitary life in the Maine woods as the result of a shattering and disillusioning affair years earlier. Into her life comes Jamie, a young lesbian of a different generation, a development which brings Daisy to relive the memories and emotions of that extraordinary time decades earlier. And these two women, from such differing generations, find they have information to share that deeply affects each of them. Tickets at gaycenter.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, RECEPTION, 6PM, PROGRAM 7PM, $10
Poets and Playwrights presents
Blue Fire on the Water, a play by Renita Martin
“Brash, lyrical, and funny, blend of poetic lyricism with great storytelling!” Boston Herald. As Hurricane Katrina floods Jo’s home, the aging New Orleans jazz stalwart is also inundated by stolen dreams, lost loves, and tightly bound secrets. Jo rejects one rescuer after another, committed to stick with the comfort of his main squeeze -- his beloved piano named “Red.” As the muddy waters rise, can truth float to the surface? Blue Fire of the Water, a multi-generational, two-act, multi-media play with music that explores how Hurricane Katrina washed up our now hidden, but ever-present, economic and racial segregation. Tickets at gaycenter.org.

APRIL 30 – MAY 2, 8PM, $10
Center Voices presents
VGL 5’4” Top
Sick and tired of short jokes and snobbery amongst the gay population, Lucas Brooks, a sexually frustrated and vertically challenged young actor is ready to fight back. Armed with only a laptop and a quick wit, our gallant hero addresses the loaded topic of sex and how it divides us, rather than unites us, in a time of need. gaycenter.org.

Reading Clubs

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 8PM-10PM
The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Library Book Discussion Group
"Selected Poems" by W. H. Auden, edited by Edward Mendelson
Auden is probably the greatest gay poet of the 20th Century and we should know his work. The new Vintage edition of SELECTED poems (2007) selected by the gay editor Edward Mendelson adds 20 poems to the original 90 selected poems. Each reader at the meeting should plan on reading one or two of his or her favorite poems out loud and then giving a few comments about their poem before general discussion about it. FREE
For information visit www.gaycenter.org

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 8PM-10PM
Gay and Lesbian Reading Group
The book being discussed today: “The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann. Newcomers welcome to share or just listen. Julio 212.945.0709, Jim: jclark@jclarkmedia.com, jclarkmedia.com/gaybooks.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 1PM-2:30PM
SAL Book Discussion Group
All lesbians are welcome to join this discussion of contemporary and classic lesbian literature. Newcomers are welcome too. Today’s book ” Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes” by T Cooper. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/salbookgroup.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 3:30PM
SAGE Writers – Reading and Book Release
Hear members of SAGE’s creative writing class (a joint program with the New York Writers Coalition) share their work, and join us as we celebrate their newly published ChapBook. Free, Open to all. Info: Alex at 212-741-2217.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 8PM-10PM
The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Library Book Discussion Group
"In the City of Shy Hunters" by Tom Spanbauer
This sprawling novel, starting in the early 1980s, tells the story of Will, who comes to the "Wolf Swamp" of New York in search of his boyhood first love. After Will secures a seedy apartment, a bevy of tough, typecast but blissfully genuine New Yorkers materialize, including drug-addled Ruby; the tenacious waitress Fiona, who trains Will at his new job; and drag-queen Rose, with whom he falls in love. But unlike some other "early AIDS" novels, this one acknowledges that AIDS touches all classes, races, religions, and sexual orientations. For information visit www.gaycenter.org. FREE

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 1PM-2PM
SAL Book Discussion Group
All lesbians are welcome to join this discussion of contemporary and classic lesbian literature. Newcomers are welcome too. Today’s book: “Map of Ireland: A Novel” by Stephanie Grant. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/salbookgroup.

Out at the Center

Out at the Center
The Center’s half-hour TV show

Thursday, March 12 & 26, 10PM
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30PM
LGBT People and Culture*
Diana Leo talks to Richard Burns about his 22 years at the Center and highlights from Broadway Backwards 4.

Thursday, April 9 & 23, 10PM
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30PM
LGBT Life and Activism*
Check out the Gender Identity Project on its 20th Anniversary.
* Airing on Time Warner 34 on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (Thurs) and Time Warner 35 on Brooklyn Community Access TV (Tues). All of these TV shows can be watched online at gaycenter.org/out

EDUCATION

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 6PM-8PM
The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS) Seminars in the City
Neo-burlesque performers of New York perform as well as provide the theoretical and historical context for their work. For more info and the reading material: clagsevents@gc.cuny.edu, www.clags.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 6PM-8PM
Career Boot Camp: When A Change is Overdue
Susanne Rhow, Five O’Clock Club career coach, tells you how to achieve valued ”insider” status in your target field. $10/OP Members, $5. www.outprofessionals.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 & APRIL 4
10AM-11AM
Center Learning presents Understanding Your Computer
Understanding computer hardware components and operating systems focusing on how to choose what computer is better suited to personal use. Using common applications: composing text, e-mail and web surfing. How to protect yourself from internet dangers: virus, phishing, etc. FREE. Register at gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 & APRIL 4
11AM-12PM
Center Learning presents Microsoft Excel for Beginners
Use hands-on approach and real examples to explore the following topics: What is a spreadsheet?, Entering data and simple manipulations, Understanding and using formulas, Automatically updating entries, Using charts and graphs, Organizing data, Formatting data: how to have tables that are clearly labeled and easy to read, Is Excel the only way to do all that? Introducing OpenOffice, gnumeric and GoogleDocs. Participants must be willing to get their hands busy and perform. FREE
Register at gaycenter.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 & APRIL 12
10AM-12PM
Center Learning presents PowerPoint –Beginner and Intermediate Level
A 2-hour class designed to familiarize you with PowerPoint program used for presenting ideas. From toolbars to transitions, we cover the basics to further your ideas and projects in business and in your personal life. Real applications customized to teach you what you need to know. Class given by Myles J. Glynn, owner of www.worldwidemyles.com. FREE. Register gaycenter.org

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 10AM-5:30PM
Kink For All New York City
KinkForAll is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people of the kink, queer, sex-positive and related communities to share and learn in an open environment. Free. www.kinkforall.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 8PM-10PM
Career Boot Camp: How to Negotiate Salary, Benefits
Donna Sweidan, Five O’Clock Club career coach, reveals a proven way to make out better than you thought possible on salary and benefits. $10/OP Members, $5. www.outprofessionals.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 8PM-10PM
Lesbian Sex Mafia
Get in touch with your inner pervert with the Lesbian Sex Mafia, NY’s oldest BDSM group for women. Learn the ropes from expert presenters. $10 general admission/$5 LSM members. www.lesbiansexmafia.org.

MARCH 16 – JUNE 16
MONDAYS, 6PM-8PM &
TUESDAYS, 10AM-11:30AM
Center Learning presents ESL
Register for our free ESL classes. Classes will be held every Monday 6PM-8PM and Tuesday 10AM-11:30AM through June 16, 2009. To register or for more information call 212 620-7310 extension 416. Email Ryan Green at rgreen@gaycenter.org. For information visit gaycenter.org. FREE.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 6PM-8PM
Career Boot Camp: How to Spark a Lagging Job Search
Marsha Haygood, Five O’Clock Club career coach, outlines steps to lift your morale and get you unstuck in the job market. $10/OP Members, $5. www.outprofessionals.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 11AM-2PM
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 6PM-9PM
THURSDAY, APRIL, 6PM-9PM
Center Share-a-Thon: Find Your Place in the Sun
Offering a share? Seeking a share? Meet your match and enjoy beverage bargains at the Center. Offering Summer Shares? Register now to guarantee your space. Bring photos, floor plans, fliers; laptop outlets limited. Just $40 gets you table space and admission for one Share Offeror. Each additional Offeror, $15 per event. Seeking a Summer Share? Whatever your budget, you’ll find tempting offerings in every category - quarter-share, half-share, full share. Skip the sign-in line, speed your admission and make the most of each and every Center Share-a-Thon: register online now. $40 Offerors, $15 Share Seekers additional Offeror is, $15 per event. Register at gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 12PM-4:30PM
Language Classes for Beginners
These friendly, relaxed language classes begin today and continue each Saturday through May 30th. Spanish (12-1:15pm); French (1:30-3pm); Italian (3-4:30pm). For further information and enrollment form: 212.772.3511.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 6:30PM-8PM
Women, Take The Power: Life and Financial Planning Forum
A panel of experts provides information on topics including elder issues, hospital visitation rights, working with HIV, and tips for surviving today’s economy. Free. RSVP: 212.809.8585 x249, dpatenaude@lambdalegal.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 6PM-8PM
The Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies (CLAGS) Seminars in the City
Neo-burlesque performers of New York perform as well as provide the theoretical and historical context for their work. For more info and the reading material: clagsevents@gc.cuny.edu, www.clags.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 6:15PM-8PM
Find Clients Now for Your Business
Are you tired of struggling to find clients? This workshop teaches you strategies to find clients, build your business and grow your profits. $10. RSVP: Robert Notter 212.541.8794, www.BookClientsNow.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 8PM -10PM
SAGE presents: National Health Care Decisions Day
Legal Documents Every LGBT Person Should Have
None of us want to think about something bad happening to us or our loved ones, but if something should, are you prepared? Without these important documents - health care proxy, living will, power of attorney - there is no protection for you if something should happen. Join SAGE volunteer attorneys to hear more about what these documents mean. Free and open to all. Info: Alex at 212-741-2247.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 8PM-10PM
Lesbian Sex Mafia: Bootblacking and Leather Care with Lisa and Kit
Envious of shiny boots? Bring in your boots if they need work and get advice on their care. $10/$5 LSM members. www.lesbiansexmafia.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 27 6:30PM - 8PM
SAGE presents: ReServe Reception and Info Session
Are you 50 or over, a retired or semi-retired professional and looking for something meaningful to do? ReServe finds placements for retired professionals at nonprofit organizations, including LGBT organizations, and then pays them a stipend. If this sounds like you, come to this free wine & cheese reception and find out more. No registration required. Info: Bertis at 212-741-2247.

Toastmasters Events

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 6:15PM-7:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: The Ice Breaker
The first words make the first impressions. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining. 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 7:15PM-8:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: Organize Your Speech
Learn how to organize your thoughts and communicate them effectively. 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 6:15PM-7:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: Get To the Point
Do you ramble in conversation? Learn how to get to the point. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining. 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 6:15PM-7:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: How to Say It
Remember the saying "It is not what you say, but how you say it"? 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 6:15PM-7:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: Your Body Speaks
The way you use your body is an important part of communication. 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 6:15PM-7:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: Vocal Variety
Can't carry a tune? Don't worry. Nor singing required. Add vocal variety to your speaking. 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining.


THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 6:15PM-7:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: Research Your Topic
This is more than trivial pursuit—learn to use information to sound like an expert. 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 6:15-7:15PM
Pride Toastmasters: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
Take your speaking to the next level by using visual aids. 646.548.7414, info@pridetoastmasters.com, www.pridetoastmasters.com. Membership is $120 per year. Attend at least three (free) meetings before joining.

HEALTH

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 1PM-5PM
Center Orientation and SAGE present
Health Fair for LGBT Older Adults
National LGBT Health Awareness Week is in March this year. Join the fun and get healthy too by attending our 2nd annual health fair for older adults. Free health screenings, complementary therapies, give-aways, lots of information and some entertainment. Co-sponsored by the LGBT Community Center, Village Care of New York and Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Free to all, no registration required. Call Alex at 212-741-2247

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 7PM-10PM
Women of Color Game Night
Join us for a night of games and socializing for women who love the company of other women. Fun, games, raffle prizes and refreshments! Metro cards provided. Presented by Center CARE, Lesbian Cancer Initiative, and Lesbian AIDS Project. Additional upcoming game nights are Friday, June 12, September 25 and December 11, 2009. Tickets gaycenter.org.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 6:30PM-9PM
LCI Health & Pleasure Fair: Promoting Women’s and Transgender Health and Well-being
The Lesbian Cancer Initiative presents an evening of pampering, health information, and screening for all lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people. Come to learn more about health issues of concern to the LBT community, including the importance of risk reduction, early detection, prevention, wellness and recovery, as well as support services, insurance and healthcare options. Enjoy food and refreshments, entertainment, door prizes, giveaways, free massage therapy treatments, reiki, and more! FREE. Call The Lesbian Cancer Initiative for more information 212-620-7310.

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 7PM-9PM
Breaking Molds: Considering Relationships to Food, Exercise and/or Body Image in Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Communities
A panel and open conversation for clinicians, transgender and gender non-conforming people and allies about the experiences of community members when dealing with food, exercise and body issues, including but not limited to community members’ experiences seeking (and/or not seeking) support around these issues.

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 6PM-7:30PM
Living Well with Parkinson’s
Join Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco, Medical Director of the NYU Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center and a panel of people living with Parkinson’s, as they discuss what you should know about Parkinson’s and ways to enhance the quality of your care. Presented by SAGE. For more information call Cameron at 212-741-2247.

MONDAYS, MARCH 23-APRIL 20, 7:30PM-9PM
Center CARE presents
Discovering your Inner Coach: Life Coaching for Women
Want to make changes in your life? Join lesbian, bisexual and women of transgender experience for our life coaching group for women! Get engaged. Get comfortable. Make some change!! The group will help participants to develop new skills to reach life goals, reduce stress, enhance health, and increase satisfaction. Intake required. Please call Center CARE to schedule. Free. For more information call Migdalia Santiago 212-620-7310 ext. 217, msantiago@gaycenter.org. GAYCENTER.ORG.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 7PM-10PM
GIP Reunion
The GIP turns 20 this year! Come celebrate one of the nation’s first Transgender specific service programs. Hear about the GIP history, meet its founders and celebrate our progress as a community. Free and open to everyone. Call 212-620-7310 for more information. GAYCENTER.ORG.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 6:30PM-8PM
NASW LGBT Committee Ally Workshop
Join us for a presentation on how to be an effective ally when working with LGBTQ clients. After the meeting there will be a Q&A and the opportunity for participants to contribute tips that work well for them. For info: lgbtnasw@yahoo.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 4PM-10PM
LGBT Immigration Fair
The Center invites you to our Immigrant Health & Resource Fair. Declared an official, annual celebration by Mayor Bloomberg, Immigrant Heritage Week honors the experiences and contributions of immigrants in New York City. In the spirit of the 6th annual Immigrant Heritage Week, the Center’s Immigrant Services Program, Social Policy Department and Cultural Affairs will be hosting an immigration fair where providers that serve the LGBTQ immigrant community will have an opportunity to network, and inform the community about their services. Cultural program starts at 7pm. For more information about this event or to find out how you can participate, please email George Fesser at gfesser@gaycenter.org or go to GAYCENTER.ORG.

SUPPORT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 11AM-12:30PM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 11AM-12:30PM
Center Orientation presents Yoga Positive
The Center is pleased to invite you to attend Yoga + Positive, a Yoga class designed specifically for HIV+ men and women. Through a strong but gentle Yoga practice, standard and traditional poses are modified to maximize participant’s full abilities. Chairs, blocks, and other supports are used to accommodate varying needs and enhance the Yoga experience. Following a sequence of postures, guided breathing and a relaxation period will conclude class. A short presentation of potential benefits of a Yoga practice to individuals with HIV will be addressed. Classes meet weekly. FREE. gaycenter.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 12:45PM-1:45PM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 12:45PM-1:45PM
Center Orientation presents Meditate with Dada!
Mantra meditation guides each individual along their own path and feeds the growing awareness of underlying happiness as difficulties and emotions that occupy the mind are resolved. It involves learning certain skills to make it successful. Classes meet weekly. FREE. gaycenter.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 8PM-10PM
Psychology Discussion Group
Tonight it’s "Family Night," a discussion of our successes and failures in growing away from the expectations and dictates of our biological and cultural families. All welcome. Please be on time. $10. 718.473.0702, ninthstreetcenter.org/Schedule.htm.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 6PM-8PM
FRIDAY APRIL 10, 6PM-8PM
Center Orientation presents A Social/Support Group for People with Disabilities
Sometimes you can feel like a DOUBLE OUTSIDER! This group is a social/support group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who also identify as being LGBT. The group meets on the second Friday of every month from 6PM-8PM. For additional information contact Tom Ott at 718-768-0225. FREE

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 5PM-7PM
Moonfire Empowerment & Spirituality Network
Join Peter Moon for a thought-provoking, awe-inspiring workshop on "The Return of the Feminine Divine Principle." All welcome. $6. skybooks@yahoo.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 8PM-10PM
Straight Acting
Come discover how acting super-macho to keep your "gayness" in check can influence your relationships, particularly with other gay men -- and ultimately your happiness. Free--donations welcome. askangelo.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 6PM-8PM
Sistah Presents The Bisexuality Series: Bisexuals in the Media
With the big wave of bisexuality in the media, are bisexuals portrayed in a positive or negative light? Suggested donation: $5 RSVP. 212.479.7886, 347.204.5049, thewaysofasistah97@yahoo.com, thewaysofasistah.vpweb.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 6PM-8PM
Author de la Huerta on Using Sexuality for Spiritual Growth
Learn how to reconnect and assert your spiritual and sexual identities with Cuban-born author Christian de la Huerta (“Coming Out Spiritually”). $10. OP Members, $5. outprofessionals.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 5PM-7PM
Moonfire Empowerment & Spirituality Network
“Foundations of The Ageless Wisdom," with Ed Abdill, past president of the New York Theosophical Society. $6. Amethyst 212.222.2467.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2PM-4PM
Free Introductory Mantra Meditation Workshop
A workshop in mantra meditation using mantra to help resolve problems and difficult experiences that individuals may be facing in life. Free. dadaprana.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 5PM-7PM
Moonfire Empowerment & Spirituality Network
"The Afterlife," an open forum discussion about the scientific and spiritual implications of survival of consciousness after the death experience. Facilitated by Amethyst Nemzoff. All welcome. $6. Amethyst 212.222.2467.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 8PM-10PM
Making Love
Come release your blocks to intimacy to manifest more love in your life. Set the right intention and watch the right men line up. Facilitated by Angelo Pezzote, a gay psychotherapist. Free—donations welcome. askangelo.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 6PM-8PM
Sistah Presents The Final Bisexuality Series: Open Topic/Party!
This series closes with open topics, fun and games, food and surprises! Come out and have fun! Metrocards provided. Please RSVP. Suggested donation: $5. 212.479.7886, 347.204.5049, thewaysofasistah97@yahoo.com, thewaysofasistah.vpweb.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 6:15PM-8PM
Stop Worrying and Start Living
Do you spend a lot of time worrying? This workshop teaches you how to stop worrying and start creating the life you desire! $10. RSVP: Robert Notter 212.541.8794, MenSeekingMore.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 5PM-7PM
Moonfire Empowerment & Spirituality Network
Lorraine Gibney takes you on an exploration of the existence and mysterious disappearance of the ancient continents of Lemuria and Atlantis. All welcome. $6.00. Amethyst 212.222. 2467.

SOCIAL

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 11AM-2PM
Seeking, Offering a Share? Socialize, Meet Your Match
Out Professionals makes it fun to shop for a summer share at Center Share-a-Thon: $15. Or offer shares: $40 gets you table space and admission for one; additional offerors $15 each. outprofessionals.org.

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 6:15PM-8PM
Find A Great Relationship
Are you finally ready to have a great relationship? If so, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn strategies to actually find your ideal partner. $10. RSVP: Robert Notter 212.541.8794, MenSeekingMore.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 8PM-10PM
DateandDash Lesbian Speed-Dating Party
Come meet other single girls in a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll engage in numerous four-minute mini-dates, and chat with a large pool of people. Choose your favorites and see if they chose you. $35. RSVP: 800.957.DASH, dateanddash.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 7:30PM-10:30PM
Contra Dance Party
With live music by Notorious, dances taught and prompted by Kathy Anderson. No partner or experience needed. Everyone welcomed. Come put a queer twist in these American roots! $12. Tom 917.991.0597, Carol 718.972.3191, lcfd.org/nyc.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 8PM-10PM
Instant Date: Gay and Lesbian Professionals -- High Income Earners
Exclusive pressure-free speed dating/social event with mini-dates, free finger-food and wine—get your matches by the end of the night! $29.99 pre-pd. $34.99 door. 212.989.8549, nyclavenderlounge.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 1PM-5PM
SAGE Wearing of the Green Social
Join the SAGE Socials Committee for a celebration of Shamrocks, the Return of Spring, and all things Green – including a special appearance by Hedda Lettuce! Tickets $15 advance/$20 door ($5 off for SAGE members)—Dinner and wine included. Call 212-741-2247 or visit the SAGE office, room 207, 2-5 Mon-Fri.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 9PM-1AM, $8/ONLINE; $10/DOOR
Dance 208 presents Diva-thon with DJ Vito Fun
Dance 208 once again celebrates our love affair with Whitney, Britney, Beyonce and Kylie. We love dancing to our divas! Donna, Debbie, Chaka, Shakira, Madonna and Aretha…the list goes on! DJ Vito Fun (Splash, The Ritz, and Sway) returns for another evening of diva-music and diva-worship. With the special last hour Madonna-thon devoted to the greatest diva of them all! So come dance to your favorite divas. Or come as your favorite diva: best diva wins a big prize! Divas to the dance floor, now! Tickets gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 8PM-10PM
Dating Madness – Lesbians
Find women with similar values, interests, and dreams at this relaxed, fun event run by a lesbian comedian. Women are waiting to meet you. $21. Register to guarantee space. 212.989.8549, nyclavenderlounge.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 8PM-10PM
Qwik Dates: Ages 30s/40s
Speed-dating! Meet guys ages 30s and 40s on three-minute dates, then mingle freely, submit a list of the men you like, and find out your matches. $20. 212.971.1084, qwikdates.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 7PM-12AM
Women About Dance
Best lesbian gig in town features hot music and hundreds of women! If you were born in 1976, you get in free to celebrate Women About's 33rd Birthday! Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door. 212.642.5257.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 8PM-10PM
Girlfriend Material Singles Mixer
Speed-dating with a twist: answer four questions and get assigned to four groups of women who gave answers similar to yours. It’s a fun way to meet women you’re compatible with. $20. 212.971.1084, gfmaterialny.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21- SUNDAY, MARCH 22, FREE
The Center presents the Original GLBT Gay Life Expo
Saturday 11am - 7pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm. Visit the Center table at the Gay Life Expo. See Ad in Center Happenings. For more information visit originalglbtexpo.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 8PM-10PM
Make Me A Match- Ultimate Dating Game- Gay Men
This is the closest thing to having your own match maker. Fun, exciting, and non-intimidating. $22 pre-pd early bird discount/$25 door. 212.989.8549, nyclavenderlounge.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 & APRIL 2, 6:30PM-8PM
SAGE Boomers: Online Dating Workshop
For women 40-60. Interested in testing the waters of online dating, but not sure where to begin? This hands-on workshop will get you started. We’ll help you find the best sites and set up your own profile, plus give you tips on internet safety and putting your best foot forward in cyberspace. Basic computer & internet literacy required. MUST PRE-REGISTER: call Alex at 212-741-2247.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 & APRIL 24, 7PM, $12/ONLINE; $15/DOOR
Center BINGO
Join the Center and Lady Clover Honey for Bingo! Don’t let winter keep you away. Lady Honey has cash with your name on it. Register at gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 9PM-1AM, $8/ONLINE; $10/DOOR
Dance 208 presents Garage Classics with DJ Carlos Sanchez
We got the funk! Legendary DJ Carlos Sanchez returns for our spring edition of Paradise Garage classics (www.carlossanchezmovement.com). There’ll be shakin’ and groovin’ going on as Carlos turns it out and turns it loose! The Garage was one of the most famous and influential clubs the dance world has known; where the likes of Diana Ross, Keith Haring, Grace Jones and Madonna might be seen on any given night dancing to the music of revered Mixmaster DJ Larry Levan. 'Heartbeat,' 'Is It All Over My Face,' 'Hot Shot,' 'Don't Make Me Wait,‘ and ‘Instant Replay,' are just some of the songs made famous at the Garage. So get there early, bring your baby powder, and get your body into it and dance! Tickets at gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 8PM-10PM
A Date, A Dream, And A Diaper
This is a unique dating event for single LGBT women and men who want children--or already have them. $20. Register online to assure enrollment: Deeperdating.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 8PM-10PM
Dating Madness -- Lesbians and Gay Men of Color and Friends
A relaxed, fun, pressure-free event with separate groups for men and women. $21. Register to guarantee spot: 212.989.8549, nyclavenderlounge.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 8PM-10PM
Date Bait: Professionals Event
Meet doctors, lawyers, teachers, business execs, and career-minded single men. Submit a list of the men you like, and minutes later find out your date matches. $20. 212.971.1084, datebait.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 7:30PM-10:30PM
Contra Dance Party
Each dance taught and prompted by Tom Amesse, with live music by Rumpus. No partner or experience needed. Come put a queer twist in these American roots! $12. Tom 917.991.0597, Carol 718.972.3191, lcfd.org/nyc.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 9PM-1AM, $8/ONLINE; $10/DOOR
Dance 208 present Burlesque Dance with DJ Honey Dijon
Va-va-voom! Dance 208 debuts a new dance theme, Burlesque and proves you gotta have a gimmick if you wanna get ahead! Think of Gypsy Rose Lee, Blaze Starr or even Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me! Get in touch with your inner stripper and shake-it-out and in-your-face, while dancing to the tunes of the Dance 208 debut of world-renowned DJ Miss Honey Dijon (Hiro, Mr Black, G Bar, Cock, Respect Is Burning, Love Parade and Ministry of Sound) who’s sure to get your temperature to rise and get you dancing. NYC is famous for its burlesque performers…and there’ll be performers & gogos—male & female—all night long and a special midnight performance. This promises to be a special night of bumping and grinding, both on and off the dance floor! Sponsored by Will Clark, HX & Mark Nelson Productions. Tickets at gaycenter.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 8PM-10PM
Qwik Dates: Ages 20s/30s
Speed-dating! Meet guys ages 20s and 30s on three-minute dates, then mingle freely, submit a list of the men you like, and find out your matches. $20. 212.971.1084, qwikdates.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 8PM-10PM
Boyfriend Material Singles Mixer
Speed-dating with a twist! Answer questions about your interests and values, then sit in groups of men with similar answers. Later find out your date matches. $20. 212.971.1084, bfmaterialny.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 8PM-10PM
Make Me A Match -- Lesbians
A lesbian comedian runs this fun, interactive dating event. Connect with women and find your matches. Arrive on time. $22 pre-pd/$25 door. 212.989.8549, nyclavenderlounge.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 8PM-10PM
Make Me A Match -- Gay Men: Artistic/Creatives
Meet other right brained, creative souls through various interactive exercises. Connect with fabulous, friendly men for friendship, dating, romance, and love. Arrive on time. $22 pre-pd/$25 door. 212.989.8549, nyclavenderlounge.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 7PM-9PM
Deeper Dating For Men: Find A Great Boyfriend!
Co-hosted with TheMenEvent.com, this event will help you meet great men through enjoyable interactions--think speed dating with soul! Register online to ensure a spot. $20. deeperdating.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 8PM-10PM
Qwik Dates: Ages 40+
Speed-dating! Meet lots of guys ages 40+ on three-minute dates, then mingle freely, submit a list of the men you like, and find out your matches. $20. 212.971.1084, qwikdates.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 8PM-10PM
Love Me, Love My Pet- Social Mixer for Gay and Lesbian Animal Lovers
You don’t have to bring your pet but feel free! Separate groups for men and women. $22/pre-pd; $25/door. You must pre-register. 212.989.8549, nyclavenderlounge.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 9PM-1AM, $8/ONLINE; $10/DOOR
Dance 208 presents Studio 54 Anniversary/Rollerena Birthday Party!
DJ Ted Snowdon
Dance 208 celebrates the birthday of the mother of all nightclubs: Studio 54! It's Studio's 32nd Anniversary and your hostess is the Queen of Studio 54 and Birthday Girl, the legendary Rollerena! There’ll be another Rollerena-look-alike contest with a big prize (this year’s theme Studio Rollerena)! DJ Ted Snowdon who blew us away at last year’s party will once again be spinning his magic with all your Studio hits from the days when you cavorted with Bianca, Halston & Andy! David Aviles will be providing the magical Studio backdrop. So hustle, boogie and get down behind the velvet rope, and you don't need to be on the guest list! Plus SWISH will be sponsoring the event and helping out, as well as Will Clark, HX & Mark Nelson Productions.
Tickets at gaycenter.org.

WEDSNEDAY APRIL 29, 6PM-7:30PM, FREE
Center Orientation presents Sports New York
Have you been sitting and on the couch all winter and are you ready to get up, get outside and get involved. Connect with New York sports teams, basketball, baseball, tennis,
Representatives from organized LGBT sports team will be available to get you moving this spring. Co-sponsored by OUT of Bounds. gaycenter.org.

YOUTH & FAMIILY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 6PM-8PM
Sperm and Egg Mixer
Come join us for the Center Kids, Center Families SPERM AND EGG MIXER! This is a family event held at the Center where LGBTQ parents can connect. Are you thinking of having a baby, but terrified at the thought of raising a child alone? Are you a happy lesbian couple, eager for your children to have an active father in their lives, rather than an unknown donor? Are you a gay man dreaming of a bio child, but freaking out at the cost of surrogacy, and happy to share parenting responsibilities with a lesbian mom? Then come to this community forum, where the joys, challenges and complexities of co-parenting will be shared by those who know best -- gay dads and lesbian moms who are parenting cooperatively! It’ll be a revelation, a stimulating conversation, and perhaps an opportunity to check out interesting candidates! $5 Suggested donation. Register at gaycenter.org/families

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 10AM-1PM
Family Play Day Outing: Treasure Island Workshop, Show & Gathering
Learn about the original book and how the company turned it into a musical. The performers will discuss the themes of the show, and how theater brings literature to life. Parents and kid(s) will make their own treasure chest which they fill with things that are special to them and then take it home as a souvenir. When we watch the show, we’ll all be familiar with the art forms represented in the production. After the show all meet upstairs in Room 2D to chat and enjoy pizza and snacks. Meeting Place: The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street (3rd & Bleecker), Manhattan. Appropriate for all ages. $15/person; children under 2 are free as long as they sit on a lap. Pre-registration required! No ticket purchases will be permitted at the theater! Register at gaycenter.org/families.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2PM-4PM
Family Play Day: Meditation & Yoga in the House
When meditation and yoga is taught to children, it supports the growth of the body-mind, foster the development of each child’s own unique personality, and support creativity and expression. Meditation and yoga techniques teach children self-awareness, better body awareness, self-control, and encourage them to be themselves, and help them to face life with greater belief in their potential. This Family Play Day will the focus on this, but it will be a day not just for the kids, but for the whole family. So come out and join us for a full relaxation and fun day. Food and snacks will be served. Pre-registration required! To register go to gaycenter.org/families.



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