The Fall in Iowa City is an amazing time! Waves of new people roll
into town with the start of the academic year. These people from all
over the globe bring new ideas and energy. Please help our community
in welcoming these new folks and helping them get connected to all
the local GLBT resources that we are so proud of. If you have ever
relocated you know just how hard it can be to meet GLBT people! You
see them everywhere in Iowa City, but actually finding friends can be
In order to help GLBT people connect with each other and the many
organizations and businesses that support our community, Connections
and the Hotel Vetro is hosting it's third annual Fall Kickoff on
Tuesday, October 7th from 6 - 9 p.m. There will be many businesses,
local groups and statewide organizations showcasing exactly what they
to in and for our community. There will be free food, samples and a
cash bar. We really hope the whole community will come out to meet
new people, reconnect with old friends and enjoy a nice evening
together on the second floor of the beautiful Hotel Vetro
If you know of a business or organization
which would like a booth at the Kickoff, please let us know! It is
free for the organizations and we would love to have you.
The following is a list of some of the upcoming events happining in
our community. Check them out!!
LANDLOCKED FILM FESTIVAL
All weekend, downtown Iowa City (Englert/Sheraton Inn or ICPL)
The largest film festival in Iowa this is a free independant film
fest with something for everyone! Check out the schedule at:
QUAD CITY PRIDEFEST MEETING
Saturday, August 23rd at 4:30 pm
Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities
3019 N. Harrison
Davenport, IA 52803
WOMEN'S CULTURE COLLECTIVE ANNUAL COOKOUT
Aug 23, 2008
12397 89th CT NW, Polk City, IA (map)
Come join the Des Moines based Women's Cultural Collective (WCC) for
one of the hottest events of the year -- our annual cookout at the
Cadet Shelter in Big Creek State Park. Come enjoy the afternoon and
evening with old friends and possibly some new ones. There are
walking and biking trails, canoeing, fishing, or you can bring a game
to play. The grill will be fired up around 5:30 p.m. Bring your lawn
chair, dinnerware, beverages, grill item and something to share.
Later, as we sit around and enjoy the company of WCCers, we can enjoy
stories of summer vacations, singing around the fire, and maybe even
some drumming. Spread the word and bring a friend or two or more to
this end of summer gathering. If you need directions or are
interested in helping organize this event, please contact Sandy K. at
515-964-1626. For more information about this organization, visit:
GLRC of Cedar Rapids: Pride Picnic
Sunday, Aug 24, 1pm 5pm
700 Kepler Dr, Mount Vernon, IA (map)
Join the Gay-Lesbian Resource Center (GLRC) of Cedar Rapids at the
Palisades Kepler State Park Main Lodge for their sixteenth annual
Pride Picnic and fund raiser. Admission is free. Games, volleyball,
FREE ADMISSION and an auction fundraiser promise to make this event a
lot of FUN!! Hamburgers provided by Hamburger Mary's. Please consider
bringing a dish to share and call 319.366.2055 for more info or to
donate an item for the auction.For more information, visit:
Sundays, 5pm 6pm
The LGBT meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Iowa City every
Sunday from 5 to 6 PM at the First Baptist Church at 500 North
Clinton Street. For further information about this meeting or about
the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, please phone the Iowa City
Intergroup and 24-Hour Answering Service: (319) 338-9111. Or, visit
the AA-IC website: http://aa-ic.org/
WRAC OPEN HOUSE
Wed, Aug 27, 4pm 6pm
130 N Madison St, Iowa City, iA (map)
As part of the University of Iowa's Welcome Week celebrating the
beginning of a new academic year, join us for our annual Women's
Resource and Action Center Open House. Come and enjoy refreshments,
join us for conversation, and learn how you can work for social
justice! For more information about this organization, visit:
THE LESBIAN READING GROUP
Thursday, Sept. 11 7:00 p.m.
The Women's Resource and Action Center
130 N. Madison St. Iowa City, IA
The Lesbian Reading Group is starting up again the 11th of
September. This group is designed to offer lesbians a safe,
comfortable environment to have interesting discussions about good
books. The goals of the group are to empower lesbian women to learn
from each other, and to provide a sense of community among the
participants. This is a safe place for lesbians to meet on a regular
basis, relax, have coffee and engage in thought-provoking
conversation. The group will meet every 3rd Thursday at 7:00. You
must pre-register with the Women's Center to participate. Space is
U of I MED SCHOOL LOOKING FOR GLBT VOLUNTEERS
I am the coordinator of the second-year medical school curriculum and
one component of that is to have the students conduct a
sexual history. Over the past couple of years we have had some of
our GLBT friends participate in this program and I would like to make
invitation again this year. Contact me (jeff-emrich@...
) if you
are intersted in participating.
Saturday, Sept. 13th
Join us in Des Moines on September 13 for an exciting training that
will put you in position to help make 2008 the Year to Win for GLBT
individuals across the country. This is a one-day training session to
develop and hone campaigning skills. Register now at
PRIDE PLANNING 2009
Sunday, Sept. 14th 3 - 5 p.m.
Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room E
Join us to plan next June's Iowa City Pride Festival! We are an open
volunteer committee who welcomes new faces and new ideas. We will be
meeting monthly throughout the year to plan a wonderful weekend of
events. It's not a big time commitment and a wonderful way to help
your community and meet great folks! For more information, or if you
cannot make this time and would like to participate, contact Bridget
Malone at malone.bridget@...
AT THE MILL: ERICA WHEELER with KATE HICKMAN & KELLY CARRELL
Tuesday, September 16, 7-10 p.m.
The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City,
Erica Wheeler is an award-winning songwriter with five critically
acclaimed releases to her credit. She has been featured on NPR's All
Things Considered and World Cafe. Her CD "The Harvest" remained on
Billboard's Gavin Americana Chart for five months with a solid month
in the top ten. She is a favorite at clubs, coffeehouses and colleges
across the country and has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Indigo
Girls, Greg Brown and others. Iowa City singer-songwriters Kate
Hickman and Kelly Carrell open the show. This event kicks off the
Iowa Women's Music Festival week of events.
WORKSHOP: THE SOULFUL LANDSCAPE, PRESENTED BY ERICA WHEELER
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30-9 p.m.
Prairiewoods Franciscan Center, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha
The Soulful Landscape Workshop: Finding Our Stories of Place and
Belonging empowers writers to find their creative voice and
articulate their stories of place. Singer/songwriter/facilitator
Erica Wheeler combines her background as a performing artist with her
interest in environmental studies and cultural history to offer
inspirational keynotes and workshop experiences across the country.
Erica's work is dedicated to fostering the connections between people
and place and inspiring engagement in land stewardship. This
workshop is appropriate for both beginner and advanced writers of any
genre. Workshop fee: $25. Sponsored by Prairiewoods, Indian Creek
Nature Center and the Iowa Women's Music Festival. To register, visit
www.prairiewoods.org and click on Events. For more info, call
Prairiewoods at 219-395-6700.
WORKSHOP: DRUMSONG ORCHESTRA, FACILITATED BY UBAKA HILL
Friday, September 19, 7-10 p.m.
Location: SpiritHill Retreat Center, 604 Cedar Valley Rd., West
Branch (20 min from Iowa City), 319-643-2613
Renowned performer, composer, songwriter, recording artist,
motivational speaker, conference weaver, teacher, and hand drumming
workshop facilitator Ubaka Hill will lead beginners and experienced
hand drummers alike in learning hand drumming technique and playing
as a Drumsong Orchestra. By the time the workshop is over, drummers
will be playing full, dynamic, multiple-part songs together. The
Drumsong Orchestra is Ubaka's signature format of teaching and
performing. Participation in the workshop will equip attendees to
play as part of her Drumsong Orchestra in her IWMF set on September
20th's festival stage (optional). Attendees are requested to bring
hand drums and percussion instruments of any type if they have them.
A limited number of drums will be available for use. Register your
interest for this workshop and specify if you need to reserve a
loaner drum by e-mailing festival@...
. Put Drumsong
Workshop in the subject line. There is no cost to attend, but
donations for the festival, SpiritHill, and Ubaka Hill are encouraged
and will be collected at the workshop. The workshop is open to
everyone, beginners to experienced drummers, men and women, young and
older. SpiritHill is chem-free (drug-free, alcohol-free, tobacco-
free, and caffeine-free.) Bottled water will be provided free-of-
charge to festival goers. 40 folding chairs are available for use at
SpiritHill; bring your own folding chair if you have one. Bring a
jacket; workshop may be held outdoors or in a partially enclosed
15TH ANNIVERSARY IOWA WOMEN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Upper City Park (Dubuque Rd. & Park St.), Iowa City
FREE to attend; everyone welcome; pets allowed.
Food, merchandise, and crafts vendors will line the festival. A live
auction will also be held. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for grass
Featuring: Patrice Pike, Ferron, Zoë Lewis, Ubaka Hill, BeJae Fleming
Band, Deidre McCalla, Diva Kai, Rachel Garlin, and special guest
emcee Kim-Char Meredith Rain location (same date): Chauncey Swan
Parking Ramp, Gilbert & Washington Streets, Iowa City.
Other related events and workshops, including an Ubaka Hill Drumsong
Workshop, will be held during the week of the festival.
For more info, visit www.prairievoices.net or call 319-335-1486.
ONE IOWA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Des Moines Public Library 1000 Grand Ave.
9 AM - 4 PM (lunch provided)
$10 Registration fee
Leadership Summit! Here is a repeat of the leadership summit
announcement sent out last week! Be sure to Register Now!
This October, LGBT Iowans from across the state will gather in Des
Moines to celebrate a momentous year for equality in Iowa. As part of
your Capital City PRIDE plans, One Iowa invites you to join us for
the 1st annual One Iowa Leadership Summit. At the summit, LGBT Iowans
from across the state will gather to discuss the past year's
victories and lay the groundwork for additional gains in 2009.
Planning for the summit is well-underway and we expect to have many
of our national partners and state leaders on tap to share their
insight, including PFLAG National, GLAAD, and Interfaith Alliance of
MARRIAGE EQUALITY FORUM
Wednesday, November 19 from 7-8:30 with a reception to follow.
U of I LGBT Center 125 Grand Ave. Iowa City
As you probably have hear, Iowa is on the verge of becomming the next
state to legalize gay marriage. Come to this informational update on
the state of the Iowa Supreme court case that could make history.
Please contact Ryan at ryan@...
for more information
"A connected community is a strong community"