UPCOMING CONNECTIONS GATHERINGS
Updated! Stitch ‘n’ Bitch, this weekend
House of Aromas, 118 S. Clinton St., Iowa City
For those interested in knitting, crocheting, cross stitching and conversation, the group meets the first weekend of each month - for exact time or more info, please contact Derek Stiles at derekins@....
Updated! Sunday Tea Time at Joseph's, Sun. Dec. 3rd, 7pm-9pm
The new cocktail hour, "Sunday Tea Time," co-sponsored by Connections, continues this Sunday (and every Sunday), Dec. 3rd from 7-9pm at Joseph's Steakhouse, 212 S. Clinton, Iowa City. (10% of profits will go to Connections.)
Updated! Connections Cards & Game Night, Thurs. Dec. 14th, 7pm
Card and games night meets the second Thursday of every month. It begins at 7:00pm at Old Capital Brew Works, 525 South Gilbert St. in the dining room. If you plan on eating please come early and join me for appetizers or dinner. Also feel free to bring a game to share. Any questions about game night can be directed to Rory Brown at rory_brown@... or phone: 319-331-9379. Hope to see you there.
Updated! Connections Social Night Out, Tues. Dec. 19th at 7pm
Donnelly's Pub (non-smoking), 110 E. College St., Iowa City
Connections' casual evening of food, drinks and fun, held every third Tuesday of the month. Everyone is welcome! For more info: contact Carlton Blackburn at (319) 341-0195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated! Connections Chess & Scrabble Players, TBA
Like to play chess or scrabble? Here's an opportunity to join others who do. For more info on next meeting & gathering location, contact Scott Streff at (319) 351-9309 or email@example.com.
Updated! Connections Movie Group, TBA (Dec. host needed)
Like to watch queer films with queer friends? Join the Connections Movie Group as it gathers this month in some Connections' member's home - we're still looking for a December host. Any volunteers? For more information about the group or if you would be willing to host a movie night, contact Karen at 319-530-5731 or karen-haslett@....
Updated! Connections Outdoor Recreation and Nature Group, TBA
For anyone interested in outdoor activities and topics, all experience levels welcome. We meet monthly to plan upcoming outings and activities throughout the year. For more info on our next gathering or event, contact Sandra at Sandra9359@aol.com or Jewell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connections Cooking Group, TBA
Last year we had potluck chili this time of year. Would you like to make that tradition or try something new? Please let Matthew know if you are interested in hosting, cooking, or just attending. Include available dates in your e-mail or phone message. Contact Matthew at email@example.com or 337-0498.
Updated! Connections Spiritual Seekers will resume in January
Spiritual Seekers is a group for people of all faiths, or of little faith, who wish to make deeper connections between their sexual identities and the spiritual dimension in their lives. Spiritual Seekers typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm but will be taking a break over the holidays and resume in January. Our meetings include discussion of specialized topics, telling of pieces of our faith journeys, and occasional prayer and meditation. Contact John Harper (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 351-9263 for more information.
SOME INVITATIONS from the wider local GLBTA community (see website for even more!)
NEW! ICARE World AIDS Day event, tonight, Dec. 1st
ICARE invites everyone to the ICARE World AIDS Day event on Dec. 1 from 5pm to 7pm. It will be held at the Riverside Theatre at 213 N. Gilbert in Iowa City. Admission is a FREE WILL DONATION at the door. We will have refreshments, a Silent Auction (with a lot of really cool
stuff), and performances by the Quire, David Morton, and Elena Passarello. All proceeds go to ICARE (the Iowa Center for AIDS Resources and Education). For additional information, contact ICARE at 319-338-2135, or go to www.icareiowa.org.
NEW! Making Our Schools Safe Forum in Oskaloosa, Mon. Dec. 4th. The harassment and bullying of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) students will be the subject of a free public forum hosted by the GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force. The “Making Our Schools Safe for GLBT Students” forum will take place on Monday, December 4, at 7:00 PM at George Daley Auditorium Board Room. The forum is one of several taking place across the state, focusing on making schools safer for GLBT students.The subject of the forum is timely as legislation to protect all students from harassment and bullying in schools will be the focus of debate in the Iowa Legislature in the upcoming session. The legislation has the support of several statewide organizations. Following the panel presentation, presenters will take questions from the audience. In addition, a resource packet will be available to the audience that includes resources for educators, parents, religious leaders, civil rights community and the general public on creating safer schools and environments for GLBT students. The forum is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Brad Clark, Executive Director of GLBT Youth in Iowa Schools Task Force, at (515) 243-1221 or brad.clark@.... www.iowasafeschools.org
NEW! The Quire's Winter Concert, Sat. Dec. 9th
The Quire, Eastern Iowa’s GLBT Chorus, presents their annual winter concert Sat. Dec. 9th at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St. in Iowa City. Admission is free. The group will perform the orchestral version of Randall Thompson’s Frostiana and Gustav Holst’s Christmas Day, as well as a variety of other delightful settings for the season such as The Twelve Groovy Days of Christmas (70’s style). For more information or a PDF poster to display, contact marlys-boote@... or see http://www.thequire.org/. Updated! UI LGBT-SFA Luncheon Speaker's Series, Wed. Dec. 13th.
All are welcome and encouraged to bring your lunch. All times are 12:00pm–1:00pm on the 13th of each month! The last of the Fall line-up includes: Wed. Dec. 13th the speaker is open (meeting location: Lucas Dodge Room, #256 IMU.) For more info on the LGBT-SFA, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~lgbsfa/ or contact Carlos at email@example.com or at 335-3059 in the Office of Student Life.
Updated! Iowa City GLBT Pride Planning Committee, Sun. Dec. 17th The Iowa City GLBT Pride Planning Committee invites you to come and participate in the planning process for this next year's Pride Celebration in June. We have met once and tentatively set the date for our annual Pride march and rally for Saturday, June 16th. We will be meeting monthly on Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm at the Iowa City Public Library. The meetings are open to the public and we are currently recruiting people to be active members on the committee. Our next meeting will be on Sun. Dec. 17th, at 4:00pm in the Iowa City Public Library. For more information, please contact Bridget at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The next few meetings are: Jan. 14th, Feb. 11th, March 11th, April 8th... More meetings will be scheduled later. OWLS Monthly Potluck, Sat. Dec. 30th
All "older, wiser lesbians" are invited to join the local OWLS group for their monthly Sat. night potlucks. There are no exact age requirements - just that you identify as "older and wiser." The next gathering will be held at 6pm on Sat. Dec. 30th at Katharine & Laurie's place on the southeast side of Iowa City. Beverages and place settings provided. Please bring any covered dish. Please contact Katharine at email@example.com for directions and/or more information about OWLS.
Iowa City Proud Families Group, meets monthly Are you a parent? Or thinking about becoming one? You are invited to join the Iowa City Proud Families group for their monthly potlucks and other gatherings. Proud Families has been together as a group for over 5 years and have members that are in the family planning stages, up to children that are pre-teen. They get together once a month for a pot-luck play date where they can let the kids play with their peer group while the parents get to relax and chat. If you would like more information or to be added to the list, please email Proudfamilies@mchsi.com. They also do some other events such as a Pride Party when they rented a gym in Iowa City for kids to have fun, trips to the zoo, apple orchard, and a camping trip that the kids love.
NEW! Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth, Thurs. Feb. 22nd SAVE THE DATE!!! The 2007 Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth will be held on Thurs. February 22, 2007, at Drake University, Des Moines. Adults $45 and students: $25. Registration materials will be available shortly. Check back on www.iowasafeschools.org. For now, please save February 22, 2007, on your calendar!
NEW! Research Study for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Questioning Women
If you are a woman who is at least 18 years old and have experienced same-sex attraction, you are invited to participate in a study by a lesbian researcher, Dawn Szymanski, at the University of Tennessee. The survey is anonymous, and takes about 30 minutes to complete. As an incentive to participate, all participants will be given the chance to enter a participant raffle awarding $100 each to three randomly selected participants. For those interested in participating in this study, click on the following hypertext link: http://d769.psysurvey.com (or cut and paste the web address into your browser). This will take you to the consent form and questionnaire. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at the University of Tennessee.
Community Links on Website. We've added a number of GLBT community-related links on our website<
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