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March 27, 2014

RU12? Community Center Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal

 

RU12? Community Center Annual LGBTQA Celebration: The Big Reveal

 

Excitement has been building steadily around this event over the last six months. With our roots planted firmly in our past, RU12? is extending our community-centered work across Vermont and scaling up the Center happenings.  From our move back to Burlington last summer and showing the works of local LGBTQ artists at the Art Hop to co-hosting the Pride Dance, we are presenting more and more opportunities for our community and allies to get out into the world and celebrate. The momentum continues building and in the coming months, we will produce Pride Vermont, feature such notable artists as John Killaky in the Center space, present one of our popular Town Hall Series on growing our LGBTQ families, and offer a host of new and exciting social and educational opportunities.

 

All of these amazing new events and programs will happen under a new Center name!! Join us and be the first to hear it as we do our tantalizing Big Reveal.

 

Of course, what would all the newness be without a shift in our biggest event of the year? Join us at Echo for an evening featuring tasting stations with the most amazing dishes designed to impress, by three of Vermont’s leading caterers.

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May 2, 2014

Echo Lake Aquarium in Burlington, Vermont

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Cocktail reception at 6:00PM

Tasting Stations open at 7:00PM

Silent and Live Auctions

 

Catering by

Sugarsnap

Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge

Catering by Dale

 

The Vermont Pride Awards

Each year, RU12? honors Vermont community members and businesses who go above and beyond to ensure that our LGBTQ community thrives in a dynamic, safe, and exciting environment.

 

The Vermont Pride Award for Activism

Peep Show

The Vermont Pride Activism Award is being presented to the Peep Show. Peep Show is a sassy, irreverent drag and burlesque show, celebrating camp in all things. Producers Jonathan Bitchman and Quechee George create a queer-friendly, sex-positive, and above all, inclusive performance space/environment. Their community driven philanthropic effort showcases new and seasoned talent from Burlington to Boston to NYC. Throughout the show, Jonathan and Quechee let the audience know about everything from where to find support for survivors or violence to where to find an HIV test. At the end of the evening, they pay their performers and the rest is donated to support RU12?.  http://peepshowvermont.tumblr.com

 

The Vermont Pride Community Award for Community Service

The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee

The Northeast Kingdom LGBTQA Advisory Committee provides cultural education and awareness on behalf of LGBTQ-identified individuals, with special emphasis on aging adults, living in the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Committee hosts social and educational events and provides education and technical assistance that is LGBTQ affirming, to staff of programs, agencies and organizations that provide services to aging adults.

 

The Vermont Pride Award for Business of the Year

National Life Group

National Life Group, a company with strong Vermont roots. They are very much a part of our communities, supporting such organizations as Pride VT, VT CARES, Outright VT, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund of VT. Their Human Resources Center has the very Vermont title, “The People Center” and their benefits are fully supportive of LGBTQ individuals and families. With “Do Good, Be Good, Make Good.” as a set of corporate values, it is no wonder that they are such a strong supporter of Vermont’s LGBTQ communities.

 

National Life Group is a diversified family of financial service companies that has successfully forged a strong identity as a product innovator offering personalized service. Companies in the group offer a comprehensive portfolio of life insurance, annuity and investment products to help individuals, families and businesses pursue their financial goals.

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The Live and Silent Auctions

This year, our auctions are bigger than ever, with items for every budget and interest. Businesses and individuals from across Vermont and all the way to Beijing have donated to the auctions. You will be able to bid on everything from an in-home dinner for eight prepared by Leunig’s Donnell Collins and her amazing staff; summer passes to St. Michael’s Playhouse; and hand blown glass vases to tattoo time and yoga passes. Proceeds support the Center’s social gatherings, educational events, and direct services for the LGBT community.

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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March 21, 2014

The Big Reveal: Save the Date!

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The RU12? Annual Community Celebration
Friday, May 2nd
6-10:00PM
Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center
Burlington, Vermont

Catering provided by Sugarsnap, 
Leunig’s Bistro and Lounge, 
and Catering by Dale

March 14, 2014

New Social Group for Cross Dressers

Cross Dressers

Stuck in the Middle with You
(A Crossdresser's Invitation)

Maybe not stuck. More like wandering. But that's only because of our natural bias toward viewing life and our journeys through it as a straight path with a destination, point A to point B. What about all the great terrain in between?

This is my perspective as a crossdresser. The shame of veering off of point A as a stereotypical heterosexual male is bad enough in our society, but to my surprise, I have found that I also face difficulty in the LGBTQ community. When I tell people I am a cross dresser, many presume that I have a goal of transitioning my gender to female. For those who are transitioning, this is fantastic and you have my full support. I do not have this goal. I'm still happily tethered to the roots of my gender identity. I am a man, husband, father, even a grandfather.

For those who insist that I must be confused or I haven’t yet admitted that I want to transition my gender, I reply, "Chill out!" My compass on this trek is my heart, not my head. Constant questions that are code for ‘are you sure you haven’t thought about this?’ are just as responsible for stirring up confusion on this journey as what I hear from people trying to convince me that there is something wrong with crossdressing. Risking the vulnerability of the unknown is scary, especially in the face of doubts from others, but I am committed to exploring and acknowledging my authentic self.

Anyone else out there on a similar journey? Any interest in coming together to share stories, support and honoring our basic human need for connection?

Initially, I envision scheduled meetings at the RU12? Community Center on S. Champlain Street. From there we can mix it up with social outings, such as dining out, shopping sprees, makeover sessions, athletic activities. Maybe some volunteer/outreach work.

If interested, shoot me an email. The sooner the better. Spring afternoons on Church Street are fabulous with shoulder length hair brushing over bare shoulders and long flowing dresses embracing the rest! In the words of Bon Scott, former lead singer of my favorite rock band, AC/DC, "It's a long way to the top if you want to rock & roll"...so slip on a dress and go out and have fun!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Rene Dubois

January 23, 2014

Milk and cookies with SafeSpace at UVM today, Thursday 1/23

 

 

 

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Wondering about how to meet people other LGBTQ safely on campus? Questions about how to help a queer friend experiencing intimate partner violence? Need help but unsure where to get it?

As part of Stalking Awareness Month, SafeSpace will be eating cookies and drinking milk with staff from UVM's LGBTQA and Women's Centers today, as part of a dialogue with LGBTQ and Allied UVM community members about LGBTQ relationships.

Today at the Allen House, 12noon-1pm.

December 05, 2013

Outright Awards & Not-so-Silent Auction

Outright Awards 

Friday, December 13th
 
Higher Ground Ballroom Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 7:00pm
All Ages $15 advance | $20 day of show

Outright Awards is an annual celebration of the best in queer youth leadership, community advocates, queer and ally partners all over Vermont. An MTV style awards show of the year that promises to bring you Vermont queer celebrities, performances by the state’s top drag crews, a NOT-so-silent auction, and the infamous candy bar. A spectacular night that you don't want to miss!

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November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from RU12? Community Center!

Bring a side dish, your favorite board game, and join your community tonight at RU12? for a potluck Thanksgiving Dinner tonight 11/27 starting at 6:00pm. Hosted by the GLAM boys. ALL ARE WELCOME! More details available here. 

We will be closed in observance of the holiday 11/28-29. 

Gay thanksgiving

 

September 18, 2013

Apples, Apples, Apples!

Apple Picking. Apples to Apples. Apple Crisp. Put them all together? You get a kick-butt Vermonty afternoon with the GLAM guys.

Meet up at the RU12? Community Center at 11am on Sunday, 9/22 and we will carpool out to Allenholm Farm in South Hero. We will spend about 1 1/2 hrs picking apples and such, then bring it back to RU12? to play an updated rendition of Apples to Apples, make Apple Crisp and sip cider.

To RSVP and check updated information, click here

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September 13, 2013

Pride Weekend Schedule!

Friday, September 13th

Out on Church Street

6 pm – Midnight, Pride Vermont will present its First Annual “OUT on Church Street”! This event will kick off the weekend of Pride festivities by inviting all Vermonters to enjoy one of New England’s best-known destinations-Church Street in Burlington. We plan to make Church Street the place to be that evening, and you don’t want to miss it!

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Burly Bear Cock Camp

7pm, Red Square, Burlington. It's the Burly Bear hot and sweaty dance party the Friday of Pride weekend!!!

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Pop-Up Queer Pride Party

Join Pop-Up as they kick off the Pride weekend again with one big, bad-ass, sweaty queer dance party. Friday 9pm- 1AM - ARTS RIOT (400 Pine Street, Burlington, VT).

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Saturday, September 14th

Join RU12? at Laura's March!

RU12? Community Center will be participating in Laura's March on September 14th! Please join us in honoring Laura K. Winterbottom and in raising funds for RU12?'s SafeSpace Program. SafeSpace offers direct services and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, hate violence, and discrimination. Our services are free and confidential. 

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Vermont Pride's Women's Tea Dance

1-4pm, Red Square, Burlington. More than tea will be served! Celebrate your PRIDE!!

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Community in the Archives: RU12?'s Queer Archives

4-5:30pm Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Special reception for Vermont Pride weekend! A special exhibit of memorabilia, material objects, ephemera and other intimate and personal items and artifacts from the Vermont Queer Archives.

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History of New England’s Gay Leather Groups

6pm Burlington City Arts, Burlington. Come learn why we march at pride from the BDSM/Leather Community perspective. Celebrate pride with a little history!

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Hot Pink Pride Party

The largest Annual Pride Party in Vermont! And you're gonna be seeing PINK all night long.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH

Celebrate Pride Sunday at Leunig's

All Day, Leunig's Bistro, Church Street, Burlington. Leunig's is generously donating 10% of the entire day's proceeds to the youth at Outright Vermont.

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Pride Parade

12:30pm, The Pride Parade is a beloved institution here in Vermont and throughout the world. It begins at the south end of Church St. and ends at Battery Park where the festival is held!

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Northern Decadence Food Festival

12pm - 5pm, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the Vermont Pride Festival at Battery Park

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Pride Festival

12pm - 5pm, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, the Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo will take place during the Vermont Pride Festival at Battery Park

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Burly Bear Pride Day Tea Dance

4pm - 9pm, Red Square, Burlington. $5 suggested donation benefits Pride Vermont! This event is open to all and everyone of every identification is welcome and encouraged to attend!

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For a full list of all Pride Vermont events, click HERE

 

 

 

April 09, 2013

RU12?'s LGBTQ Community Dinner Tickets Now Available!!

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Please join us for RU12? Community Center’s 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Dinner: Emerald. Our signature event, this year’s dinner celebrates fifteen years of RU12?’s commitment to LGBTQA community building across Vermont.

RU12’s Annual Dinner brings together community members and allies for a fabulous evening of dinner and entertainment in support of our vital health and human rights programs as well as our social and educational events. It is a time for us to recognize community leaders, organizations, and businesses dedicated to building and strengthening our community.

The Annual Dinner begins at 5:00PM

The Sheraton Hotel, Burlington

in the Emerald Ballroom  

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April 03, 2013

Happening Soon In St. Johnsbury.....

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Saturday, April 6th at 6:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

47 Cherry St., St. Johnsbury

The Womyn to Womyn Lesbian Potluck Group meets bimonthly on the first Saturday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Johnsbury.  Contact Vickie at [email protected] for more information.

Interested in meeting people in a social setting that you identify with?  The Intergenerational Subcommittee in St. Johnsbury is looking for suggestions and individuals to participate in the planning of community social events.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

April 01, 2013

Happening Soon in St. Johnsbury.....

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April 6th at 6:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church

47 Cherry St., St. Johnsbury

The Womyn to Womyn Lesbian Potluck Group meets bimonthly on the first Saturday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in St. Johnsbury.  Contact Vickie at [email protected] for more information.

Interested in meeting people in a social setting that you identify with?  The Intergenerational Subcommittee in St. Johnsbury is looking for suggestions and individuals to participate in the planning of community social events.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

March 22, 2013

Leunig's All-Day Benefit for RU12?

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Come to Leunig's on April 7th and support RU12? Community Center

On Sunday, April 7th, Leunig's Bistro and Lounge will donate 10% of the food and bar sales to support the programs of RU12?. 

Starts at 9am until closing.

Bring your family, friends, and colleagues. Tell everyone you know! 

Buy a Community Partner card for $50.00 and you will receive 20% off of your food tab throughout the year. Half of the cost of the card goes directly to RU12?. Or, renew your Community Partner card from last year and the entire cost goes to RU12?. 

What could be better than being a part of providing award winning direct services and advocacy for the LGBTQ Community while enjoying delicious food in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Church Street?
Also, Leunigs will hold a raffle 1 ticket for $5 or 3 for $10 for a chance to win Dinner for Two including Two Appetizers, Two Entrees & Two Desserts! All of the money raised in the raffle goes to RU12!!!

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January 09, 2013

Killington Winter Pride Weekend: February 1st-February 3rd

 

Winter Pride

 

ChanAmberNicoleWith one of the most popular nightlife scenes in the East, along with 140 trails spread across 70 miles of mountain terrain, Killington’s got something for everyone – and then some. Whether you’re an avid snow sport enthusiast or just making the trip out to party, we’ll provide you with everything needed for an amazing experience.

407529_374237425923169_374211782592400_1648915_882644708_nAs a part of this initiative, G.N.A.R. is proud to support RU12? Community Center as the principle non-profit beneficiary of this year’s event. RU12 Community Center celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters. They offer a wide range of programs from social and educational events, to health and wellness programs, to direct services and advocacy.

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EVENT PASS OPTIONS:
- Gold Pass ($129)
- Gold Pass + Full-Day Lift Ticket ($169)

Pride Passes may be purchased at www.GnarWinterPride.com.

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November 11, 2012

RU12?'s Bring a Bottle Wine Auction

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Please join RU12? Community Center on Monday, December 3rd at Burlington City Arts for the RU12? Wine Auction. From 6PM to 8PM, guests will mingle, hear fabulous music by accomplished cellist Mo Citro, enjoy tantalizing hors d'oeuvres from Catering by Dale, and catch up with friends at Vermont Creamery's cheese table. 

Need some wine for gifts or dinners in the coming holiday season? Are you adventurous about trying new wines? Want to build up your wine cellar?This is the event to attend. 

Guests are asked to bring a bottle of your favorite red or white. At the end of the evening, two lots of wine, the table of reds and the table of whites, will be auctioned. We also plan to have a couple other wine related auction items for those who may not want to bid on an entire table of wine! 

All proceeds will benefit RU12? Community Center, which celebrates, educates, and advocates with and for LGBTQ Vermonters. 

For more information, contact RU12? and speak with Kim Fountain at 802-860-7812 or email her at [email protected]

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September 23, 2012

Bluebird Barbecue Supports RU12? on Weds 9/26

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**This Wednesday, September 26th**

Enjoy a great meal with friends while strengthening your queer community!

This Wednesday at Bluebird Barbecue's "Community Night" 10% of all proceeds benefit Vermont' LGBTQ Community Center!

Bluebird Barbeque is located at 317 Riverside Ave, Burlington

 

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July 23, 2012

GLAM Meeting Every Wednesday


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* Every 2nd Wednesday of the month the meeting is held at a restaurant or coffeehouse downtown.

 

We're looking for young gay, bi and queer guys who are interested in putting together great events, meeting new people, and reaching out to other guys!  We want your help! If you're a young gay, bi, or queer man who would like to get involved, email us at [email protected] , check out our webpage (http://www.glamvt.org) or friend us on Facebook.

July 09, 2012

GLAM Meeting on Location: Nectars

GLAM On location

*NEW* We're taking GLAM Core Group on location. The Second Wednesday of every month we'll be meeting at Nectar's. Join us for some tasty appetizers (our treat!) while we plan social events and adventures for GBQ guys in VT.

GLAM Core Group Meets every Wednesday 6:30pm. We're looking for young gay and bi & Trans guys who are inte’rested in putting together great events, meeting new people, and reaching out to other guys! Core Group runs our program, and we want your input!

If you're a young gay, bi, or queer man who would like to get involved, email us at [email protected] or friend us on facebook

April 09, 2012

RU12? 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Dinner May 4, 2013



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Please join us for RU12? Community Center’s 15th Annual LGBTQ Community Dinner: Emerald City. Our signature event, this year’s dinner celebrates fifteen years of RU12?’s commitment to LGBTQA community building across Vermont.

RU12’s Annual Dinner brings together community members and allies for a fabulous evening of dinner and entertainment in support of our vital health and human rights programs as well as our social and educational events. It is a time for us to recognize community leaders, organizations, and businesses dedicated to building and strengthening our community.

The evening will beging at 5:00PM and take place at the Sheraton Hotel, Burlington. 
 
The Vermont Pride Awards
RU12? Vermont Pride Awards are given to individuals and groups that truly stand out in their efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ individuals and communities. Their tireless efforts are an inspiration to us all.  
 
The Vermont Pride Award for Business of the Year will be presented to TD Bank for being out in front of as a strong supporter of their LGBTQ employees.  Through creating LGBTQ affirming policies TD fosters a workplace climate where LGBTQ employees can be out and proud.  They have received numerous awards at the national and international levels for their LGBTQ work, including offsetting the additional federal and state taxes of LGBT employees in domestic partnerships, relative to heterosexual married couples. Their support of Vermont’s LGBTQ community clearly reflects their company policies. From TD Bank Foundation grants and sponsoring RU12?’s Annual Dinner to volunteer hours by their employees, TD Bank is an admiral example of a business that understands and supports the true meaning of LGBTQ equality.

 
The Vermont Pride Award for Individual Activism will be presented to community activist David Frye, the coordinator of RU12?’s LGBTQ Disabilities Rights Network.  Two years ago, David began the LGBTQ Disabilities Group at the Center to foster the health, safety, and well being of this remarkable group of people.  From creating the support group and setting up a chat line to endless hours of outreach, David is in the process of connecting LGBTQ individuals with disabilities across Vermont. This innovative and tireless work has earned him several accolades including a Green Mountain Self Advocates Award to an invitation to speak at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s activist conference, Creating Change. His dedication is bringing much needed attention to this very marginalized group. 

The Vermont Pride Award for Community Service will be presented to the Pride Vermont Committee. Each year, Pride takes tremendous amounts of time and energy by a group of individuals working together for a full year. Filing all the correct city permits and finding and signing festival performers to contacting and coordinating marchers and vendors, requires hundreds of hours of planning.  Members of this committee give their time to ensure that we have an amazing Pride Festival, Parade, and events. They bring their various skills to the table and work through hours of details and produce events throughout the year. Through this award, RU12? hopes bring much deserved recognition to this dedicated group of individuals whose tireless efforts bring us the most recognizable tradition in LGBTQ culture.

The Live and Silent Auctions
This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and there are fabulous items to be bid on in our live and silent auctions. We have amazing items generously donated from businesses and individuals across Vermont and beyond. You will be able to bid on everything from an in-home dinner for eight prepared by Leunig’s Donnell Collins and her amazing staff, to bowties and gardening supplies, to those thank you cards you always wish you had handy. Proceeds support the Center’s social gatherings, educational events, and direct services for the LGBT community.

The link for tickets will go live on April 10th. 

February 17, 2012

Join the Action Team!!!

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Join the RU12? Community Center's Development Committee Action Team (DCAT). DCAT is designed to produce events aimed at fundraising and/or 'friendraising' for RU12?. 

This is not your ordinary volunteer opportunity. Whether you want to lead the organizing, participate in only one particular aspect of the organizing such as advertising or outreach, or you only have time to show up at the event and help take care of logistics, we have the need for your time, energy, and commitment.

Help organize a Summer Semester of community classes, Yard Sales, Dinner Parties, Wine Auction, Bingo Nights and more!!!!

 

"The great thing about the Action Team is that I don't have to make a long term commitment and attend regular meetings. I can check in when I have the time and energy to help with an ongoing project or create a new project of my own. It's an amazing way to connect with my community and help support the important work that RU12? provides to strengthen our communities."

- Meg Tamulonis, Action Team Member

"RU12? is working hard to provide social and educational programs and events for all LGBTQ Vermonters and our allies. I am very excited that the Action Team has so many dedicated volunteers to ensure our success. The more people who get involved, the more we can do for our community." 

Kim Fountain, Executive Director

To join the Action Team please email [email protected] or call 802-860-7812

  

February 03, 2012

It's Friday, Friday, Friday!!

 

Don't miss out on some amazing events happening in our community tonight!

 

Twisted Munch - 6pm - St. John's Club Burlington

 

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Come try something new in February - Twisted Munch is going to be a potluck in a private function room with our own bartender on Friday, February 3rd!

This is going to be a fun event with dirty games and the chance to
sample some of the culinary talents of our friends!

(Please bring a notecard listing the ingredients of your dish so
people can choose what is appropriate for their dietary restrictions.)

There is a room fee, but if you're able to donate $5, we'll be able to
cover it. Seems like a decent trade-off for the advantages of a
private room!

We'll have dinner from 6-9p in the downstairs function room of the St.
John's Club. We offer 6-7p as a Newcomer's Hour for folks who are new
to munches or our area - regulars of Twisted are welcome to come then
as well to greet people & they promise not to bite unless asked :)

St. John's Club is at 9 Central Ave, which is just off Pine St in
Burlington.  There's plenty of free parking and is close to the bus
routes.

Twisted is ALWAYS open to people of any gender identity & orientation,
as long as they are 18 or older.

 

Bob Bolyard's Karaoke 8-10pm.

Friday nights get a little rowdy at the St. John's Club, a squat brick building in the old working-class Lakeside neighborhood in Burlington's South End. Club member Bob Bolyard hosts karaoke, which is free and open to the public.

 

 

First Friday at Higher Ground

First FridayJoin Pamela Means, DJ Llu, DJ Precious, Fonda LaCox & Spice Celestial for February First Friday. Get your gay on...

8pm – 10pm: Pamela Means “one of the fiercest guitar players and politically-rooted songwriters in the music industry today,” (Curve Magazine) is a Brooklyn-based, internationally-touring singer-songwriter and jazz musician. http://pamelameans.com

10pm – close:
DJ Precious & DJ Llu

 

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