What’s Happening at The Spahr Center

New HIV Client Advisory Committee
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have completed the process of interviewing and appointing client to the new HIV Advisory Committee. Nine clients have been appointed to serve on the committee, as well as one alternate in case someone has to step-down. Committee members will serve one year terms of office through August 2019. Members are eligible to serve a second, one-year term by invitation of the board.
Names of the committee members are not being published at this time because of confidentiality rules, but with their permission, their names will be listed on our website soon. In addition to the nine committee members, two members of the board will serve as liaisons to the committee, Andrea Devoto and Ricardo Segura. The board is looking forward to having this channel of communication with clients, giving it a direct, formal way to hear about client needs, opinions and suggestions.
Healing Waters Rafting Trip
July was the time to go white water rafting down the American River with a fabulous organization called Healing Waters! Open to HIV clients, this annual trip is a great opportunity to get out in the wilderness and share a great weekend together. Headed by our staffers Andy Fyne and Bri Silva, this year’s trip was hot, but lots of fun! Our clients reported having an amazing time and one man said “I can’t believe I loved it so much; I want to do that every day!”
LGBTQ Night at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom!!
From the producers of OUT on the Mountain (Gay Night at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California), it’s time that the San Francisco Bay area had its own LGBT Night at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom!
Join us for OUT at the Kingdom and enjoy the day with the general public from 10:30am-8pm in the entire park and then enjoy special Out at the Kingdom night all to ourselves in DC Plaza from 8pm-12am. You’ll see special performances, enjoy a dance party with Ray Rhodes, participate in games, and can quench your hunger and thirst with foods and a full bar!!
Tickets are only $45 when purchased through the link below!! That’s $15 off regular admission to the park plus you get admission the special Out at the Kingdom event!!
When tickets are purchased through the link, OUT at the Kingdom will donate a portion to The Spahr Center!
Q’d In! Summer Update
We are excited to announce that our new Latinx youth support group will start meeting on Wednesday September 19th at Huckleberry Youth Program in Montecito Plaza!
Our Mill Valley drop-in group and the Youth Advisory Committee will be taking a break in August while Program Coordinator, Nina, is on vacation. The San Rafael and Novato drop-in groups will continue their usual schedule. We’ll be back to regular meeting times for everyone in September.
Resources for Family Caregivers
Click here to find a variety of helpful information, in-person groups as well as online groups for people providing caregiving to a family member. Family Caregiver Alliance has partnered with Smart Patients to create a new Caregivers Community. You can join for free to learn, share and interact with other caregivers in a safe, supportive environment.
What’s coming up in September…
The Changing Face of the Opioid Epidemic
September 12th – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dominican University, Angelico Hall
Learn about the opioid epidemic with Dr. Cicarrone, from the UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Cicarrone, a national expert in opioid use disorder, will be discussing the shifting epidemic, from prescription drug abuse toward illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.
Following the talk, a panel of local experts, including our Testing & Prevention Manager, Andy Fyne, will discuss the trends in Marin County and local strategies to address the opioid crisis, including addiction treatment options and efforts to prevent overdoses. This is a free community event; please use the link below to register.
Save-the-Date for our Senior Friendship Luncheon!! Wednesday, 9/26
A few more Senior LGBTQ events…
Come play Bocce Ball with the North Bay Senior LGBTQ Social Committee!! Tuesday, September 11th!
Cost: $10
Click here for more info!!
The North Bay Senior LGBTQ Social Committee invites you to come to a Potluck Picnic at Miwok Park in Novato on Saturday, August 18th!
Click here for more info!!
Update on the Corte Madera LGBT Senior Discussion Group
Buz Hermes, the facilitator of our Corte Madera discussion group, reports that the group has grown every month since it started last January! Now, Buz says, the goal is to add more lesbian, bisexual and transgender women to the group. The monthly meeting is on the second Wednesday from noon to 2:00 pm in the community room at Corte Madera Town Center. Click here for more information