CampBiz – February 29

As this issue of Camp comes out on Leap Day, we celebrate all that is odd in life, including our extra day of February. What better way to mark this day than the premiere of the Eubank Productions rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. With Justin van Pelt headlining, the show opens Feb. 29 and runs through March 23 at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Plaza. If you missed the Feb.1 cover story in Camp, check it out online at www.campkc.com. Tickets are selling fast, so reserve them now by calling 816-842-9999 or going to www.ahtkc.org.

It?s not too late to participate in the AIDS Walk Open 2008 miniature golf tournament and pub crawl on March 1. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the event runs to 8 p.m., featuring a pub crawl with teams participating for prizes at seven different bars. Register online at www.aidswalkkansascity.org or by calling 816-529-1920. You can still register at any of the seven bars that day after 11 a.m., but your best bet is Missie B?s, where most of the registration people will be set up. The big fundraiser will wind up with a show at Missie B?s at 7 p.m.

AIDS Walk has several events between now and the April 26 walk. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 12, they will be hosting the new Extra Mile Club event at the Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo. This event will feature ideas and training for all of those who want to become Extra Mile Club members. To do so, you must individually (not as a team) raise $1,000, and you?ll receive a Gold Crown at AIDS Walk. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP by March 10 to 816- 931-0959.

Greg Hugeback and the other AIDS Walk volunteers will be holding the 10th annual Mosaic Project, an AIDS awareness art project, from 5 to 8 p.m. April 4 at the Chair Building, 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. At 6:30 p.m April 5 at bar Natasha, 1911 Main St., De De DeVille will be hosting 20 for 20. For this new event, De De and Kansas City?s best designers will compete in a ?thrifty? fashion show where each of the 20 designers must create something truly fabulous for $20. Only a drag queen would know this is truly possible for $20, as I?m sure they?ve proven at previous galas. More fashion fundraising for AIDS Walk will be at another new event, The Red Line, a show featuring designers? red apparel and auction at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Nara restaurant event space, 1617 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Find more info at www.redlinekc.com.

This year?s eighth annual Kansas City Crossroad?s West 18th Street Fashion Show will return at dusk on June 14 with ?Summer at Sea.? The event is having an open call for artists and designers to be a part of K.C.?s runway tradition. To be considered, all registration materials must be received by 7 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Information on entering or attending the event can be found at www.westeighteenthstreet.com.

Kansas City Gay Pride is running like a Japanese bullet train with all the planning and work on the May 30, 31 and June 1 Gay Pride Festival. Entertainers are being lined up as we speak, so stay tuned for more information in the next issue of Camp. Right now they?re talking to exhibitors, so this is your best time to reserve exhibit space for Pride 2008. Information on events, volunteering and exhibiting is at www.kansascitygaypride.org

For those of you who haven?t been to a performance of the Mid America Freedom Band, this group is growing year by year and can really put on a great performance. Its next concert is ?In the Mood for the Big Band Sound? at 8 p.m. April 5 at Paseo Academy, 4747 Flora, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are only $10, and it?s a great chance to hear some excellent musicians. For more information visit, www.mafbmusic.org

Good Samaritan Project is hosting its annual Corks and Canvas food, arts and wine benefit auction during Gay Pride weekend, on the evening of May 31 in the Bartle Hall ballroom, Kansas City, Mo. Stay tuned for more information in Camp, and visit their Web site, www.gsp-kc.org

The Heart of America Softball League (HASL) season is quickly approaching. The season begins with a Kickball Tournament at 8:30 a.m. March 8 at Penn Valley Ballparks (Liberty Memorial). The cost is $10 per player. Opening Day is April 20 with opening ceremonies and beer bust later that day at Missie B?s.

Teams are forming in the Kansas City and surrounding areas. There are several events held between now and Opening Day to meet other players and talk to coaches about joining teams. You can join individually, bring a friend, or organize your own team. Fees are $40 per player ($400 for team sponsorship), and you must be at least 18.

The league will play its regular season at Mid America Sports Complex, 20000 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kan. Most regular season game times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Concession stands with alcohol and batting cages are onsite, and there is no longer a fee to enter the park. For more information visit: www.HASLKC.com or e-mail Derek W, who does recruitment, at swimjockR@yahoo.com or Kim Nordike, league commissioner at info@haslkc.com

I received notice of a great job fair for young people and companies looking to hire and train them for summer jobs. The City of Kansas City Youth Advocacy Office (a division of the City Manager?s Office) is sponsoring the fourth annual Kansas City Bright Future Employment Fair. It will be March 29 at the Kansas City Convention Center. The press release describes the fair this way: ?This program provides part-time and full-time summer employment, internships, and pre-apprenticeships for Kansas City, Mo., residents ages 15-22. The employment initiative introduces young people to various careers and teaches them marketable skills while mentoring them and supporting a positive experience for the employee and employer. This year 1,500 young adults will be chosen to participate in the Bright Future Employment Fair.? For more information contact David Owens, program coordinator, Youth Advocacy Office, 816-513-1299 (www.kcmo.org/youth).

From youth to retirement, there?s something for everyone: Alfredo Parra will be hosting a focus group to investigate construction of an LGBT retirement facility for our community. It will be held at 7 p.m. March 27 at Broadway Church, 3931 Washington St. (north entrance on 39th Terrace), Kansas City, Mo.

Parra invites all community members who are interested in working toward this goal to participate in this focus group. They will look at the first LBGT subsidized retirement community in the United States, Triangle Square in Los Angeles, and hear a presentation from Tony Salazar of McCormack Baron Salazar, the builder of that community. Parra reports that ?Triangle Square is a beautiful, $20 million facility, with amenities that are found in new-construction condominiums.?

The focus group will also seek community members? questions and input on topics such as possible downtown location, easy access to transportation, grocery store, entertainment, restaurants, and new construction vs. a retrofitted older building. For more information, contact Parra at 816-472-8495 or soyalfredillo@yahoo.com.

Send news about your organization or business to John Long at jlong@campkc.com.

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