Congratulations to the AIDS Walk and AIDS Services Foundation for a wonderful and memorable 2008 AIDS Walk on April 26. View more pictures of the walk and their fashion shows on pages 12 and 13 of this issue of the May 2 print edition of Camp. Terry Newell and his committee created a beautiful Night of Remembrance tribute and memorial on the evening of April 20 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Now the group is finishing up its fundraising, hosting a June block party (see events below) and planning the Oct. 4 AIDS Bicycle Challenge and, later that month, co-hosting Beerfest with the Kansas City Free Health Clinic. More information can be found at www.aidswalkkansascity.org.
Three of the beneficiaries of AIDS Walk are holding their own events in May. The Kansas City Free Health Clinic will host Bloom, Good Samaritan Project will host Corks and Canvas and SAVE Inc. will host its No Place Like Home Spring Luncheon. See details in the events section below.
MGRA news. Readers may remember that we reported in the March 28 issue of Camp that MGRA will not be hosting a Kansas City rodeo this fall. They tell me they?re still in the game, however, and will be working with the St. Louis rodeo on hosting Missouri rodeos in either city in alternating years. Stay tuned for more information.
2008 Zoey Awards. I ran into Zoe Kelly at the AIDS Walk, and she tells me that plans are still underway for her MGRA fundraiser and important community awards event, the Zoey Awards. The inaugural 2007 event was great fun, and you won?t want to miss the 2008 Zoey Awards. Zoe tells me they are still finalizing the location and date but it will probably be in the fall now that the rodeo is not taking place in September. We?ll keep you informed.
Tulips on Troost. Art gallery owner Durwin Rice, who has been so involved in the revitalization of Troost Avenue, where his gallery is located, has been instrumental in honoring the Dutch heritage of Troost?s name with the Tulips on Troost project.?More than 100,000?tulips have been planted by area businesses and Rice himself all along Troost Avenue, with a goal of 1 million by 2010.?Reader?s Digest just recognized his project in its annual Best of America series. The flowers are at their peak now, so rush over to Troost and see this gorgeous spectacle.
Good Samaritan Project. The annual Gourmet Dinner fundraiser for Good Samaritan Project will be May 3, and its Corks and Canvas auction will be May 31. More information can be found at www.gsp-kc.org.
Midwest Alternative Family Alliance Family Day Spring Picnic. Noon-3 p.m. May 4, Porter Park, Prairie Village, Kan. The group describes this as ?A time designated for fun, food and support for LGBT couples/singles and their families, couples/singles that are thinking about starting a family, and straight allies that support LGBT families.? Hamburger, hot dogs and all the trimmings will be provided. RSVP to Natalie Banks at 816-930-2353 or NSCBanks@aol.com. More information can be found at www.kcmafa.org.
?ABOMINATION? documentary screening. 7 p.m. May 7, Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte, Kansas City Mo. Join PROMO for a free screening of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists? documentary ABOMINATION: Homosexuality and the Ex-Gay Movement. After the 30-minute film, a panel of local ministers, mental health professionals, and community members will discuss ?reparative/conversion therapies? and the Ex-Gay Movement. For more info, contact Sarah Gillooly at email@example.com or 816-931-2300.
SAVE Inc. No Place Like Home Spring Luncheon. Noon-1 p.m. May 8. Hosted by former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Hyatt Regency Crown Center, 2345 McGee St., Kansas City, Mo. Learn how SAVE Inc. helps those living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS in Kansas City. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kevin Ryan at 816-531-8340, ext. 29.
LGBT community-wide picnic. 11a.m.-3 p.m. May 18 at Swope Park, Shelter 7. The Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City will provide grills, hot dogs, chips and some drinks. They ask that you bring a side dish or dessert to share, as well as chairs and blankets. They will also be looking for donations of lightly used clothing for Halfy?s Thrift Boutique in Mission, Kan., to benefit the Pet Connection ? a no-kill, cageless animal shelter. RSVP to Mitch Levine at email@example.com or call 816-931-6025.
Kansas City Free Health Clinic. The annual Bloom party for KC Free will be May 30. More information can be found at www.kcfree.org.
Kansas City Gay Pride and Street Blast. May 30-31 and June 1. National acts include Martha Wash, Deborah Cox, 2 Unlimited and the DC Cowboys. The Friday night Street Blast at Ninth and Main Streets and Saturday and Sunday festival at Penn Valley Park routinely draw tens of thousands of people.
The Gay Pride crew works tirelessly all year to put on the festival. They aim to provide something for everyone: dancing, music, entertainment, food, drinks and more for a great party. But it?s much more than just a social event. Once again there will be a commitment ceremony at the Festival. Great events for families and children are also planned, as well as pet adoptions and the poignant AIDS Quilt on display in the memorial tent. Well over 100 exhibitors will be there to introduce their organizations serving the LGBT community or to offer gifts, clothes, products and services. Exhibitor booths are still available.
This year will feature the always popular Dress to Impress art auction and fashion show May 23 at bar Natasha and the Interfaith Service on May 28 at Spirit of Hope MCC. For visitors from out of town, the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, will offer discounts. Reserve a room at 816-421-1234 (mention the Kansas City Gay Pride rate).
Celebrate your pride at this social, cultural, educational and festive event. Look for more information in the May 16 Gay PrideGuide issue of Camp and at www.kansascitygaypride.org.
Leslie Jordan?s return. 8 p.m. June 6, Folly Theater, Kansas City, Mo. My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, a one-man laugh fest, is written and adapted for live performance by Jordan himself. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster, (www.tickemaster.com) or by calling the Folly Theater box office at 816-474-4444.
Block Party With a Purpose. Live music and food. 4-8 p.m. June 7, 36th and Holmes, Kansas City, Mo.
?Divas!? concert by the Heartland Men?s Chorus. June 14 & 15. Folly Theater, Kansas City, Mo. What better way to celebrate Gay Pride month than with a Heartland Men?s Chorus concert? This year?s guest entertainer is the fabulous female impersonator Christopher Peterson. He?ll amaze with his impersonations of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Marilyn Monroe and more. For more information, visit www.hmckc.org
OutSpokin ?Mountain Biking 101? 1 p.m. June 15, Smithville Lake. OutSpokin, Kansas City?s LGBT and allied bicycling club, will host a fun ride for novice-level mountain biking enthusiasts. The group will meet in front of Bistro 303, 303 Westport Rd., and carpool for the 25-minute drive to Smithville Lake. OutSpokin will provide handouts with driving directions to the trailhead, a trail map and basic tips and techniques for riding off-road. The group plans to return to Westport around 4 p.m. For questions or to sign up, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melinda Ryder and friends in benefit for No More Homeless Pets. June 22, Drexel Hall, 3301 Baltimore. Join our fabulous fundraiser Melinda and other entertainers for a great show and benefit for our furry friends. More information can be found at www.kcpets.org.
Black Gay Pride. Aug. 7-10. There will be a Black Gay Pride in Kansas City this year. Look for more details in an upcoming issue of Camp. In the meantime, for more information contact DeVon Horn, email@example.com.
As always, keep me informed of your organization or business activity by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.