CampBiz- December 19, 2008

Editor’s Note: Although we try to be as good at gossip as the next person, we often don’t know of events unless someone tells us. We learn about most of the people or groups we feature in “CampBiz” through people who contact us. If you have news for future issues of Camp, be sure to call 816-221-0199 or send an email to
Holiday Events and New Year’s Resolutions
Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, any other holiday, or none of the above, I hope the last few weeks of 2008 are happy ones for you. Together, we’ll send 2008 into oblivion and make plans for a better 2009.

For those of us who are trying New Year’s resolutions again, in this issue of Camp we offer a few suggestions. If 2009 is a year when you might want to become involved with a faith community, a great place to start is Bradley Osborn’s comprehensive directory of Welcoming Congregations in our area on page 7. Brad did a great job of putting this together. Spirit of Hope MCC and Abiding Peace Lutheran Church, among several others, have Christmastime events planned

On page 11, we feature a story on Chuck Franks, a personal coach on helps with life skills and breaking down barriers to success. The article also mentions a men’s group that he will be forming in February.

In the past we’ve featured other articles or columns about people like Elaine Meizlish, a licensed clinical social worker, and her Women’s Coming Out Support Group, or Darryl Olive and his KCFitnessLink fitness and yoga workshops.

Olive is hosting free classes and workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, as part of Yoga Day USA, the national celebration of yoga. He reports that “Hundreds of Yoga Alliance registered yoga teachers and schools throughout the United States will host free or low-cost workshops on Yoga Day USA. In the practice of karma yoga or service to others, this day is also a fund-raiser for community health outreach programs.”

The classes will be at KCFitnessLink, 3909 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Parking is available in the rear of the building. You can register online at

If you have a program of interest to the LGBT and allied communities, email or call me and let’s talk about covering it.
Holiday Fundraisers
Several of the bars have been hosting holiday fundraising events. The Heart of America Softball “Barbies” team kicked off their efforts Dec. 4 at Bistro 303. They’re hoping to provide Barbie dolls and Mattel toys to needy children in the area. Kudos to the softball team and Bistro 303 for organizing this new holiday charity event.

Missie B’s once again held fundraisers for their Angel Tree Fund and will distribute holiday gifts to needy families through the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Clinic. Missie B’s begins the effort with the annual Bartenders Revue on Thanksgiving evening and works tirelessly, including the wrapping committee, to make it happen for the kids. Once again Bob Magaha, Kansas City’s Santa Claus, donned his Santa suit and posed with customers to raise money for the fund. Thanks again to this great bar and the people involved.
The Holidays with Music
The Heartland Men’s Chorus just finished the three performances of their holiday concert, Bless My Family Dec. 5-7. A nasty cold and cough prevented me from attending, but I hear it was wonderful, once again reminding us of how lucky Kansas City is to have this fabulous chorus. It’s not too late to buy stocking stuffers or gifts of their CDs at

As reported in the last issue, the all-men’s group from San Francisco, Chanticleer, is coming to Kansas City to perform on Jan. 17 at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Look for a story on this group in our next issue. The singers are performing as part of the Friends of Chamber Music concerts. Tickets are available at or by calling 816-561-9999. Mention Camp for a $5 ticket discount.
World AIDS Day
The great AIDS Walk and AIDS Services Foundation people once again hosted events to honor the annual World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. This year they held five events – the Patrons Party on Nov. 20, the Code Red fundraiser on Nov. 26, the World AIDS Day Memorial Service at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church and World AIDS Day Reception at the Kansas City Art Institute’s Vanderslice Hall, both on Dec. 1, and the World AIDS Day luncheon at the Kauffman Foundation on Dec. 2. In addition to these efforts, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre raised over $5,500 through the efforts of the cast of A Christmas Carol, who raised money during the play’s curtain call.

Josh Strodtman of AIDS Walk reports that the luncheon was a great success: “More than 200 people attended the Community Luncheon, presented by State Street, on Dec. 2 at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Highlights of the luncheon included a special recognition of longtime ASF friend Mary Jo Browne and remarks by Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Ga. A Community Roundtable followed the luncheon, hosted by Dr. Kathy Goggin, ASF board member; Mike Enos, president; and the Rev. Eric Williams. The Roundtable gave local HIV/AIDS service providers an opportunity to meet and discuss issues surrounding the epidemic with Dr. Fenton.”
Lesbian Cancer Project
The people involved with the Lesbian Cancer Project, a not-for-profit organization working from the facilities of Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church, 3801 Wyandotte St., report they’re doing even more to help with screenings and classes. They had 21 uninsured or underinsured women undergo mammograms at St. Luke’s Center for Breast Care on the Country Club Plaza. They also have vouchers for breast exams for women who were not able to attend that day. To qualify for a free mammogram, you must be 35 or older, have no insurance or inadequate access to a mammogram, have had no previous breast cancer diagnosis, and have no breast cancer symptoms.

Through a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, classes are now being offered in breast self-examination through the MammaCare classes. The group is also looking for volunteers. For more information, contact them at 816-931-0750 or

For more events with specific times and locations, check out the calendar at

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