LIKE ME Lighthouse Calendar
Aug. 4 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Aug. 10 Hear Me Out Toastmasters, 6-8 p.m.
Aug. 11 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Aug. 17 KC Bear Mafia, 6:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 18 EQUAL Trans Support Group, 5-7 p.m.
Aug. 18 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Aug. 23 KC Bear Mafia, 6:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 24 Hear Me Out Toastmasters, 6-8 p.m.
Aug. 25 Rainbow Warriors, 7-9 p.m.
Aug. 27 Mature Adult Gay Group (MAG), 5:30-8 p.m.
Aug. 28 PFLAG Meeting, 3-4 p.m.
Gay & Gray in The Midwest
The LGBT equality group called One Iowa will host its second annual Senior Summit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Des Moines.
Organizers describe the event as “a program of One Iowa that works to celebrate elder gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and reduce the homophobia and transphobia they experience. While LGBT elders confront the same health, housing and social issues that all elders face, they must also deal with additional challenges of isolation, discrimination and lack of understanding. Gay & Gray in the Midwest helps to counter those challenges by connecting LGBT elders with positive experiences and opportunities.”
The day will focus on the needs of LGBT older adults and caregivers, bringing LGBT elders, allies and advocates together with providers of health care, housing, legal and other services. The day is designed to broaden the conversation about the needs of aging LGBT people, make connections between individuals, communities and resources, and help LGBT seniors understand their rights.
The event will be at Grandview University Student Center (wheelchair accessible), 2811 E. 14th St., Des Moines. Tickets are $25. For more information, email Keenan Crow at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://oneiowa.nationbuilder.com/gay_gray_summit_2016.
‘Take the Stage’ Gala for Unicorn Theatre
For this annual gala, the entertainment will feature Ron Megee and Jim Korinke reprising their roles from the 2007 Unicorn performance of La Cage Aux Folles. Other entertainers will include Missy Koonce, Damron Russel Armstrong, Jacob Aaron Cullum, Vincent Onofrio Monachino and more, with Anthony Edwards as musical director. The event, at the Unicorn (3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.), will also feature a gourmet dinner, wine and drinks served by Unicorn Theatre actors. It should be a great time; reserve your seats to avoid a sell-out. A cocktail party for Patron Level donors starts at 5:30 p.m.; individual ticketholders should arrive at 6:15. Tickets for tables and individual seats are available at: https://unicorntheatre.org/?page=events-Take-The-Stage.
Bear Crossing, ‘The Ursa Games’
The third annual Bear Crossing, hosted by the Kansas City Bear Mafia, a 501(c)3 organization, will be a four-day event that brings in more than 200 attendees from the Kansas City area, surrounding states and even other countries.
With a Summer Games theme, the event will be based in Westport at the 816 Hotel. Passes are available online for $139 before Aug. 1. At-the-door pricing for the whole event will be $159.
This year they will be premiering the film Bear City 3 at Tivoli Cinemas for the attendees. The two main events for the long weekend will be Furnado and Splashdance. Furnado is an exclusive Friday night dance party at the Vox Theatre, 1405 Southwest Blvd., with special guest DJ Kurt Jo from New York City. Saturday’s Splashdance is a complete takeover of Coco Key Water Resort just for the bears. Each event is available a la carte for anyone to attend without having to purchase a pass for the whole weekend. Furnado is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Splashdance is $50 in advance and $60 at the door.
Larry Sharp, director of marketing for the KC Bear Mafia, said, “Our goal is to raise money for our beneficiaries by putting the fun in fundraising. We also have a strong focus on partnering and showing off local and Kansas City original businesses and attractions.”
They raised $7,500 in 2014 for their primary beneficiary, LIKEME Lighthouse. In 2015 they were able to increase that to $8,000, which they split between the LIKEME Lighthouse and Good Samaritan Project. Their goal for 2016 is to raise more money and split it among: FosterAdopt Connect (formerly Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association), LIKEME Lighthouse, Heartland Men’s Chorus and Mid America Freedom Band.
More information, including a full schedule of events and links to register, can be found at http://bearcrossingkc.org.
Late Night Theatre’s ‘Die Nacht der Nachte, The Night of Nights’
Late Night Theatre is taking over the Folly for this one-night event: Die Nacht der Nachte, The Night of Nights. They describe it as “a celebration of 1930s Berlin cabaret clubs.” The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: call 816-474-4444 or visit follytheater.org.
12th annual AIDS Bicycle Cruise
Once again, this bicycling “party on wheels” will raise money for the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City, and this year it has a new location – beginning and ending at Barrel 31 in Martini Corner, 400 E. 31st St. This year’s cruise will feature multiple entertaining ports of call and a one-of-a-kind Finish Line Party.
You can register for any of the three cruises:
- 20-mile Luxury Cruise – Hit all the stops before celebrating at the Finish Line Party at Barrel 31. (Ride departs at 11 a.m.)
- 10-mile Island Hop Cruise – Set sail at Barrel 31 and stop at all the ports of call on the way out to Hope Care Center. Then take a bus back to the Finish Line Party. (Ride departs at 11 a.m.)
- 5-mile Play in the Bay Excursion – For those who want to just get their feet wet. You’ll stop at two ports of call before heading back to the Finish Line Party. (Ride departs at noon.)
All three cruise choices are $40, $45 after Aug. 1 and $50 the day of the event.
If you don’t ride, you can still participate at the Finish Line Party. It will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Barrel 31. Admission is $20. (Choose “Beach Bum.”)
The variety of prizes for fundraising range from a limited-edition 2016 AIDS Bicycle Cruise ringer T-shirt for raising $100, all the way up to a bike from Family Bicycles for raising $2,500. See the details at www.abckc.org.
SAVE Inc. Kickball Tournament
SAVE Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with some new events. One of them is a kickball tournament, which will be at 11:30 a.m. at Sunnyside Park, 8255 Summit St., in Waldo. It will be the sport portion of their HomeComing event, and the HomeComing Court candidates will be announced at the tournament. Proceeds will benefit SAVE Inc. To enter, the fee is $15 a person. You can sign up at: https://save.ejoinme.org/kickball
The Kinsey Sicks in ‘Electile Dysfunction’
AIDS WALK Kansas City is bringing in The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet, for one night only at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo. The group, featuring Kansas City’s own Daisy Buckët in the role of Trampolina, has been a huge hit in previous visits to Kansas City. Patron and host tickets with additional benefits and a chance to meet and greet the stars of The Kinsey Sicks are being offered. Reserve your host or patron tickets at www.thekinseysickskc.eventbrite.com. General admission tickets are on sale at http://goo.gl/vQ7ylD.
SAVE Inc. ‘HomeComing 2016: Urban Jungle’
For the last several years, we at Camp have been honored to work with SAVE Inc. on its important mission to serve the housing needs of people living with health and mental health challenges in Kansas City by producing their HomeComing supplement in our November issue. Once again, SAVE Inc. will be hosting a super creative evening that brings longtime supporters and newcomers together for a night of great food and drinks, music, and a wild time. The 8 p.m. event will be held at the beautiful Studio Dan Meiners venue, 2500 West Pennway, in the Crossroads. Featuring live music by Lost Wax, catering by Delish, and decor inspired by the Urban Jungle theme. You can purchase tickets at: https://save.ejoinme.org/tickets