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Southern Arizona Senior Pride
NEWS
Oct-Nov 2019

A Matter of Balance – Learn How to Prevent Falls!

Older adults concerned about falling restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an empowering program that teaches valuable fall prevention strategies.

Eight 2-hour classes, twice a week for 4 weeks
Mondays and Wednesdays
OCT 21, 23, 28, 30
NOV 4, 6, 11, 13
1–3pm

$20 per person / $30 per couple
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
2902 N. Geronimo, Tucson, AZ 85705

SIGN UP FOR A MATTER OF BALANCE TODAY!
Class size is limited to 15 participants.
Pre-registration is required.
Call the PCOA Health Promotion Program at (520) 305-3410.
»See flyer with map

Co-Sponsored with Southern Arizona Senior Pride

Tuesdays, Oct 15 - Dec 17, 2019

STAY GOLD: AN INTERGENERATIONAL ARTS PROGRAM AT MOCA

MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, is offering a 10-week intergenerational arts program that invites LGBTQIA+ individuals age 13-99 into the museum space to connect and create through current themes explored in contemporary art. Stay Gold is aimed at creating an equitable and inclusive environment that fosters deeper connections within the LGBTQIA+ community by bringing youth, seniors, and ages in-between, together to make art. No previous art experience necessary. FREE. MOCA Tucson provides art supplies and snacks.

TUE, OCT 15 – DEC 17
5:30-7:30pm
NEXT: TUE, OCT 22
PARTICIPANTS MAY JOIN AT ANY TIME THROUGH DEC 17. Just EMAIL to let MOCA know you are planning to come.
MOCA Tucson

265 S Church Ave
MOCA Tucson provides public transportation passes.
Free parking across from museum after 5pm.
»more info and to register
Questions? Contact Eli Burke with questions at 520-624-5019 or email

September-November 2019

Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition presents free workshops!

Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and deaths among Arizona citizens 65 and older. Between September and November, the Southern Chapter of the Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition is presenting a series of FREE workshops to help you stay upright!

»Stay Independent, Learn More about Fall Prevention (great flyer)

NEXT: OCT 24, 9-11:30am
Tucson Estates
Multipurpose Hall
5900 W. Western Way
Tucson

»ALL DATES/LOCATIONS

Oct-Nov 2019

Trans Poet Laureate TC Tolbert Offers Poetry Workshops

Learn from TC Tolbert in a series of trans, non-binary, and queer+ poetry workshops at three Pima County Public Libraries. Workshop participants will be introduced to a range of TNBQ+ poetry being published nationally and internationally and will receive support in writing and sharing their own poems. Each participant will receive a free book of TNBQ+ poetry of their choice. FREE and no poetry experience required. All ages welcome! »MORE

SAT OCT 19, 2-4pm
Woods Memorial Library

SAT OCT 26, 2-4pm
Sam Lena-South Tucson Library

SAT NOV 2, 2-4pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library

December 9, 1948 - September 14, 2019

Curt Stubbs

You knew him even before you knew him: Hawaiian shirt, long shimmering silver goatee, curling mustache, round proud straw hat – Curt Stubbs exemplified the best this desert town offers – didn’t he call Tucson the Baked Apple? – generosity and sass. We agreed at his recent memorial reading – he wasn’t just kind, kindness is easy enough – he was more himself than that – a planner – Words of Wisdom: Poetry by LGBTQI Elders was his signature yearly event – how grateful I was to be there with my ears and my heart… »more

October 2019

UA Study Needs LGBT+ Adults 50+

The University of Arizona Department of Communications announces a research study aiming to understand how LGBT+ adults aged 50 and older have communicated their identity in the past and how they continue to communicate that identity into the present. Those interested in participating in this study can indicate interest by email or by phone: 520-621-5819.

October 5, 2019

Brilliant Poetry from the Elders

The fifth annual Senior Pride Words of Wisdom event on October 5, 2019 at the Thornhill-Lopez Center on Fourth was well attended, and featured moving tributes to organizer Curt Stubbs, as well as brilliant poems about a diverse range of topics.

Photo credit: James Richardson

September 19, 2019

LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

On September 19, 2019, the LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund celebrated 20 years of connecting donors with projects that benefit the LGBTQ+ community in southern Arizona. Since its inception, the Alliance Fund has awarded 182 grants (totaling $873,397) to more than 65 nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in our community. The ceremony honored our local community, grant recipients and donors. The Doug Noffsinger Ally award honored Barb Smith. Grantees included Senior Pride. »See complete list of current grantees

Photo (left to right): Kent Burbank, Gretchen Field, Joyce Bolinger, Lavina Tomer, Lee Crosby

September 28, 2019

Senior Pride Marches Again!

Senior Pride marched with Tucson’s LGBTQ+ community in the Tuccson Pride Parade on September 28. Senior Pride volunteers distributed candy and information at the festival in Reid Park. Congratulations to Tucson Pride for a successful 42nd annual parade and festival!

Photo credit: James Richardson

Senior Pride Support Groups

Our LBTQ WOMEN’S GRIEF GROUP is a weekly drop-in support group for Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer women 18 years of age and older who are looking for an accepting space in which to share loss. This facilitated, peer support group usually meets every Thursday, 1:30-3pm, EXCEPT July. »NEXT MEETING & MORE INFO

ELDER CIRCLES: THE WISDOM JOURNEY FOR LGBTQI ELDERS are facilitated discussion groups that meet the 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-2:30pm, to discuss relevant topics and share stories. Each Elder Circle focuses on one of four components: life review, life repair, what is my contribution, and mentoring. Facilitator is trained and culturally responsive. »NEXT MEETING & MORE INFO

November 12, 2019

Senior Pride Speakers Series

Our series is open to everyone and always features interesting speakers, opportunities for networking and Senior Pride updates.

2nd Tuesday of each month (except August), 2-3:30pm
Himmel Park Library

1035 N Treat Ave (off Speedway)

NEXT: NOV 12, 2-3:30pm

Abby Jensen, legal director of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and attorney with the Pima County Public Defender
US SUPREME COURT: Equality Now or Turning the Clock Back?
»MORE

November 20, 2019

Senior Pride Book Club

The Senior Pride Book Club meets 3rd Wednesday of every month to enjoy companionship and engage in lively discussion of a wide variety of books! Our group is diverse and welcomes all who share our interest in reading books and talking about them.
NEXT: WED, NOV 20, 2-3:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship Social Hall
2902 N Geronimo and Laguna
The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

»FULL INFO

December 6, 7, 8, 2019

Reveille Men’s Chorus 2019 Holiday Show

December 6, 7:30pm
December 7, 2pm and 7:30pm
December 8, 2pm

Leo Rich Theater
260 S Church Ave

Tickets: $20 General (call for info about “Youth” tickets)
»Purchase tickets online
More info:
520-304-1758

Reveille Men’s Chorus promotes acceptance of LGBTQI individuals in a larger context through music and the talents of its members.

December 14, 15, 2019

Desert Voices Chorus December Concert

Season’s Greetings: Return to Sender
December 14 at 7pm
December 15 at 3pm
Tucson Jewish Community Center

3800 E River Rd
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
More info: 520-791-9662, website
Fostering Community Through Song

Next Volunteer Orientation: January 19, 2020

Senior Pride Program Reaches Out to Isolated LGBTQ Elders

Are you LGBTQ, 55+, homebound or isolated? Are you disabled of any age? Senior Pride’s Community Cares Program reaches out to people in our community by providing trained volunteers who will visit once a week to play cards, read aloud, write letters or call once a week for a phone visit. Volunteers can also provide information on LGBTQI services and resources. There is no charge for this service. Contact us at 520-351-2724 or email. Referrals are welcome and encouraged!

Be a Community Cares Volunteer!

NEXT COMMUNITY CARES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
SUN, JAN 19, 2020
2-4:30pm
Cornerstone Fellowship-Social Hall

2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna)
Requirements for volunteers:
Application, volunteer training, background check, ongoing monthly meetings and one year commitment preferred
More info: call 520-351-2724 or email

Next Volunteer Orientation: January 4, 2020

Be a Senior Pride Volunteer!

Fantastic opportunities!
Glamour!
Excitement!
Rewards!!

Become a volunteer with the only organization in Southern Arizona run by and for LGBTQI+ seniors!

Next Senior Pride Volunteer Orientation

SAT, JAN 4, 2020
1-3pm
Cornerstone Fellowship-Social Hall

2902 N. Geronimo (and Laguna)
July 2019

Karin Uhlich is New Chair of LGBTQ+ Alliance Fund Board

The Alliance Fund was created in 1999 by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in partnership with the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ+) Alliance Fund connects donors with projects that benefit the LGBTQ community in Southern Arizona, through annual competitive grant rounds.

Karin Uhlich moved to Tucson in 1993 to serve as the CEO of the Primavera Foundation, a nonprofit organization addressing poverty and homelessness. With others, she worked 20 years ago to start the Alliance Fund. She served on the Tucson City Council from 2005-2017 and as Vice-Mayor of Tucson for two years. Currently, Karin serves people on Medicaid as the Senior Director of the System of Care for Arizona Complete Health.

September 26 - November 21, 2019

Workshop: Unpack Your Story through Visual Art and Storytelling

MOCA Tucson invites members of our 55+ community to explore personal histories through visual art and storytelling. Following the example of contemporary artist Mohamad Hafez, suitcases are used to create and share meaningful narratives. Participants choose a suitcase provided by facilitators to create scenes from their lives. Activities also include interviews and creative writing. Class culminates in a showcase where participants narrate their stories, with suitcase as center piece. We are also collaborating with local radio station, KXCi, to share participant stories. Facilitators: Dante Celeiro, Kendall Crabbe and Eli Burke.

THU, SEP 26 thru NOV 21
10am – 12pm
Armory Park Senior Center

220 South 5th Avenue
FREE. MOCA Tucson will also provide art supplies and public transportation passes.
Questions? Contact Eli Burke by email or phone: 520-624-5019
»Register
»More info

This program is generously supported by the Aroha Philanthropies.

July 2019

PCOA Creates LGBTQ Community Liaison

Sarah Bahnson
Sarah Bahnson. Photo by James Richardson

Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) has created a new position to continue to strengthen its support of LGBTQ aging communities. Sarah Bahnson has been named to the new position of LGBTQ Community Liaison. The position’s primary responsibility will be to deliver an award-winning training, Project Visibility, to care service providers to help them better serve aging LGBTQ people. It is important for LGBTQ people to receive services that are welcoming, relevant and safe; Sarah will be available for technical support and provide follow up evaluations for facilities that receive the training.
»Read full post

September 2019

Apartment Community for Seniors 62+ in the Heart of Tucson

The Marist on Cathedral Square, an apartment community for seniors 62+ years old located in the heart of Tucson, is now leasing. BRAND NEW • affordable living • up to 875 square feet • major utilities included • membership to Armory Senior Center • near trolley stop • High-Speed Internet
More info: (520) 231-1121 or email

Gay Pride Meets Yarn

Love knitting, crocheting, weaving or other fiber art? Birdhouse Yarns offers a variety of yarns and can help you choose a pattern and/or color combo to help you create your masterpiece. The Ysolda Teague fingerless “Joy” mitten is a beautiful design featuring a rainbow intarsia flag at the cuff, with flag colors worked throughout in simple stranded color work. When you purchase the Joy pattern, Birdhouse Yarns will donate 10% of proceeds to Southern Arizona Senior Pride and the EON lounge that supports LGBTQIA+ youth.

Visit Birdhouse Yarns on 2540 E 6th Street in Tucson, AZ, open seven days a week, or shop at the Birdhouse Yarns online store today!