Local Briefs – March 21, 2008

Posted on 20 Mar 2008 at 7:22pm
By Staff Reports

YFT hosts town hall in response to teen’s murder
Advocates for LGBT youth are trying to keep Lawrence King’s memory alive.
Youth First Texas will host a town hall meeting on Monday, March 24 in response to King’s murder. King, a 15-year-old from California, was shot to death by a classmate last month for being gay.

The town hall is an opportunity for organizations and members of the community to come together and fight for the rights and safety of youth, according to a press release.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at Youth First, 5415 Maple Ave., Suite 225.

Cathedral of Hope offers 5 services on Easter, starting with sunrise service
The Cathedral of Hope will hold five Easter services on Sunday, March 23, beginning at 7 a.m. with a contemporary sunrise service. That service will be followed by traditional worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at which Rector and Senior Pastor the Rev. Jo Hudson will preach on the Easter-themed topic "I am Convinced: Christ is Risen."

The church’s Ministerio Latino will hold Spanish-language services at 1 p.m., and the day will conclude with the Sunday evening service, "Vespers: Evening Prayer & Communion," at 6 p.m.

The Cathedral of Hope, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, is located at 5910 Cedar Springs Road. Services are free and open to all.

Turtle Creek Association, Dallas Symphony present Easter in Lee Park
The Turtle Creek Association and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra present their 23rd annual Easter in the Park celebration on Sunday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lee Park.

Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day’s events, usually highlighted by large numbers of colorful costumes and elaborately decorated Easter bonnets.

There will also be food vendor booths available.

The schedule includes the Pooch Parade, which contestants can enter for a $10 fee to compete for Best Dressed Dog, Best Large Dog, Best Little Dog and Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike. The contest is preceded by an SPCA of Texas parade of adoptable dogs.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m.

Stonewall Democrats holding conference call party with Tammy Baldwin
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas will host "An Evening with Tammy Baldwin," a nationwide conference call party with the Wisconsin Democrat who is the first out lesbian to serve in Congress, on Thursday, March 27.

Baldwin will discuss the 2008 presidential race and the status of LGBT equality in America, and offer tips on becoming a national delegate.

The event is being held at the home Stonewall Democrats President Jesse Garcia, 3827 Stockton Lane in Dallas. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Admission is free for Stonewall members are free and $35 for non-members To RSVP, e-mail dallaspartyrsvp@aol.com by March 25.

Equality Texas Foundation, CCGLA, Unitarian Church present film screening

The Equality Texas Foundation, in partnership with the Collin County Gay and Lesbian Alliance and the Community Unitarian Universalist Church, will present a second free screening of Daniel Karslake’s documentary film "For the Bible Tells Me So" on Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 2875 East Parker Road in Plano.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by Community Unitarian senior minister Patrick Price, Grace Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) senior pastor Jan Sullivan, Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church senior minister Dennis Hamilton, and Youth First Texas social services director Bob Ivancic.

The Rev. Colleen Darraugh, senior pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas, will be the moderator.

For more information, call the Community Unitarian at 972-424-8989.

Sylvia Demarest, Honey Labrador set to attend Lambda Legal Women’s Luncheon
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Southwest Regional office will hold its 6th annual Women’s Brunch on Saturday, March 29, and the event will feature "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl" star Honey Labrador and civil rights attorney Sylvia M. Demarest.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at a private home, and admission is a suggested donation of $50.

Demarest, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, has worked in the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship Program in South Texas, litigating education discrimination cases in the Mexican-American community. She also was counsel for the plaintiff in Kos v. Diocese of Dallas, the 1997 case that resulted in what was, at the time, the largest jury verdict settlement in a sexual abuse case against the Catholic church.

Although she may be best known for being part of the team that put a gay sensibility to work in sprucing up the homes, wardrobes and bodies of heterosexual women in the Bravo show "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl," Labrador actually began her career in 1994 as an independent producer. After "Queer Eye" ended its run, she became producer and cohost of "Xcess/Access" and launched her own line of denim, seen on "The L Word."

For more information on the luncheon or to RSVP, call Lambda Legal at 214-219-8585.

Female impersonators gathering for show at Illusions benefiting Legacy
Female impersonator Natasha Versace will be host for "Flower Power," a special show benefiting the Legacy Counseling Center, on Saturday, March 29, at 10:30 p.m. at Illusions, 4100 Maple Ave.

Entertainers participating in the event are Samantha Steele, Sabrina Starr, Jenna Skyy, Lacey Alexander, The Contessa Piranha, Mackenzie Storm, Montana Reed and Tessy. The event is presented by Showcase Productions and flowers will be donated by All Occasions Florist.

AIDS Services of Dallas’ ‘No Tie Dinner’ set for March 29 at Frontiers of Flight

AIDS Services of Dallas’ annual fundraiser, the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, is set for Saturday, March 29, beginning with several dinner parties in private homes around the city at 6 p.m.

The private dinner parties will be followed by a dessert social and silent auction at the Frontiers of Flight Museum near Love Field.

More than 600 people from around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex are expected to attend.

Proceeds from the evening will help fund the programs at AIDS Services, an organization that helps people with AIDS to live independently. Dallas jeweler Joe Pacetti will be honorary chairman of the event. Dennis Kershner is event chairman.

Sponsorships are still available at several levels, and individual participation at private homes and venues throughout the DFW area is encouraged.

For information about sponsorships or donations of items for the silent auction, contact ASD development associate Mary Beth O’Conner by phone at 214-941-8144, ext. 510, or Director of Development Paul Parks at 214-941-0523 or go online to www.notiedinner.org.

‘Flight 404′ gala benefiting Turtle Creek Chorale set for April 4
The Turtle Creek Chorale is promising "an evening of non-stop entertainment" with its 2008 spring gala, "Flight 404," set for Friday, April 4, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

The event, a fundraiser for the primarily gay men’s chorus, will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by Gil’s Elegant Catering and live entertainment, along with silent and live auctions, according to a statement released recently by TCC officials.

Auction items include domestic and international trips, cruises and a ride in a MIG jet.

Event Chair Robert Cole said that given the success of the chorale’s 2007 spring gala, organizers expect the 2008 gala to be "the year’s premier event. … Guests not only get to enjoy great entertainment, but they also have the opportunity to win prizes while supporting the Turtle Creek Chorale.

"Flight 404" begins at 7 p.m. "First class seating" tickets are $125 and include VIP seating, table services, two drink coupons and a VIP gift bag. "Coach" tickets are $50 and include complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available online at www.TurtleCreek.org, and by phone at 214-526-3214.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum is located at 6911 Lemmon Ave., near Dallas Love Field Airport.

16th annual AIDS Walk Tarrant County steps off April 6 at Community Arts Center
The 16th Annual AIDS Walk Tarrant County will be held Sunday, April 6 at the Community Arts Center, located at 1300 Gendy St. in Fort Worth.

Vendors and registration open at 1 p.m. and the walk begins at 2:30 p.m.

Interested individuals can register for the walk and raise funds online at www.first-giving.com/aocwalk. There will be prizes awarded to the three individuals who raise the most money and for the team that raises the most money.

The top two individuals will each receive a trophy and American Airlines travel vouchers, while the individual in third place will receive a trophy.

The top team will receive a trophy, a team party at La Familia Mexican Restaurant and a photo featured in a Fort Worth Weekly "thank you" ad.

Each person participating in the walk also has a chance to be entered into a raffle for two American Airlines travel vouchers. Each person will receive one entry in the raffle for every $200 he or she raises.

For participants to be eligible for prizes and the raffle, they must turn in the money they have raised by 8 p.m. on April 3. AIDS Outreach Center officers will be open until 8 p.m. on April 2 and April 3 to facilitate turning in money. The center is located at 801 W. Cannon St. in Fort Worth.

For more information, call 817-335-1994.

Greenland UMC plans gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions as fundraiser
Greenland Hills United Methodist Church, a progressive church that welcomes all people, will hold its third annual spring gourmet dinner and auction on Saturday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m.

The event will be held under a tent at the church, 5835 Penrose St., in the M Streets area, and will include silent and live auctions, with a professional auctioneer handling the live auction.

Items in the auctions include artwork and ski lessons and everything in between.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling 214-826-2060. Individuals or businesses interesting in donating goods or services for the auctions can call Diane at 214-537-3505.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 21, 2008

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