Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

News in Brief: Crab feed to benefit PWAs


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AIDS Project of the East Bay holds its third annual crab feed tonight (Thursday, October 20) from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Holy Redeemer Event Center, 8945 Golf Links Road in Oakland.

The benefit features all-you-can-eat crab, garlic noodles, salad, and bread. There will be a beverage and dessert bar. There will be a raffle for prizes, including a flat screen TV, live entertainment, and more. Tickets are $45 in advance (online at or $50 at the door.

LGBT school forums announced

Our Family Coalition has announced a series of LGBTQ inclusive elementary school forums, with the first scheduled for tonight (Thursday, October 20) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at John Gill elementary, 555 Del Ora Avenue in Redwood City.

At the forums, topics will include discovering inclusive curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade classes; learning about the recently signed Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act (SB 48) that goes into effect in January; starting a parent leadership circle; and resources and children's literature to spark dialogue.

Similar forums are planned for San Francisco on November 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Marshall Elementary, 1575 15th Street; and Oakland on November 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Peralta Elementary, 460 63rd Street.

Organizers are asking for a $5 donation that includes dinner, childcare, and a raffle at the forums. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To register, visit

Harvest Market craft fair at LGBT center

The San Francisco LGBT Community Center will be holding a Harvest Market craft fair Saturday, October 22 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Organizers said it will be a family-friendly event where artists will be selling their work, teaching their craft, and connecting with the artistic and LGBT communities. The center will receive proceeds from the event.

Vendors scheduled to participate include Red Shoes Photography, Velvet Otterhound, Steam Powell Industries, Petal Pictures, Dragon Fly Designs, Christina Westbrook Designs, Lumen Rose, and Corinne Parker Crafts.

The craft fair is free to attend; the center is located at 1800 Market Street. For more information, visit

SunDayz beer busts to heat up SOMA

The South of Market beer bust known as SunDayz makes its return Sunday, October 23 and the weekly events promise a fun-filled afternoon while helping out local nonprofits.

The party takes place at BeatBox, 314 11th Street from 3 to 7 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes a booze bust and an afternoon tea dance with finalists from the city's Next Top DJ contest: Russ Rich, Byron Bonsall, Brian Miller, Christopher B, and Kevin Lee. A portion of all funds raised will be split evenly between four nonprofits. Folsom Street Events, AIDS Emergency Fund, Project Open Hand, and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus were selected by the SunDayz team and will receive funds for the next three months.

"We're not just donating a portion of proceeds from the cover charge," said Paul Saccone, BeatBox co-owner. "We're donating a portion of all door and beverage sales as well as any sponsorship dollars that we successfully solicit."

P. Tyrone Smith, president of Past Curfew Inc., an event solutions company, and who has done work with AEF, said it's long been a goal of his to create an afternoon tea dance.

For more information, visit or check out the Facebook page.

Halloween pet costume contest

Get out those bat wings for Fluffy and head down to the Argonaut Hotel on Sunday, October 30 for the fifth annual Howl-o-ween yappy hour and pet costume contest, benefiting the San Francisco SPCA.

The Argonaut, a Kimpton Hotels property, is located at 495 Jefferson Street (at Hyde). The party takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., with the pet costume contest at 3:30. Prizes will be given for best in show (most original), most likely to make you howl (funniest), most likely to make your fur stand on end (scariest) and dynamic duo (dog and their human). All dogs must be on leashes and friendly toward other dogs, children, and people of all ages.

A VIP party starts off the afternoon at 2:30 for a $15 suggested donation. A $5 suggested donation is requested for general admission. Kimpton will match all donations up to $1,000. To RSVP, contact by October 28. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, visit and click on "Events."

Tenderloin Tessie needs help

Tenderloin Tessie, the nonprofit that puts on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners for those in need, needs the community's help. Michael Gagne, the president and volunteer coordinator, sent out an email this week requesting people to volunteer to cook turkeys for its upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.

"Up until this year, we had a hotel who cooked them for us as a tax write-off. This year, we do not have anyone to cook them for us, so that is where you come in," Gagne said.

Gagne suggested people might have friends who work for a business with a large kitchen and multiple ovens where volunteers could go and cook the turkeys. Tenderloin Tessie will provide the turkeys, pans, buttery spread, and spices.

"We will also have someone pick them up on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 23," he said.

Other arrangements are also possible, he noted, as long as the birds are cooked in time for the meal.

Those who can help are asked to call Gagne at (415) 584-3252.

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