We are going to keep talking about Our Center, because there is so much that it does and provides for the LGBTQ community. They post daily on their Facebook page about all the programs and events they run 5 to 6 days a week.
Our Center has been in existence as an organization since 2009. Before they had a brick and mortar location, they were hosting programs for the LGBTQ community. Programs create the fellowship that make up the heart of the Our Center community.
Our Center’s primary focus for programming are youth, senior and transgender folks. After talking to Stacey Spain, the first and only person on the Our Center payroll and just hired in December 2021, I picked up that she also has a desire to really engage LGBTQ families in Northern Nevada.
Stacey also told me of her many plans to start health-based programs like HIV testing and clincs. She wants to bring some programs out into the community, like attending plays on the town. She wants to make sure to have programs that involve all groups, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
Our Center provides services and resources to homeless youth and others in need. They have a small food pantry and sleeping bags if needed. They also refer those in need to other social services in Northern Nevada.
Stacey handed me the list of events that are happening in March 2022. Strap in, because you are about to get the full-month social calendar.
First Tuesday of every month (March 1) 6-8pm – We Are Family Movie and Game Night for parents who are LGBTQ and their children
First Wednesday of every month (March 2) 6pm – Our Center Board Meeting (open to all)
Weekly on Wednesdays (March 2 and thereafter) —
- 2-3pm – Senior coffee time
- 2-4pm – Social services assistance
- 6:30-7:30 – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting
First Thursday of every month (March 3) 6-7:30pm – Silver Dollar Court
Weekly on Thursdays (March 3 and thereafter) —
- 5-6pm – Transgender Youth Support Group (call 775-600-4467 @Hillary or Sam for approval before attending)
- 6-7:30 – Girl Scout Troop 258 – ages 5-18 (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join group)
First Friday of every month (March 4) 7-9pm – Queer Karaoke
Weekly on Fridays (March 4 and thereafter) —
- 2-4pm – Social services assistance
- 7-8pm – Narcotics Anonymous meeting
Weekly on Saturdays (March 5 and thereafter) 10:15am-12:30pm – Womens’ Al-Anon
Sundays – Closed
Mondays – Our Center only open by appointment
Second Tuesday of every month (March 8) 6-7pm – Asexual support and fellowship group
Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month (March 8 & 22) 6-7pm – Gay/Straight Alliance Consortium
Second Fridays (March 11) 3-5pm – Movie Night
Second and Fourth Saturdays of every month (March 12 & 26) 11am-1pm – Knitting Group
Third Tuesdays of every month (March 15) —
- 5:30-6:30pm – Northern Nevada Democratic Socialists of America
- 6-8pm – Cards Against Humanity game night
Third Wednesday of every month (March 16) 6-8pm – Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society Board Meeting
Third Thursdays of every month (March 17) 6-7:30pm – Transparenting – Parents/caregivers/supporters of transgender and gender variant youth
Friday, March 18 – Outing to Reno Little Theater to see “Bull in a China Shop”
Third Fridays of every month (March 18) —
- 3-6pm – BINGO
- 6-6:30 – Out and About Seniors Group
Monday, March 21, 6pm – Volunteer Meeting
Tuesday, March 22 —
- 6-7:30pm – LGBTQ Veterans Peer Support (Nevada Department of Veterans)
- 7-8pm – Gay Prom Planning
Fourth Thursday of every month (March 24) 6-7:30pm – PFLAG
My call to action today is to ask you to plan to attend at least one event this month to support and grow the Our Center community. Maybe I’ll see you there!