SAGE Utah Newsletter for February 2020


IF YOU ARE CRAZY FOR COFFEE, CRAVE YOUR CAFFEINE AND ARE CRANKY WITHOUT A CAPPUCCINO, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN “BREWED UP” JUST FOR YOU!

JOIN US FOR
“COFFEE WITH CONNOR”
MARCH 1, 2020 10:30 – 12:00 AT UTAH PRIDE CENTER
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The consumption of coffee is an everyday part of countless cultures; in fact, It is often estimated that a billion cups are consumed a day. We seek it out for its stimulating effect each morning, or to recharge in the afternoon. However, how much do you really know about the dark elixir of energy? Have you ever thought about the work that goes into your daily cup of joe? Or, how it is harvested, processed, shipped, and the numerous ways it can be prepared?

Join us for an overview of this highly consumed, yet often overlooked beverage. We will talk about and demonstrate different methods of brewing and then partake of this magical potion.  To sweeten the deal, brunch will be served to compliment your coffee experience.

If you would like to join us, please email shift@utahpridecenter.org with the number of people in your party so we can plan accordingly.

A LOOK AT THE TRANSFORMATION EVENT

This event was a partnership between SAGE, Transaction and Project Rainbow.  It was the first event of its kind at the Pride Center.  117 people attended including participants, vendors, allies, community partners and amazing volunteers.

This event was designed to give people a day to be their authentic self.  We had clothing stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, barbers, nail artists, voice coaches and improv coaches.  Folks chose new clothing, did makeovers including hair cuts, styles or even wigs, worked with the voice and improv coaches and finished the day on the cat-walk where perhaps for the first time ever, they were able to present the most authentic version of themselves.  It was positive, supportive and dedicated to folks being comfortable in their own skin.

People laughed, people cried, people found their voice, people made friends and people felt empowered  Participants ranged in ages from 18 into their mid-70’s.  Friendships were formed across the generations, advice was shared and lives were changed that day.  People were confident, happy, loving and most of all, they were real.

Thank you to all who participated.  Thank you to the SAGE team for getting community partners, thank you to everyone who donated through our beauty drive, thank you to our volunteers, thank you to Project Rainbow for providing the clothes and shoes, thank you to everyone who came out to support, volunteer or participate.  Here are just a few of our pictures.
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TRANSFORMATION – NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO LIVE THAT IS AFFORDABLE, LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY AND BUILT FOR SENIORS?  CHECK OUT THE DETAILS OF FRIENDSHIP MANOR BELOW.

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Salt Lake’s Premiere Retirement Community
1 Bedrooms available at $1353/mo and 2 Bedrooms available at $1468/mo  (includes all utilities & 1 meal a day (mandatory)) • Utilities Included • Full Service Dining • Computer Center • Library, Theater Room, Game Room • Exercise Facilities • Grocery Store & Hair Salon • Professional & friendly staff

Call Wendy now for more information! 801-582-3100 1320 E. 500 S. SLC, UT 84102 801-582-3100 Fax: 801-583-0412, TTY: 711 www.friendship-manor.com

Kim Pederson, SAGE Leadership Team is the President of the tenant association.  Wendy and Kim are happy to personally answer any questions you have.

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NEW SAGE SATELLITE
BEGINNING IN OGDEN!

We are excited to announce that we are soon launching our third SAGE Satellite location.  Our kick off event will be held on March 8, 2020 and details will follow soon.  Watch for a Facebook announcement and more in the March newsletter.

Welcome Larry Quinn and Juanita Ott to SAGE Leadership and thank you both for being willing to get us moving in the right direction in yet another new location!

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NORTHWEST COUNTIES POT LUCK

This potluck will be hosted on March 1, 2020 at 1782 W. Alps Way, Salt Lake City, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  The March event will be hosted by Jahn Curran and Kevin Scott.  Thank you both for your willingness to make this event happen!

This group is going to be held on the first Sunday of each month and is going to be moving to the Utah Pride Center in April.  We are so excited to welcome this group to our SAGE family of ongoing programming and events.  This is a long standing group in the community and we can’t wait for them to have a permanent home at the Pride Center.

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PET LOSS GRIEF SUPPORT

Are you trying to deal with the loss of your beloved pet?  Do you struggle to talk about your pet and what they meant to you?  Have you ever had the opportunity to unpack why the loss of your pet has affected you so deeply?

Our animals become a huge part of our family. They become our confidants. They become our non-judgemental constant companions. They have the same unconditional love for us that many parents feel for their children and vice versa. When they pass away, it is devastating and heart wrenching and sometimes that grief remains, long after the animal is gone.

There is a lot of care taking that happens in our animal loss grief support group.  There is space being held for each person’s experience and the grief that we are feeling is honored; our feelings embraced. Everyone is welcome at this group. We are a very inclusive and your feelings are important.  We invite you to meet with our shaman, our animal communicator, our professional grief counselor, Ira N. Kaufman.

The group is held on the 4th Sunday of each month at 2:00. On February 23 we will be discussing “Older Adults and the Loss of Your Companion Animal.”  There will be many different topics covered in the months to come.  If you have something in particular that you struggle with, please feel free to bring it up with Ira.

This is the only grief group held in Utah for pet support and we would love for you to be a part of it.  If this applies to someone you know, please invite them and come with them as a show of support.  This group can be life changing as you explore your grief.

Blessings for all of you and the pets you’ve lost – dogs, cats, birds, iguanas, horse or whatever animal(s) stole your heart.

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Often bi-sexual people report that they do not come out as “bi” because of the stigma around it.  That stigma has been reduced some, but many people still find support and understanding sometimes difficult to find.  SAGE has a group for anyone who is 40+ and identifies as bi or pan sexual.  We meet at the Utah Pride Center on the 1st Thursday each month at 6:00 PM.  Join us for interesting discussions, support and new friends.
Here are some articles you may find interesting on bi-sexuality.  Come prepared to discuss!

https://latgou.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/Stress%20and%20Minority%20Stress.pdf

https://www.hrc.org/resources/bisexual