VOLUNTEER: On Hand for On Lok1553792400000

DISCLOSURE: THIS IS A VOLUNTEER EVENT, NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT.

Founded in 1971, On Lok (Cantonese for “peaceful, happy home”) is a family of community-based, nonprofit organizations whose mission is to enable seniors to maintain a quality of life that lets them live in their communities where they can lead independent, active lives for as long as possible.

This will be our first time partnering with On Lok for a community service event. We will working in the garden of their 30th Street location, doing various maintenance tasks. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Please wear sturdy shoes and sun protection. Please also wear a Bridgemen T-shirt if you have one. If you don’t yet have a Bridgemen T-shirt, please tell Alex your T-shirt size BEFORE NOON, 03/27/19, so that I know to bring one for you. Please note that supply is limited, and your size may no longer be available.

Lunch will be provided for volunteers at a nearby restaurant, compliments of 50-Plus/Bridgemen.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

Bridgemen Planning Group Meeting (Swing Space, 3rd Floor)1554343200000

Would you like to get more involved with Bridgemen on a deeper level? Would you like to help decide what community service projects we do? Is there a nonprofit that’s near and dear to your heart that you’d like to see us work with? If so, we would love to have you join us and hear your input!

The Bridgemen Planning Group is always looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives in helping us select our projects. Come join us for the evening, enjoy some food and share your ideas for projects we can get involved with.

Here are the general guidelines we follow for selecting service projects:

1. Events will be chosen at planning meetings through consensus, and any major concerns or objections from a Planning Group member will prevent a project from moving forward.
2. Every service project must have a designated Project Lead before it can be approved.
3. Bridgemen must always work in teams.
4. All events must allow for a minimum of 15 participants, and events with larger capacities will be prioritized over smaller ones.
5. Bridgemen must not be required to attend training on a different day than the actual event.
6. Bridgemen are not responsible for supplies and will not seek donation of supplies for events. The organization will be responsible for getting supplies.
7. Bridgemen will not register participants into a database for partnering organizations. Individuals are allowed to register with partnering organizations on their own.

Please RSVP so that we can get an accurate head count.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked].

TFTATFW: Lunch + “Tales of the City” Walking Tour1554402600000

For the April TFTATFW (The First Thursday After The First Wednesday) event, the Bridgemen and 50-Plus will be having lunch together and then afterwards will take a member-led walking tour of some San Francisco sites mentioned in Armistead Maupin’s book series “Tales of the City.” This fun and unique event was the brainchild of Bridgemen member Gilles Duterque, who will also lead the tour! If the weather is on our side, it will be a truly magnificent day!

Space will be limited, so RSVP early and only if you’re 100% COMMITTED to attending. Also…PLEASE DO *NOT* RSVP FOR THIS EVENT UNDER *BOTH* BRIDGEMEN AND 50-PLUS!

OUR ITINERARY:
-- We will begin our day with lunch at North Beach Gyros at 701 Union Street, near Washington Square Park in North Beach. We’ll have some tasty Middle Eastern food, compliments of 50-Plus, and then go from there. If the weather’s nice, we can eat across the street in the park. Here’s a link to their menu: https://bit.ly/2Hl4bEG

-- After lunch, we’ll meander our way through Russian Hill, stopping at various locations to hear how they fit into the story. One location will be Swenson’s Ice Cream Store, where members can buy themselves dessert if they like. The walk is about 2 miles, start to finish, and is fairly hilly, involving an elevation gain of about 500 feet. **PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU’RE PHYSICALLY ABLE TO HANDLE THE DISTANCE AND ELEVATION GAIN BEFORE YOU RSVP!!** The tour will conclude at The Buena Vista in Fisherman’s Wharf.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup, by email at [masked] or by cell phone at[masked].

Strut Art Opening – “Castro on Canvas: The Art of Ramon Pablo Vidali”1554519600000

The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of local and international gay or queer artists every month since Magnet was founded in 2003, and has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of April 2019 we are exhibiting the work of Ramon Pablo Vidali in a show titled “Castro on Canvas.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
In 1982 Ramon Vidali, a well-known street artist in San Francisco, visited the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence convent and proposed he paint a portrait of each of the Sisters somewhere in the Castro. In a little over a year he had painted 26 portraits of the Sisters. They first exhibited them at the Stud in 1983.

In 1985 we lost the artist to AIDS. Please join us for a very special Art Opening as we celebrate the late artist’s work, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and their anniversary.

The Art Opening runs 8–10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact our Community Events Organizer Baruch Porras Hernandez at [masked].

Bridgemen/50-Plus Monthly Meetup at Jolene’s1554944400000

Interested in learning more about the Bridgemen and/or the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network? We will be having our regular joint Monthly Meetup of the 2 groups on April 10 at Jolene’s in the Mission. This is your chance to meet new and returning members from both groups. Please join us for some tasty food and camaraderie!

Opened just last December, Jolene’s is a new queer nightlife venue in the Mission. It has a bar and a kitchen with a variety of food offerings. “Every single day, queer people go through something in their day-to-day lives that makes them feel uncomfortable,” write the owners on their website. “When you walk into our doors you will be safe with us. We understand what you are going through and we accept you. Here, you will be at home.” At a time when so many queer-owned businesses are closing, it’s great to be able to support a new one!

PLEASE NOTE:
1) As we will be ordering food for the group beforehand and need a reliable headcount, PLEASE REMEMBER TO RSVP WELL IN ADVANCE.
2) Please inform us ASAP of any food/dietary restrictions you may have (i.e., allergies, sensitivities, special diets, etc.).
3) The event is listed on the Meetup pages for both groups. PLEASE DO NOT RSVP WITH BOTH BRIDGEMEN AND 50-PLUS.
4) Jolene’s is wheelchair-accessible.
5) Jolene’s is located 3 blocks east of the Mission/16th Street BART station and is conveniently accessible by Muni bus lines #22, #33 and #12.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Bridgemen Coordinator Alex Ray here on Meetup or by email at [masked]. See you there!

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