Community Coffee Social at Maxfield’s1548525600000

Start your weekend off right with a caffeine boost and a friendly chat! Every Saturday morning, members of the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network meet at Maxfield’s House of Caffeine at Dolores and 17th for a coffee social. They’ve extended a warm invite to their Bridgemen brothers to join them!

There’s no set agenda; you may come and go as you please between 10 AM and 12 PM. Some people hangout even longer, and it is not uncommon for people to still be there around 1 PM. The largest group has been 29 people but it is usually between 10-20. The coffees are a great way to be introduced to the group(s), and are great for first-timers. See you there!

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].

Gay Square Dancing with Western Star Dancers1548990000000

This past year, members of Bridgemen and the Elizabeth Taylor 50-Plus Network have been gettin’ their dance on! First came salsa, then came country-western, and now…SQUARE DANCING! We’ll be joining the Western Star Dancers, one of the founding members of the International Association of Gay Square Dance Clubs, for their regular weekly dance at the Harvey Milk Recreation Center in Duboce Park.

New to square dancing? No problem! The complexity of the steps/calls will be scaled to the skill level of the participants. You can learn as you go along. There’s no special attire required; come as you are in comfortable clothes you can move in. You also don’t need to bring a partner as you’ll be dancing in a group of 8. Dance as much or as little as you want. If you need a break, someone else can take your place in the square.

This event is being offered FREE to the Bridgemen and 50-Plus.

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 - “Our Shapes and Colors” by Matthew Lam1549080000000

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. It has always been an important part of Magnet. We are excited to announce that for the month of February we are exhibiting the work of Matthew Lam in his show titled “Our Shapes and Colors.”

Matthew Lam is a painter based in the East Bay. He enjoys painting the human figure and capturing LGBTQ+ experience through his artwork. He wants to put a more light-hearted and positive narrative to what it means to be a young queer person. As a queer person of color, he wants stories like his to be recognized. Inspired by the continual growth of the LGBTQ+ community, he aims to capture the current state of the queer experience. Better representation of queer and trans people is something that he works towards so rather than waiting for it, he wants to create it himself. With revolution at hand, he aims to empower other young queer people to use their voice for the better.

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go until 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 Planning Group Meeting (RM 2-C)1549508400000

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].

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