Out Astoria in December!

Hey there everyone!

Happy *whateveritisyoucelebrate* Season!

First,  just a quick note to remind all of our Sponsor Members that the nominations for our 2013 Steering Committee Election are now open.  All active Out Astoria Sponsor Members are eligible to run for the five (5) open seats on the committee.  Simply email elections@outastoria.com to nominate yourself or another member (or if you have any questions at all about the process or requirements).  You can also find more information about the elections here.  We’ll be accepting nominees through 5:00 PM on January 3rd.  Only active Out Astoria Sponsor Members will be allowed to vote in the election.

Next, we have a few more events happening before we close the books on 2012:

FRI – DEC 7– OUT ASTORIA HOLIDAY PARTY 2012 – 8PM – FREE

Time Café –44-18 Broadway, Astoria, NY  11103

Our annual holiday party/mixer…come make the yuletide gay!  A time to celebrate the year that was and the holiday season with your favorite neighborhood Gaystorians.

We’ll be at Time Café with the following drink specials:

8PM-9:30PM – 2 for 1 drinks (no top shelf)

For the rest of the night: $4 shots

All are welcome!  If you have a few friends that have never come out to one of our mixers before, this is one to take them to – there’s always a big turnout for the last mixer of the year!

Also coming up this month:

FRI-DEC 21 – TOYS FOR THE ALI FORNEY CENTER ASTORIA – 8PM

Veronica’sBar – 34-04 36th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106

Okay so it’s not really “toys” we’re looking for – we’ll actually be collecting item donations for the Ali Forney Emergency Shelter in Astoria.  We’re asking everyone to bring an item or two from the list of requested items from the shelter.  You can find that list here.  It’s the usual list of requests – Personal Grooming items, Pantry (dry/canned goods), Clothing (new/gently used – see list for specifics), and Household items that the shelter can always use.

Veronica’s Bar is giving us the usual cheap drink specials to help get you all out and in the mood for giving!  $4 well vodka drinks and the notorious $4 PBR with a shot of your choice!

If you don’t have time to go shopping before the event, we will also be taking cash/CC/Check donations at the door too –checks should be made out to Out Astoria, Inc.

Now a few other upcoming things of note:

The Out Astoria Running group meets every Sunday at 11:00 AM at the water fountain at the Astoria Park track – you can check their status on their Facebook Group here.

Out Astoria is being honored at the Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee 2013 Winter Pride Dinner Dance on Saturday, January 26 from 7:00 PM to Midnight – Tickets are $85 and include hors d’oeuvres, dinner and open bar!  Out Astoria is hosting a table there – so if you’d like to sit with us, contact me directly.  Half our table is already booked!  Also – if you are interested in placing an ad in the Winter Pride Journal you can email me and I’ll send you the rates/form.

The Out Astoria Book Club will meet again on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30 PM and we’ll be discussing David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas – perhaps after the discussion over wine and cheese we’ll arrange a screening of the film adaptation (if it’s out on DVD by then).  The location of the Out Astoria Book Club is secret and only open to Sponsor/Affiliate Out Astoria Members.  You can sign up here or email Jason Olsen if you have a question about your membership status.

See you all Friday night!

–Jonathan

President

Out Astoria, Inc

Out Astoria July 22 Fundraising Mixer for Astoria’s AFC!

Join us on Friday, July 22, for Out Astoria’s July mixer and second annual AFC shelter fundraiser at Mix, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Admission to this month’s mixer  is $10 for Out Astoria Members and $15 for nonmembers. The price of admission includes an open bar from 8:00 to 9:00 on well drinks and beer. All proceeds from this mixer will go to the Ali Forney Center’s emergency shelter in Astoria for homeless LGBT youth. This shelter has operated in Astoria for almost two years now, providing a safe, home-like environment for 15 young people who are in the process of getting their lives back together after living on the street. Most of AFC’s clients wound up homeless when rejected by their families for being gay.

Out Astoria has developed a special relationship with the shelter over the past year and a half, especially as part of our effort to give back to our community. Our members raised over $800 for the shelter at last summer’s mixer/fundraiser; many Out Astoria members also volunteer at the shelter; and all the drivers who pick up weekly food donations to the shelter from Astoria CSA are Out Astoria members.

We will also accept donations of food, clothing, and personal grooming items at the front door of the mixer. Go to our website to view a list of items that the shelter accepts for donation.

We will also celebrate the fifth anniversary of the name Out Astoria. Originally begun in early 2006 as the Astoria gay dinner group, by July 2006 we had grown into and adopted the name of Out Astoria.

If you are unable to attend this mixer, but still wish to make a donation of items or learn how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Out Astoria President, Brent Gallenberger.  If you wish to make a donation directly to the Ali Forney Center, click here.