Author: Jeromy Manke

OutWest Film Fest


Join us for the 2017 OutWest Film Fest!

Kickoff September 21st in South Lake Tahoe

Film Blocks on September 23rd and 24th in Reno

Only $10 ticket for each block or
$25 pass to see all three blocks of films!

www.OutWestFilmFest.org

We are proud to present this years OutWest Film Fest taking place September 23rd and 24th at Bruka Theatre located at 99 N. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501, with a Short Film event kick-off in South Lake Tahoe on September 21st at the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre.

This year features two different themed screenings on Saturday (at 4 pm and 7 pm) along with a Best of International Short Film presentation on Sunday, the 24th accompanied by MIMOSAS!

Both days will feature some of the best of this year’s LGBTQ short films (comedies, dramas, and documentaries) in a fun-filled atmosphere at Reno’s Bruka Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for each section or $25 for a pass to all three and are available online.  You can click here for tickets or use the link on the outwestfilmfest.org website.  If there is still availability, tickets will also be sold at the door of each session including the Tahoe Kick Off.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Reno Screenings:
Bruka Theatre
99 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 8950
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Sept.  23rd | 4:00pm – 6:00pm | Bruka Theatre
The Talk – Tales of Coming Out To Family And Friends

This selection of short films highlight the joys and fears of coming out to family and friends. From unexpected acceptance to fear of losing family and friends including the comedy “Checkmate.”

Sept. 23 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Bruka Theatre
The LOVE Block – Dating, Falling In Love And Yes – Marriage!

Celebrating the quest for romance, falling in love, and tying the knot, our evening block of films will have you laughing, crying, and falling in love with the wonderful storytellers in this section.

Films include the madcap and heartfelt comedy “The Marriage” and other great love stories!

To get your date night started, the Bruka Theatre will be selling cocktails and there will be appetizers. Get your tickets early as our block of love is sure to sell out before the 23rd.

Sept. 24 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm | Bruka Theatre
We Are One – Best Films From Around The Globe

Our final day of the festival, we hilight the best of LGBTQ short films from the U.S. and across the world.  The wide variety of films includes the short film “Versatile” which features two actors from the “Open Relationship” which screened at the 2015 festival and the exquisitely filmed story of young love “Queen’s Mile.”

We will toast this final showing of the best of 2017 short films and with mimosas and international snacks. Following the “We Are One” screening, awards will be announced as selected by the audience and our jury and a final toast of mimosas to celebrate our LGBTQ community.

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Sept. 21 | 6:00pm – 8:20pm | Duke Theatre, Lake Tahoe Community College
South Lake Tahoe Short Film Kick-off

The Duke Theater will host the first OutWest event with a kick-off of short films that serve to educate and entertain. The event begins at 6pm with a 50 minute Youth/Educational “Coming Out” block and after a short intermission resumes at 7:20m with “Living Proud,” a block of films directed more toward an adult audience. (A portion of ticket sales for the September 21st event will be donated to the LTCC Foundation earmarked for the Tahoe Pride Equality Scholarship, est. 2013.)

Tickets for this portion are $10 – discounted to $7 for students – and can also be purchased online by clicking here and by using the link on the OutWestFilmFest.org website.

August’s 3 Degrees hosted by Surratt Law Practice!

Join us for August’s 3 Degrees!

Travis Clark, Esq. hosts August’s mixer at Surratt Law Practice,
3705 Lakeside Drive,
on August 17th from 5:30 to 7pm!

There will, of course, be some light refreshments and some great conversation!

Remember to bring your business cards, elevator pitch, and networking mindset! Even better – bring a friend who has never been to one of our meetings! You don’t need to be a business owner or in sales to attend.

See you there!

Pride Night with the Reno Ace’s

 

Greater Nevada Field and the Reno Aces, in conjunction with OUR Center, will host the first ever Pride Night at Greater Nevada Field on August 17th, 2017. OUR Center was launched on May 29, 2009, the same year the Reno Aces played their inaugural season, to establish and maintain a safe, empowering, and supportive center in Northern Nevada that addresses advocacy, education and services.

“Reno has long been a city that embraces its diversity,” said Eric Edelstein, President of the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 FC. “We are so pleased to have the chance at creating this opportunity and officially celebrate Reno’s LGBT community and its allies, and we are looking forward to a fun night at Greater Nevada Field.”

The Reno Aces will become the third Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League to host a Pride Night –The night of August 17, when The Aces take on the Sacramento River Cats at Greater Nevada Field. The game is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Aces join Triple-A teams in Sacramento and El Paso in being inclusive and showing the sports community is an ally of the LGBT+ community. A special web page, http://bit.Ly/acespridenight is available to purchase tickets for the event. Tickets for the game are left field reserve at $14 each. A Victory Voucher can also be purchased for $7 which includes the choice of hot dog or BBQ sandwich, a bag of chips and a soda. Pride Night t-shirts are available for purchase at the Team Shop and online at http://bit.ly/2sHURzF.

“Community members and volunteers are very excited about attending Pride Night at Greater Nevada Field,” Jeromy, president of OUR Center said. “There is great enthusiasm surrounding this new venture, and we are all looking forward to promoting an inclusive atmosphere.”

For more information on Aces Pride Night, please contact Alex Strathearn at astrathearn@renoaces.com or (775) 334-7060. The Aces will return home to Greater Nevada Field on Thursday, July 13th and take on the El Paso Chihuahuas. Tickets are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.

Nevada’s Big Give is Here!

TODAY is Nevada’s Big Give!

Our Center is for Our Community,
and every dollar makes a difference!

Nevada’s annual Big Give event is today! Nevadans will come together for 24 hours of online giving. You will have the opportunity to give where you live on one central website. Come out to support OUR Center and programming with a secure, online donation, for as little as $10.

Your donations will not only help our efforts, but will give us the chance to win additional funding by either garnering the highest number of donations or the highest amount of donations.

We’ve had over 5,000 visitors to Our Center since opening in April 2016!
Help us reach our next landmark of 20 new or recurring donors, as we approach our one year anniversary!

What do your donations support?

  • The Space: Continue to sustain a safe, inviting space for programs, services, and community use. With Our Center now open, we need to continue to fundraise responsibly to keep the lights on.
  • The Programs: We will develop and expand programming, with continued focus on youth and further development for seniors and other groups.
  • The Involvement: We will have clear, consistent, and compelling messages to increase awareness, investment, and participation in the community and organization.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Our Holiday Open House

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We thank you so much for all of the love you have generoulsy offered to
Our Center this year.
 
Can you beleive we have an actual building with lights on?!
Over 3,000 have come to visit.
Over 1,400 Volunteer hours logged.
A space for over 30 organizations to meet and create.
So many things…
 
Come Eat Cookies, Decorate Cookies and Drink Holiday Drinks.
 
Feel free to bring your favorite holiday treat to share.
Bring a favorite ornament or decoration for future holidays.
If you would like to participate in the Super Secret Gift Exchange. Bring in a wrapped gift you would like to get.
 
Santa and a Magical Elf will be here too at 5:30 pm! Come take a picture.
Maybe someone will play the piano… we have a piano!
Check out the Facebook event page!

#GivingTuesday is tomorrow!

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TOMORROW,
Tuesday, November 29th, is #GivingTuesday!

What is #GivingTuesday?
In the same way that Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holidaybuying season, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season. It was created in 2012 as a global day of giving back and doing good for others. In its first three years, it has proven to be a meaningful (and fun!) way for people to share a little holiday spirit with their favorite community organizations. Overall, #GivingTuesday has grown dramatically each year, with a total of almost $46 million raised in 2014, over 60% more in 2015. All signs indicate that the trend will continue in 2016!

Why donate to Our Center?

Our Center is for Our Community
and every penny helps!

Our Center is for all members of our community, and we need everyone’s support. As a local nonprofit, our success is directly tied to the community that we serve. Build Our Center has strived to create meaningful programs, functions, and events that bring people to together in support of a common goal: opening and sustaining a community center.
We all realized that dream this year!

In order to continue, we need your direct support and donations. We are focusing our efforts and resources to achieve the following outcomes:

  • The Space: Continue to sustain a safe, inviting space for programs, services, and community use. With Our Center now open, we need to continue to fundraise responsibly to keep the lights on.
  • The Programs: We will develop and expand programming, with continued focus on youth and further development for seniors and other groups.
  • The Involvement: We will have clear, consistent, and compelling messages to increase awareness, investment, and participation in the community and organization.

This is just the start! We’ve narrowed down key activities in order to reach these goals. However, these outcomes are not possible without your donations!

What has Our Center done?
Since acquiring our 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in 2013, we have expanded our strategic plan, dramatically increased fundraising, and worked to develop meaningful programming.

  • Our Youth program, which includes both the youth social group HOMIES (Hands On Movement Including Everyone) and the Point-In-Time Homeless Youth Count, continues to grow and expand as we approach the third year of this event. 
  • Northern Nevada Pride, which took place for the third year in July, brought in over 7,000 attendees to downtown Reno to celebrate!
  • Ongoing calendar of functions, activities, and groups (over 60 per month) at Our Center!
  • Check out our website to see more of the great events, activities, and involvement of the organization, www.OurCenterReno.org

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

National Coming Out Day!

Join us to celebrate National Coming Out Day on Tuesday, October 11th!

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National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally-observed human rights day devoted to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning folks and allies. The day is about providing visibility to LGBTQQIAA individuals and promoting awareness of LGBTQQIAA issues.

NCOD is a time dedicated for people across the LGBTQQIA and Allied communities to celebrate coming out, and as part of our observance of NCOD.

You can participate by coming to the center and submitting your Coming Out Story between 2-6pm.
Meet new people and talk about your journey. Participate in a round-table discussion. Coming Out Story will be playing in the center.
Reception will begin at 6pm, followed at 7pm with the speakers panel telling their stories and answering questions about their experiences.

Statement of Apology

Dear Community Members and Pride Attendees,
 
As many of you know, it is our mission and objective to hold a family friendly event in celebration of Pride in Reno. Unfortunately, not all of our acts this year upheld this objective. As such, we at Our Center and Northern Nevada Pride would like to extend our sincerest apologies for our first headliner’s act at Northern Nevada Pride on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
 
All of our entertainers are informed that their acts must be family friendly. This was also confirmed with each headliner’s representative prior to the event. Unfortunately, the act did not meet our standards or expectations in regard to this. While this does not excuse what happened, we offer this statement as an explanation and apology to those who may have been offended. That was never our intent and we are taking additional steps to ensure this does not happen with our headliners or other entertainers in the future.
 
We continue to be committed to providing a Pride Celebration that includes all members of our extended community, especially families, and to host an event where all feel comfortable attending. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of our board directly, please contact us at your convenience.
 
Sincerely,
Jeromy
 
 
Jeromy Manke
President
Build Our Center, Inc.
 
Main (775) 624-3720
Jeromy@OurCenterReno.org
 
OurCenterReno.org
Location • 1745 South Wells Avenue, Reno, NV 89502
Mailing Address • PO Box 54, Reno, NV 89504
 
 
Build Our Center, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3. All Donations are tax deductible.
 
We will Build, Connect, and Strengthen the LGBTQ community to celebrate diversity and sustain a safe, thriving, community-based organization for the empowerment and support of LGBTQ people in Northern Nevada that addresses advocacy, education, and services.