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Community briefs: Wright trail, good jobs, frac forums and more

Wisconsin Gazette’s roundup of community bulletins, nonprofit announcements and other local news.

Wright in Wisconsin: Gov. Scott Walker in March recently signed Assembly Bill 512 to designate and mark a highway route as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.

Walker said, “It’s great to be here at Taliesin to see first-hand some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Spring Green. The bill we’re signing into law will help visitors to our state easily identify and find Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks, like the one we’re at today.  Wright’s architecture is world-renowned, and these signs will boost tourism even further throughout Wisconsin.”

Gov. Scott Walker in March recently signed Assembly Bill 512 to designate and mark a highway route as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. — PHOTO: Wikipedia
Gov. Scott Walker in March recently signed Assembly Bill 512 to designate and mark a highway route as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. — PHOTO: Wikipedia

The route will run through Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson, Dane, Iowa, Sauk and Richland counties and direct travelers the right way to Wright attractions.

The bill,  authored by Rep. Todd Novak, R–Dodgeville, and Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, passed the Assembly with a vote of 96-2 and was concurred by the Senate on a voice vote.

Reggae for public rides

A reggae concert at Riverwest Public House on Locust in Milwaukee April 8 will raise money for the Milwaukee Transit Riders Union, an organization of bus riders fighting for better transit in the city. For more, go to transitridersunion.org.

Good work

GSAFE is seeking an executive director to begin work in July. For more about opportunities with the nonprofit, which advocates for LGBT youth and on education issues, go to gsafewi.org.

Historic Milwaukee Incorporated also is hiring. The nonprofit dedicated to increasing “awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history, architecture and the preservation of the built environment” is seeking a part-time accountant. For more, go to historicmilwaukee.org.

High costs, higher ed

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., met with students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in late March to talk about student loan debt and her reform bill, the In The Red Act. The measure would allow student borrowers to refinance debt at lower rates, increase Pell Grants to keep pace with rising costs and also would make a new investment in community college. For more, go to, baldwin.senate.gov.

Beachy clean

Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic announced the state approved an $838,000 Knowles-Nelson stewardship grant at South Shore Park to enhance the beach and boat launch and improve water quality. South Shore Park also is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to reconstruct the parking lot, another water quality project.

Frac forums

Sifting the Future educational events are planned on April 20 in Madison and April 21 in Eau Claire. The hills of western Wisconsin supply 75 percent of the country’s frac sand market. Organizers invite people to learn about frac sand mining impacts on Wisconsin’s ecological and agricultural landscapes. The Madison event is at 7 p.m. at UW-Madison’s Union South. The Eau Claire event is at 6 p.m. at The Plaza. For more, go to midwestadvocates.org.

Honored by ARCW

The Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin’s annual Make A Promise Dinner and Gala takes place on April 9 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. ARCW is honoring state Rep. John Nygren for “his courageous leadership addressing the heroin epidemic, opiate overdose and his long-term commitment to supporting care and treatment for people with HIV.” ARCW also will recognize BMO Harris Bank for its philanthropy and UW Health for its work specializing in providing health care to people living with HIV.

Meanwhile, ARCW also is receiving honors. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group, recognized the nonprofit as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.” For more, go to arcw.org.

Field fun

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is offering 188 expert-led field trips around the state in 2016, a 25 percent increase from 2015. The program offers opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore public lands, waters and wildlife by foot, bike, boat and even train. Since 1994, nearly 40,500 people have joined the foundation on field trips. Trips take place in 46 out of 72 Wisconsin counties. For more, go to wisconservation.org.

The Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan. — PHOTO: CourtesyThe Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan. — PHOTO: Courtesy
The Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Cream City crew

The Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan, and announced its slate of officers for 2016: Paul Milakovich, chair; Angelique Harris, vice chair; Erika Baurecht, vice president; Jose A. Milan, treasurer; Stewart M. Morrisey, assistant treasurer; Bridget Paskey, secretary; Renee Krinberger, chair of the fund development committee; and board members Galgan, Rob Doerfler-Eckstein and Eric M. Peterson. CCF is Southeastern Wisconsin’s LGBT community foundation. For more, go to creamcityfoundation.org.

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Community briefs: Bernie’s bobble, mapping injustice, serving up volleyball

Bernie’s bobble?

The Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a line of presidential candidate bobbleheads. The museum seeks to raise $10,000 through Feb. 29 for the campaign, which offers Kickstarter voters a chance to back their favorite bobble candidate: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, et al. For more, go to bobbleheadhall.com.

Mapping racial injustice

Elsa Noterman and Anders Zanichkowsky are a geographer and printmaker who created a series of large-scale, mixed-media “artist” maps responding to racial justice issues in Madison. “Free the 350” Decarceration Map is a woodcut that deals with the disproportionate rate of incarceration for people of color in Dane County jails. The artists’ work is supported by a Madison Arts Commission BLINK! Grant and is on display throughout February at the Central Library in Madison. For more, go to anderszanichkowsky.com.

Serve, set, spike

The Milwaukee Gay Volleyball Association is registering players for the 11-week season that begins in March. Games are played at Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St. Registration can be completed online at milwaukeegayvolleyball.com.

Winter in Washington Park

The day’s high of 32 degrees meant perfect weather for Urban Ecology Center’s eighth annual Winterfest, held on Jan. 23 in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. More than 800 people cross-country skied, snowshoed and engaged in other wintertime activities. UEC is “committed to fostering ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood.” For more, go to urbanecologycenter.org.

Milwaukee meetup on Black Lives Matter

Alverno College hosts a forum on racial disparity and the criminal justice system at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Sister Joel Read Conference Center. Panelists include Martha Barry of the YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin, the Rev. Willie E. Brisco of the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregation Allied for Hope, retired assistant Milwaukee Police Chief Edith Hudson and Reggie Jackson of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation. For more, go to alverno.edu.

Wayfinding for 2-wheelers

Dane County Parks is collaborating with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board to create a countywide Bicycle Wayfinding Manual to design and implement a uniform system. The county also is moving forward with plans to build the longest bicycle bridge in the state — the 2.5-mile Lower Yahara River Trail connecting Lake Farm County Park with McDaniel Park. For more, go to countyofdane.com.

Diverse & Resilient leaders

Diverse & Resilient named its 2016 LGBT leadership award winners. They include Brenda Coley, Bayard Rustin Award; Shannon Romero, Be YOU Youth Leadership Award; Broderick Pearson, Gary Hollander Adult Leadership Award; Irmine Reitl, LGBT Ally Award and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Community Partner Award. The honors will be presented at an April 7 gala at the Marriott Downtown Milwaukee. For more, go to diverseandresilient.org.

September screenings

Save the dates: Sept. 22–Oct. 6. The Milwaukee Film Festival has set its calendar for the 2016 series of feature films, short programs, education screenings, post-film conversations and panel discussions. For more, go to mkefilm.org.

Corporate education

Some politicians and educators in Wisconsin recently celebrated National School Choice Week, but they may not have been schooled on the origins of the observance. It’s promoted by the State Policy Network and the American Legislative Exchange Council and fueled by right-wing funders such as David and Charles Koch, according to the progressive watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy. For more, go to prwatch.org.

Fair’s February gala

The Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference, presented by Fair Wisconsin and Diverse & Resilient, takes place Feb. 19–21 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. The keynote speaker for this year’s gala dinner, at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, is Aisha Moodie-Mills. She’s president and CEO at the Victory Fund and Institute, host of the political-pop culture radio show Politini and a political commentator on MSNBC. For more, go to fairwisconsin.com.

GSAFE seeks executive director

GSAFE is looking for an executive director to start in July. The right person would implement the group’s next stage of organizational transformation around racial, trans and gender justice. The executive director would oversee statewide expansion and should have skill in resource development and facilitating organizational culture shift. To apply, send an application, resume and cover letter to EDHiring@gsafewi.org  Preference will be given to applications received by March 30. For more, go to gsafewi.org.

Party for good

Meet and support Milwaukee’s coolest nonprofits at the Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee Winter Social at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at The Wicked Hop’s Jackalope Lounj, 343 N. Broadway. For more, contact Jorna Taylor at 414-342-0883 or jornat@communitysharesmke.org.

Extra haul from expo

The seventh annual Well Expo at the Monona Terrace in Madison in mid-January brought 1,400 people together to talk about health and wellness. The event also resulted in the collection of more than 1,000 pounds of groceries for the River Food Pantry in Dane County. For more, go to wellexpomadison.com.

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Community Briefs: Garden Blitz planned, roots awards announced, solar training class set

• GROUNDWORK FOR BLITZ: The Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz takes place May 7–21. Registration is open for nation’s largest garden-building event. For more, go to victorygardeninitiative.org/blitz.

• TAKING ROOT: Groundwork Milwaukee in December presented Milwaukee Urban Gardens Strong Roots Awards, including its Garden of Honor Award to Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden and the Body and Soul Healing Center. For more, go to groundworkmke.org.

• POWERING UP: Solar Training Academy sessions take place in four Midwestern locations in 2016: St. Paul, Minnesota; Normal, Illinois; Dubuque, Iowa and Milwaukee. Attendees learn about PV design and installation. For more, go to midwestrenew.org.

• BRR BENEFIT: The Woolly Bear Fest, with face-painting, ice-skating, sledding and a scavenger hunt, takes place on Feb. 20 in Milwaukee. The event benefits the River Revitalization Foundation. For more, go to riverrevitalizationfoundation.org.

• FEBRUARY FORUM: The Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference takes place Feb. 19–21 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. Diverse & Resilient and Fair Wisconsin Education Fund partner to present the event. For more, go to wilgbtleadership.org.

• SING OUT: The City of Festivals Men’s Chorus, an LGBT affirming chorus in southeast Wisconsin, begins its new season with rehearsals on Monday nights at  Plymouth Church UCC, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee. New singers are always welcome. The chorus is rehearsing for its spring concert on June 4. For more, go to cityoffestivalsmenschorus.com or email artistic director Ken Forney at

• SOUTH SHORE SEEDING: A forum on creating a small community garden at the south end of Cupertino Park, 2000 E. Iron St., Milwaukee, is at 6 p.m. on Jan. 19, at the South Shore Pavilion. “Neighbors approached us about this new endeavor and because of the partnership created with the UW-Extension through our SEED program, we have the resources to make this happen,” said Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic in a news statement.

• NEW MEMBER: The Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is the newest gold founding member of the Wisconsin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, announced executive director Jason Rae. 

Bulletin Board | Community awards, appointments, activities

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber named ‘Chamber of the Year’

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce was named 2015 Chamber of the Year on Aug. 13 at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 2015 International Business & Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Last year, the chamber received the Rising Star Chamber Award.

NGLCC recognized the chamber as a role model. 

Along with the award came a $5,000 grant funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation to expand capacity and offer technical assistance to the chamber’s Lunch & Learn Series, which fosters the development, growth and sustainability of certified LGBT business enterprises.

“Our organization began in 2011 as a young LGBT professionals-networking organization and we soon discovered the tremendous need for LGBT business owners to connect and support an inclusive business climate in Wisconsin,” said executive director Jason Rae. “We’ve exceeded our own expectations in less than three years and we couldn’t have done so without the passionate work of our members and corporate partners. This recognition is an extreme honor for our organization.”

In other community news …

TO THE POINT: Walker’s Point Center for the Arts’ new executive director is Ana Melo. She grew up in the Walker’s Point neighborhood and has strong ties to the community. She is a bilingual community leader passionate about the arts, youth engagement and nonprofit sustainability, according to a news release. “I’m honored to serve such a prestigious organization and a community near and dear to my heart,” she said. “My vision is to continue to build upon the strong presence of the organization and to create new partnerships that align with our mission in bringing arts to youth, families and artists in the neighborhood of Walker’s Point and throughout the city of Milwaukee.”

PADDLERS TO PROTEST OIL TRAINS: Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Citizens for Railroad Safety-Milwaukee Area will host “Convergence at the Confluence” at 3 p.m. on Sept. 13. Organizers said paddlers — in kayaks or canoes or on paddleboards — will meet at the confluence of the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers by the railroad bridge in Walker’s Point to “show concern about crude oil trains. … Oil and water don’t mix.” For more, search for “convergence at the confluence” on Facebook.

ARTS AWARDS: Arts Wisconsin is reviewing nominations for the seventh annual Arts in the Community awards. The honors are presented by Arts Wisconsin in partnership with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities to recognize communities and civic leaders that champion the arts as integral to economic, educational and community vitality. Award winners will be selected by a panel and recognized in October.

VISITING DOCTOR: Cuban physician and gay activist Dr. Alberto Roque Guerra appears at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2, at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market St., to talk about his success in developing a medical program of comprehensive treatment for transgender people in the island nation.

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Community Bulletins | March 26, 2015

Candidates announce for state Democratic Party chair

Martha Laning earlier this month announced her candidacy for chairperson of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Laning is a community leader, businesswoman and former candidate for Wisconsin’s 9th Senate District. She’s been endorsed by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who’s often mentioned as a prospective gubernatorial candidate.

Also running for the position is Jason Rae, who has served on the boards of numerous progressive organizations and as chair of the Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission. Currently executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Rae was chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Platform & Resolutions Committee for four years.

Other announced candidates are Jeff Smith and Joe Wineke.

More community bulletins …

• GREEN CAMPAIGN: Conservation Lobby Day is set for April 14, with citizen lobbyists gathering at Monona Terrace in Madison to register. For more, go to milwaukeeenvironmentalconsortium.org.

• BUILDING COMMUNITY: All Hands Boatworks, which held a meeting in Milwaukee earlier in March at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, is making plans for a youth regatta, a youth boatbuilders camp and other projects. For more, visit All Hands Boatworks on Facebook.

• JUSTICE AND DISPARITY: The International Socialist Organization, with co-sponsorship by Young, Gifted and Black, the UW Comparative Studies Department and the UW LGBT Campus Center, hosted transgender activist CeCe McDonald at the UW-Madison campus on March 19. McDonald talked about prison reform, racial profiling, racial disparities and transgender rights. 

• FAIR NOTICE: The Fair Wisconsin board of directors announced the appointment of Megin McDonnell as interim executive director. She succeeds Katie Belanger and has been serving Fair as external relations director since 2011. For more, go to fairwisconsin.com.

• HIGH-TECH DRIVER’S ED: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has created an e-version of The Motorists’ Handbook that explains the rules of the road and offers safe driving recommendations for operating cars or light trucks. “The eBook option for tablets makes this version especially convenient to study and prepare for the knowledge test that all applicants must pass to get a driver license,” says Debbie Kraemer, supervisor of the Bureau of Driver Services. The handbook is available at wisconsindmv.gov.

• RUMMAGE WITH A CAUSE: The Milwaukee/NARI Foundation, Inc., the educational and charitable arm of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., will host its 10th annual “Home Improvement Rummage Sale” in the parking lot of Milwaukee Millwork, 11712 W. Dixon St., Milwaukee on May 1, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. The sale supports efforts to reduce materials from landfills while also assisting the foundation’s efforts to provide financial and educational support to students pursuing a career in the home improvement and remodeling industry. Leftover merchandise will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

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Community briefs, Feb. 12, 2015

• Janesville Community Radio continues to work to bring service to that area. Supporters are raising money to build a radio tower and purchase a transmitter and studio equipment to begin broadcasting in June. For more, go to www.janesvillecommunityradio.com.

• Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee honors champions of social justice, animal welfare and environmental progress during its awards celebration on Feb. 26 at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Honorees include former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, Jill De Grave of the Wisconsin Humane Society, Marquette University president Dr. Michael Lovell, Vanessa LaCoste of Artworks for Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Brewers. For more, go to www.communitysharesmke.org.

• WMSE is cooking up its 13th annual Rockabilly Chili fundraiser. The event takes place on March 1 at MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, with chili on the menu and one of the best bluegrass bands in the country at the mic — Split Lip Rayfield.

• Walk MS events are set to take place around the state in May. The walks are the largest rallying point and fundraisers for those affected by multiple sclerosis. For more, go to walkmswisconsin.org.

• Fair Wisconsin Education Fund and Diverse & Resilient host the annual Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference Feb. 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. For more, go to wilgbtleadership.org.

• Milwaukee LGBT Community Center offers a variety of support and discussion groups, as well as hosts social events, including drop-ins, theater outings and movie nights. For more, go to www.mkelgbt.org.

• PrideFest Milwaukee says, “Save the date.” Organizers are planning PrideFest for June 5–7 at the Summerfest grounds.For more, go to pridefest.com.

— Lisa Neff

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Community briefs: AIDS Ride registering cyclists

Registration is underway for ACT 12, the Wisconsin AIDS Ride.

Cyclists will spend four days riding 300 miles to raise money for HIV/AIDS. The ride will take place July 31–Aug. 3.

Riders with limited time can opt for a century ride on Aug. 2.

The ride benefits the AIDS Network, which provides services in Crawford, Grant, Richland, Iowa, Lafayette, Juneau, Sauk, Dane, Green, Adams, Columbia, Rock and Dodge counties.

For more, go online to http://www.actride.org.

In other community news …

• The Wisconsin Humane Society is raising money with sales of a special issue tie-dyed T-shirt through July 20. For more, go online to wihumane.org.

• The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony takes place July 11 in Chicago. Inductees planning to attend include Billy Bean, Wade Davis, Esera Tuaolo, Fallon Fox, Chris Mosier and representatives from the Stand Up Foundation and Nike. For more, go online to www.gayandlesbiansports.com.

• Fair Wisconsin is seeking volunteers for its office in Madison and for its presence in Pride celebrations in Kenosha and Green Bay on July 12 and in Madison on Aug. 10. For more, go online to fairwisconsin.com.

• ACLU of Wisconsin and Community Shares of Wisconsin celebrate a 25-year-old partnership with a happy hour on July 22 at Echo Tap and Grill in Madison. For more, go online to www.aclu-wi.org.

• Sierra Club Wisconsin/John Muir Chapter holds a series of house parties in Iron River, Bayfield, Superior and Hayward to screen Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff and organize opposition to the proposed taconite mine proposal. For more, go online to wisconsin.sierraclub.org.

— L.N.

Community briefs: ACLU names celebrities with a cause

The American Civil Liberties Union recently launched an ambassador initiative that involves recruiting celebrities to help promote its cases and causes.

With the project’s unveiling, the ACLU named six ambassadors and their areas of activism: Harry Belafonte, for his advocacy against mass incarceration; W. Kamau Bell for his work on racial justice; Lewis Black on voting rights; Melissa Etheridge on marijuana law reform; Jesse Tyler Ferguson on LGBT issues, including the freedom to marry; and Cyndi Lauper on LGBT issues and HIV/AIDS.

“These talented artists will bring civil liberties issues to audiences that we haven’t reached before,” said Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU. “The voices of these new ambassadors — whether online, on TV, in film or in concerts or comedy clubs across the country — will create a powerful echo chamber that will amplify the ACLU’s work of protecting freedoms for all.”

POZ praises Wisconsin HIV/AIDS activist

POZ magazine, a leading national news source on HIV/AIDS issues, included Wisconsin activist Danielle Wasko in its fourth annual POZ 100.

The magazine encouraged people across the country to nominate HIV-positive people who are “unsung heroes” in the fight against AIDS. So, for the first time, the list, released in advance of World AIDS Day, was made up entirely of people living with the virus.

“The individuals on this year’s list may not consider themselves to be heroes, but we do,” said POZ editor-in-chief Oriol Gutierrez. “Each person — in his or her own unique way — is taking a brave stand against the virus. They are fighting back. From people who volunteer for AIDS service organizations or work as policy advocates to those who act as educators to promote prevention and treatment, this list represents an incredibly diverse spectrum of people living with HIV and making a difference on the front lines in their communities.”

Wasko has been positive since 2006. She has volunteered with Madison’s AIDS Network for four years. POZ, in praising Wasko, said, “Known for her good spirit, she is often out in the community doing outreach education on the importance of knowing your status and practicing safe sex. Danielle has become a role model and an advocate in the LGBT community throughout the state, especially in the transgender community. She is always willing to share her story, her struggles and her experiences living with HIV/AIDS to help others.”

Hollander named a 2013 Purpose Prize Fellow

Diverse & Resilient president and CEO Gary Hollander was named a 2013 Purpose Prize fellow for his work to eliminate the health disparities faced by LGBT people. The Purpose Prize is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs 60 and older who are helping to solve the world’s toughest social problems.

“It is great to have the health, energy, and enthusiasm to help do the big things that need doing,” Hollander said. “The honor of becoming a Purpose Prize fellow encourages me to keep the course of my work now and after retirement in a couple of years.”

Awarded by Encore.org, the Purpose Prize program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies and Symetra. Encore is a nonprofit that promotes “encore” or second careers that are personally meaningful and serve the greater good.

In other organizational news …

• The Wisconsin LGBT Leadership Conference presented by Fair Wisconsin takes place Feb. 7-9 and registration is underway. The event coincides with the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund’s annual leadership awards and gala dinner in Milwaukee, which is scheduled for Feb. 8 and features Kate Bornstein as the keynote speaker. For more, go online to fairwisconsin.com.

• The annual community Thanksgiving takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Hosts — including Fair Wisconsin, Black and White Men Together, Galano Club, Lesbian Alliance, Milwaukee MCC, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, SAGE Milwaukee and Plymouth United — will provide turkey, ham and vegetarian lasagna. For more, go online to www.mkelgbt.org.

• The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco spotlights the career of Vicki Marlane, a transgender woman and drag performer who got her start as a carny in the early 1950s, rose to fame as a female impersonator in the 1960s and, in her third act, became a beloved San Francisco community icon leading shows at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in the Tenderloin until her death at age 76 in 2011. Vicki Marlane: I’m Your Lady features never-before-displayed video, artifacts and photos from the performer’s estate. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28. For more, go online to www.glbthistory.org.

• The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials group, meeting at the National League of Cities expo in Seattle, elected Keith McGlashan, the mayor of Shoreline, Wash., as its 2014 president. Others elected to the group’s board include LaWanna Mayfield of North Carolina, Andy Amoroso and Tom Green of Florida, Karen Kellen of Colorado, and Philip Kingston and Adam Medrano of Texas. For more, go online to www.nlc.org.

• WGIRLS Milwaukee hosts the fifth annual Hope for the Holidays benefit on Dec. 5 at Spin Milwaukee, 233 E. Chicago St. Proceeds help raise money to grant holiday wishes for youth at Pathfinders Southeastern Education Center. The benefit at 7 p.m. includes a silent auction, music, a raffle, food and beverages. Guests are asked to bring a clothing item or school supplies to donate. For more, go to www.wgirls.org.

— L.N. and L.W.

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