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Drag Queen Car Wash

The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire will host its “Divas and Dudes: Car Wash and BBQ” for to benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation this month. This will be an event for people ages 18 and over.
When: Sept. 4, 4–8 p.m.
Where: Club Jam, 751 N. 300 West
Cost: $3 per car, $5 suggested donation per plate for barbecue
Info: Jared Petersen at jared.d.petersen@gmail.com.

Empowerment Workshop


The Utah Pride Center has announced its next Empowerment Workshop. Themed “Living as a Minority: Loving Yourself in a World Where You are Different,” it will be centered around helping participants handle the feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt that come from living in a predominantly anti-gay society. The six-week workshop will begin Sept. 6 and run each Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. until Oct. 11. Joshua Bytendorp will facilitate. Participants are asked to commit to a three-week module (either the first three workshops or the last three). Workshops will focus on gender and sexuality issues, communication, coping skills and spirituality.
Where: Utah Pride Center, Middle Meeting Room, 361 N. 300 West
Cost: $15 for first or second three week module. Reduced cost available upon request.
Info: Joshua Bytendorp at 801-573-1194.

Adopt a Furry Friend

PetSmart locations in Utah and across the United States and Canada will host the PetSmart Charities Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend, Sept. 10–12. Co-sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet brand pet food, the event hopes to place 19,600 dogs, cats, and a variety of other shelter and rescue pets. The PetSmart location at 389 W. 1830 South will provide additional space in its parking lot to showcase pets in need of homes. Adopters will receive samples from both sponsors. A number of local pet shelters and animal rescue agencies will be participating. To find your nearest PetSmart Charities adoption center visit PetSmart.com or call 877-473-8762.

Family Conference

The Utah Pride Center will host “Bringing Families Back Into the Room,” a regional conference, Oct. 8-10, for families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer youth. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Caitlin Ryan, head of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University, which is studying ways to help families support queer children. For more details, check utahpridecenter.org.

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