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Community News by GayCalgary Staff (From GayCalgary® Magazine, August 2008, page 52)
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Bowling for Beswick
Coming up shortly is Bowling for Beswick on August 9th. This is not bowling with an alley and pins, but an outdoor lawn bowling event that everyone can enjoy – “no skills required!” Bring your friends down to the Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club (1235 8th Avenue SE) and register as a team for just $25. Check-in starts at 12-noon and games begin at 1pm, but there are plenty of things happening on the side: enjoy refreshments (yes, liquor included), food from the barbecue, participate in the 50/50 draw, and more.
To register, call Mark at (403) 669-9936 (leave a message) or e-mail at bakrboy@hotmail.com (please put “Bowling” in the subject line).

2nd Annual Chili Cook-off
On August 31st, the Calgary Eagle is hosting the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off benefitting the SHARP Foundation, on behalf of Beswick House. This is a great opportunity to test your culinary prowess against your peers, in preparing this humble but popular dish. There will also be a silent auction running during the event, which includes a rare NHL Hockey Jersey signed by Sydney Crosby.
Last year, contestants put forward their best chili recipes, which were rated anonymously by Beswick representatives. After judging, the public was allowed to buy samples or full bowls of each entry and try their best to guess who might win. So even if you’re not the best in the kitchen, you can at least stop by this event and make a meal out of sampling what the competitors have to offer.
For a copy of the rules, or to register as a competitor, please pick up an Entry Form at The Calgary Eagle (424a 8th Avenue SE) or contact Johnathan (johnf777@telus.net) or Neal (n.debreceni@shaw.ca) for more information.

Karaoke in your PJs
The Texas Lounge will be host to a new breed of Karaoke fundraiser this August 26th; the ISCCA is holding a special fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Dress up in your pajamas or “tightie-nighties” and show up after 7:30pm to sing your heart out!

Edmonton Pride Week Society AGM
The Edmonton Pride Week Society’s Annual General Meeting is Tuesday, September 30th at 7pm at the Pride Centre (9540 – 111 Avenue). All are welcome, as is any input on Pride Week and how to make it better! If anyone is interested in being involved in organizing Pride Week 2009, please attend the AGM or contact us at epws@prideedmonton.org, or visit the website at www.prideedmonton.org
Calgary Outlink AGM Report
The annual general meeting for Calgary OutLink was held at the Old Y Boardroom on June 26th, 2008. The past year at OutLink has brought some challenges followed by positive response by community to move forward with a stronger, more grounded organization. The main focus of 2007/08 was: Funding, Membership, Awareness, Volunteers, and Partnership.
Calgary Outlink begins the coming year with renewed energy, a strong board of directors, and a solid basis for accomplishing next year’s goals. They invite you to drop by the office to meet their Executive Director James Tweedie and returning President Melissa Luhtanen. Join the growing list of members to keep updated on OutLink’s new and existing programs.

SHARP Foundation - Elton John Raffle
The SHARP Foundation is holding a raffle! First Prize is 2 Tickets to Elton John in Concert at the Pengrowth Saddledome this September 12, 2008, including a 4 course dinner at La Vita Bella - a total value of $427.50. Second Prize is a $100 Future Shop Gift Certificate with an Elton John DVD, and third Prize is an Ipod Shuffle (1GB) with an Elton John CD.
Tickets are $2 each and are available by calling SHARP at (403) 272-2912. Only 1500 tickets have been printed for this draw. (AGLC Raffle Ticket Number 267177. Must be 18 years of age or over to purchase.)

GayCalgary and Edmonton Ticket Giveaway Draws
This month you can win free tickets for two to see the Village People (performing in Calgary August 8th) and Maragaret Cho: Beautiful (September 4th in Edmonton, 7th in Calgary). It’s free to enter with a GayCalgary.com user account – if you don’t have one yet, sign up for free! Your chances of winning are excellent, with 15 pairs of tickets in all!
For more information, visit the GayCalgary.com website and click on the offers listed under “Promotions” in the left-hand column. But hurry, the Village People offer ends shortly on August 7th, 2008, and the Margaret Cho offer ends on September 3rd, 2008.

(GC)



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