Dust off your roller skates and get ready for a busy LGBTQ weekend in the Biggest Little City, May 17 -19.
The 8th Annual Harvey Milk Day celebration will be hosted by OUR Center on Friday night, May 17 at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center starting at 6 pm. Admission is $10 and $5 for children (under 12). The event is a fund raiser for the local LGBTQA Community Center.
The pasta feed and sauce challenge has become one of the highlights of the annual event, which not only brings the community together but also honors outstanding members fo the community with the annual MilkMade Awards. This year there ar 10 sauces entered into the challenge with the winner picked by those in attendance voting for their favorite sauce. With admission, each attendee gets one ticket for sauce voting. New in 2019, additional voting tickets will be available for purchase. Salad, rolls and desert will be available along with water and a cash wine beer bar.
Th highlight of the evening is the announcement of the recipients of the MilkMade awards for Leader of Tomorrow (someone under 30), Trailblazer (someone over 50), Community Builder, Political Groundbreaker and Outstanding Ally. This year a new category has been added, Prideful Parent. Nominees come from the community. Those nominated in 2019 are: Reno Councilman Devon Reese, Nevada State Senator Pat Spearman, Transgender Allies Group – TAG, Doyle Cornelius, Janine Comoletti, Steph Landeros, Emily Treischel, Stephan Page, Briana Escamilla, Zeina Barkawi, Reno Police Commander Oliver Miller, Father Kirk A. Woodliff, Marie Louise Thompson Marshall, Barbie Marcoe, Diana Hernandez. Sherrie Scaffidi, Gregory Cremeans, Northern, Nevada Pride Committee, Reno Arts and Culture Commission.
As people enter McKinley Arts, through the main entrance off of Riverside Drive, SideWalk Talks will be available to listen while you talk. This new program in Reno lets you talk the head off, while trained listeners sit across from you and listen to what is on your mind. Many says it is a great stress reliever and hep gets issues you may have off your chest. The group made its debut at the OUR Center anniversary Party and is scheduling opportunities at other locations in town.
Saturday, May 18, The OutWest Film Fest will feature Light in the Water at the Nevada Museum of Art theater starting a 3 pm. It will be followed by a panel discussion with the films producer and director. Tickets are $10 general; $8 students and Museum members at the door.
There will be a second session Saturday evening from 6 -8 pm featuring a collection of shorts to conclude the first day of the local LGBTQ Film Festival also in the theater of the Nevada Museum of Art. A second session ticket is required.
The Nevada Museum of Art is located at 160 West Liberty Street in Reno.
Sunday, May 19 the OutWest Film Fest concludes with the showing of a collection of short at Bruka Theatre. Tickets at the door are $10. The screening starts at 1 pm. Bruka is located at 99 North Virginia Street, Reno.
The Silver Dollar Court will also be hosting its annual Monarch’s Bingo at Carls-The Saloon on Sunday May 19 beginning at 4 pm. This is the last event for the current reigning elected Monarchs Casey Heide and Nikki Vutton. The two representatives of the oldest LGBTQA social and philanthropic organization in the State of Nevada has been raising funds all year for their two charities: Seniors in Service and The Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Sunday concludes the weekend of events with the 30th Annual Reno AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Wingfield Park at 7 pm. The annual event is part of the international grassroots day of awareness and remembrance for those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost.
Reno’s event is hosted by the Northern Nevada Outreach Team (NNOT) and will feature several short speeches and a candlelight memorial walk along the banks of the Truckee River in downtown Reno.