The last Saturday in April for the past three years, OUR Center, the local LGBT Community Center, has celebrated its birthday with a party. Several hundred people would gather at the Center at 1745 South Wells Ave for an afternoon of celebration of community. The Center first opened its doors to the public April 30, 2016, after spending over seven years to build a sustainable LGBT Community Center.
This year as the 4th anniversary approaches, the country is in the midst of Stay at Home orders and non-essential businesses are closed. People can not gather in groups as health officials try to flatten the infection rate. But OUR Center isn’t letting that stop them from being available to the LGBT community.
OUR Center has long been creative when creativity has been required, thanks to its board and volunteers. This year’s birthday celebration is innovative. OUR Center is hosting two virtual events to celebrate four years of serving the community with resources, programing and community gathering place.
This Saturday, April 25 starting at 2 pm. Anyone interested in participating in the OUR Center virtual Birthday Celebration can get the zoom meeting information from the OUR Center Reno facebook page on Saturday morning.
The Saturday event will feature Board President Jeromy Manke informingpeople about the state of OUR Center, where it has been and where it is going. Other board members will also be speaking about their specific duties which include programing, community engagement, finance, marketing and volunteers.
Members of the community and OUR Center Volunteers are being asked to create a 30 to 60 second short video (from your phone works fine) telling what the center means to them, the programs they participate in etc. After creating your video, post it to the OUR Center Facebook page.
On Sunday, April 26 on the OUR Center Facebook page Live will the Birthday Bruch featuring local DJ Jacie Mattice spinning tunes from 11 am to Noon. As a bonus, local Doughnut Shop, Doughboys Donuts has created a “Pride Pack” for the occasion. The packs can be picked up at any of the Doughboys locations (Spanish Springs, Northwest Reno and South Reno,
For $10 you get a “Pride Pack” box, which contains six glazed donuts, two glaze toppings and plenty of rainbow sprinkles to create your own Pride donut. Boxes can be picked up Saturday, April 25 only according to the Dough boy facebook page, but they had indicated “pride packs” would be available on Sunday too. If you are placing a large order, please call your local store and order then. Dough Boys is graciously donating a portion of the sales to OUR Center.
You can enter a donut decorating with the supplies provided in the “Pride box”, take a picture of it and post it to Instagram, making sure to tag #OURCenterReno. The winner will get a Junkee Mystery bag sponsored by Dough Boy. The winner will be chosen by likes.
With OUR Center having been closed from Mid-March to likely the end of May, depending on direction for the governor, if you would like to donate to the Center and its programs ou can donate online on their website: OURCenterReno.org or by mailing a check to Post Office Box 54, Reno, Nevada 89504.