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Wednesday 19 Aug 2015

3rd Annual Feel Good Health Fair

Join Center on Halsted for their 3rd Annual Feel Good Health Fair, a community health and resource fair with a focus on healthy living for LGBTQ individuals; , Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:30pm

This year’s fair will feature free fitness classes throughout the day, product giveaways and information from health-related vendors, and nutritious cooking suggestions from Silverfork – Center on Halsted’s Culinary Arts training program.

The primary goal of Center on Halsted’s Feel Good Health Fair is to educate participants about making healthy choices and creating good habits for healthy living in the LGBTQ community. Vendors for the resource fair will focus on physical health, mental and social well-being. Participants are also encouraged to stop by tables to learn more about Center on Halsted’s programs and services.

The fitness class schedule for the day is:

10:00AM-10:25AM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

10:30AM-10:55AM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

11:00AM-11:25AM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

11:30AM-11:55AM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez

12:00PM-12:25PM: Ballroom Dancing with Get on the Floor Dance Company

12:30PM-12:55PM: Yoga with The ATTIC*

1:00PM-1:25PM: Queer Tango with Paola Bordon

1:30PM-1:55PM: Zumba with Andrew Martinez 

*A limited number of yoga mats will be provided - if possible, please supply your own

The best part is this is ALL FREE! It is highly suggested that you pre-register for the exercise classes by going to https://community.centeronhalsted.org/FeelGood. For more information, contact Andrew Fortman, Community and Cultural Programs Manager at AFortman@centeronhalsted.org

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (Now also on YouTube!)


1,816,483 :: http://gopride.com/Cbwe


 
 
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Sunday 26 Jul 2015

Coming This Fall . .



Yep, that's right, I'm hitting YouTube, with weekly posts starting this fall. I hope you will subscribe, and like!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

1,804,833 :: http://gopride.com/Cbv4
Monday 13 Jul 2015

Troquet Soiree

The Boulevard (formerly Interfaith House) Junior Board is hosting Troquet Soiree, a cocktail party July 16th, from 6-8 pm at Troquet in Chicago's River North's neighborhood . The event will feature unlimited wine, champagne and Hors d'oeuvres. 

This exciting event will celebrate the new name and image for Interfaith House, which has become The Boulevard. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate our continuing mission and our new name and image! 

Soiree tickets are $50 each and you can visit www.blvd.org for tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Vetrano at  773.682.2029 or email sarah.vetrano27@gmail.com 

The Boulevard provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency. 

The Boulevard continues to be in the forefront of restoring health, and rebuilding lives of ill and injured homeless adults by providing quality, cost effective residential and non-residential support services to an increasing number of residents and will maintain a high percentage of placements into permanent/transitional housing, leading all residents on a path toward permanent housing and breaking the cycle of homelessness. 

If you're in Chicago, do your part in supporting solution providers, like The Boulevard. I hope to see you this week at Troquet Soiree.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (Now also on YouTube)

1,798,912 :: http://gopride.com/Cbu7
Monday 1 Jun 2015

Ethan Hethcote Brings Change To Mind

Young YouTube phenom Ethan Hethcote, shares about his battle with anxiety; encouraging others that fight with it and other mental health issues like depression, and bi-polar disorder to speak up.

At almost twenty-one, Ethan has learned a lesson that has taken most folks a lifetime to learn. You can’t just sweep it (metal illness) under the rug”. “The way to deal with it is talk about it”

To that end, he’s highlighting www.BringChange2Mind.org, in his latest YouTube post. Sharing his personal story with his partner and YouTube vlogger Mark E. Miller at his side, Ethan has displayed a great deal of courage.

Bring Change 2 Mind’s mission is "to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness. To act as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness."



I agree with Mr. Hethcote! It’s super important to talk about it with friends and mentors. Everyone has struggled with mental illness in one form or another, at some point in their lives. It’s normal. Continuing this conversation, as Ethan suggests, is a great idea!

For more information on Bring Change 2 Mind, go to www.BringChange2Mind.org. Please consider donating as well. 

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (Now also on YouTube)

1,780,154 :: http://gopride.com/Cbkx
Monday 18 May 2015

YouTuber Joey Graceffa Comes Out As Gay

Popular YouTube personality, Joey Graceffa came out as gay today, via his YouTube channel. 




The animated YouTuber has always been creative in his videos and productions. He gave a sizable hint towards his sexuality in his post, two days earlier. Called “Don’t Wait”, Graceffa portrayed as a young boy fighting off bullies and goblins, wins in life by beating back his fears and embracing who he is. 


 


With almost five million subscribers to his YouTube Channel, Joey has an incredible impact and the desire to “make a difference with his coming out”. I’ve been a fan of his channel for years. His raw, often silly videos have been peppered with real-to-life challenges he’s facing; including his mom’s stint in rehab and growing up in a divorced home. 


With that many subscribers, it’s estimated that Joey makes a quarter of a million dollars a year in ad sales and merchandise. The sale of his new book, “In Real Life. . .My Journey to a pixelated world” out on May 19, 2015, should boost that considerably! 


I’m proud of his willingness to share his life and talents. Even more so, since he’s clearly committed to impact the world positively.


Bravo Joe!
Bill Pritchard

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