Pride center will bring back Koffee Klatch on Saturdays


The Mahoning Valley Pride Center, a hub for the GLBT community in the Valley, is bringing back its weekly Koffee Klatch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday at the center, 1523 Poland Ave., Youngstown.

The center will have coffee, tea and soda, and various events each week.

There will be themed potluck buffets and organized board, card and group games. On the first and third Saturdays, the klatch will be followed by a Soft Drink Social for teens 13 to 19.

The first Saturday of each monthwill feature social mixers and game days. This Saturday, the theme is “Brunch for the Queer Bunch.” Everyone is asked to take food to share, such as muffins, scones or finger foods. Those who can’t take any food are encouraged to attend anyway. Organizers say there’s always plenty of food.

The second Saturday of the month will be dedicated to health and wellness. Programs will feature topics including yoga, meditation, chiropractic care, holistic healing and more.

Free confidential HIV testing will be offered at the center on the second Saturdays. On March 12, the program will be a meditation and yoga seminar at noon.

The third Saturdays of the month will feature a guest speaker or seminar. Topics will include protecting your rights, GLBT travel destinations and GLBT history. The speakers or presentations will begin at noon, and light refreshments will be provided by the center.

At the March 19 klatch, the first topic will be GLBT resorts and traveling, and the guest speaker will be Don Rowinsky.

The fourth Saturdays will feature a book club, beginning at noon. For the first book club meeting, on March 26, those interested should take a favorite book to describe and tell why they liked it. The first book the group will read together will be “Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History,” by Heather Love. It will be discussed at the second book club meeting in April. It is available at, Barnes & Noble and Borders.

The Soft Drink Socials are for teens to get to know each other, play some games, watch a movie, or just hang out.

The third Saturday will feature a guest speaker or seminar on something for GLBT youth. The March 19 seminar will be about teen bullying and how to get support and work through it.

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