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GLBT Open Climb Night
May 16 • 6–8 p.m.
Vertical Endeavors • 2540 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis
Climb every mountain… It might not be the mountains of Austria in The Sound of Music, but nonetheless, it’s a great opportunity to “get your climb on” at the inaugural GLBT climb night! Get introduced to the amazing sport of rock climbing; learn helpful tips from Vertical Endeavors instructors and meet other members of the climbing community. Cover: $20 (includes day pass and harness rental). Drinks to follow shortly after the event at a local Eat Street restaurant. Search “GLBT Open Climb Night” on Facebook for more information.

Wild West Bingo
May 16 • 5:30–10 p.m.
Hyatt • 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Go west; life is peaceful there! Dust off your chaps and find your ten-gallon hat. It’s time to have fun while raising money for two great causes: Park House and the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. You might even win some great prizes! The fabulous Miss Richfield 1981 hosts the soirée, assisted by her pals Barbie Q, Gosh Alice Jones, Bebe Gallini, and Mrs. Margie Pederson. They’re always a comedic hit and will leave you in stitches; their constant banter with bingo participants has people at the edge of their seats wondering what they will say next. They’ll have live bingo games for prizes — including the $1,000 Big Game, awesome raffle packages, tasty food offerings, cash bar, Wild West-themed costume contest, and lots more. Purchase tickets at www.bingoagogo.com until noon on Friday, May 15 for $35; or pay $45 at the door (while seats last). Tables of eight or more get reserved seating when you specify a table host when ordering online.

Minnesota AIDS Walk
May 17 • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Minnehaha Park • 4801 S. Minneheha Park Dr., Minneapolis
We walk for our loved ones, for our neighbors, for the stories of strangers. We walk to educate. We walk to breathe new truths into tired stigmas. We walk for a cause that belongs to all of us. Join over 3,000 people for the 28th year of walking toward a Minnesota without HIV/AIDS. Sign up to walk or volunteer at www.mnaidswalk.org!

Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal Reception & Art Exhibition
May 21 • 5 p.m.
Intermedia Arts • 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
This annual event recognizes and celebrates the Twin Cities Pride Community Award winners and formally introduces the 2015 Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal. In addition, you’ll have the first opportunity to view the Pride art exhibition featuring works by artists from around the region, juried by members of the Twin Cities visual arts community. Come socialize with members of the community and enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction. No tickets necessary. Visit www.tcpride.org for more information.

11th Annual East Central Minnesota Pride
June 7 • Noon–5 p.m.
Voyageur Park • 600 1st Ave. NW, Pine City
Make your way just north of the Twin Cities as Minnesota’s small-town Pride once again kicks off the Pride season. It’s a day of fun, family, community, and connection, and also gives GLBT people of East Central Minnesota, those questioning, and their friends, family, and allies an opportunity to meet and build community in an otherwise isolated part of the state. This year’s entertainment lineup includes Hedwig, Calliope Women’s Chorus, and Neighberz. The event is free to attend, and there’ll be plenty of good food, musical entertainment, vendors, and much more. Visit www.eastcentralminnesotapride.com for more information.

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