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The Community Folk Art Center ‘s current exhibition, “Straddling Oceans” is a retrospective of artwork by multifaceted artist, Vanessa Johnson (@brownsugarbutterfly) The exhibition will take you on a visual journey through the African Diaspora.

“I tell traditional tales from Africa, from African-American culture, and from the African Diaspora. My tales of Social Justice include the Voices of the Enslaved and of Abolitionists who fought against slavery in the United States.”      – Vanessa Johnson

Come learn more at Johnson’s artist talk on April 28, 2023 beginning @7pm with reception to follow.

Admission is free RSVP

Exhibition on view: March 20th – May26th

Resilience: A Polemic Memoir of AIDS, Bears, and F*cking

     Les K. Wright recounts his journey as a contemporary gay Candide. From grassroots activist to a member of the “forgotten generation” of long-term AIDS survivors, he recounts his struggles in academia, and with alcoholism, all the while searching for love and self-knowledge.

     LES K. WRIGHT is an author, activist, bear historian, and founding member of the GLBT Historical Society San Francisco. He holds an M.A. from the University of Tübingen and an M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Now professor emeritus of literature, he remains active as an independent scholar and photographer. He currently resides in upstate New York. 

Bearskin Lodge Press P.O. Box 122  Cortland, NY 13045 +1 347 907 5308 

Train to Care - A Hands-On Practicum in Caregiving
Wednesday May 3rd, 
6:00pm-7:30pm, at Silver Fox, 22 E Genesee St, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Presented By: Silver Fox Program Manager and RN trainers 
The physical burden of caregiving can be difficult and even hazardous as the needs progress. Daily caregiving tasks such as dressing or bathing or transferring and communicating throughout can be frightening and frustrating for all. This I-Care class will be a hands-on practicum demonstrating methods and techniques to help you and your loved one stay safe while you care for them through the physical demands of caregiving. **Please Note** Caregivers are encouraged to bring loved one to this class so that you can learn and practice together right there and staff can tailor things according to your specific needs. 

Participants will learn the following and more: 

  • Techniques to help support your loved ones as they stand, sit, or are transferred to a wheelchair, toilet or bed

  • Proper use of a gait belt to help with transfers 

  • Methods to help dressing and undergarment changes with less stress 

  • Effective ways to communicate through language and touch to allow your loved one a sense of control 




Contact: Kimberly Connell, Caregiver Support Specialist at (315) 435-2362 Ext. 4693 or

Services You May Need BUT Don't Know About - Aging & Caregiving

Thursday, May 4th from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Community Wesleyan Church, 112 Downer Street, Baldwinsville

Presenters: Project Directors, Supervisors & Staff of the Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services

Learn about the Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services

  • Caregiver Services

  • Long Term Care Resources

  • Nutrition Services

  • Home Care (EISEP - Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program)

  • Senior Services such as HEAP, SNAP, Transportation, Neighborhood Advisors, HIICAP -Health Insurance Information Counseling & Assistance Program 
    The formal presentation will be followed by an open forum for questions and answers with staff.   

Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention - Participants Meet Twice a Week for 8 Weeks for a One Hour Session

Online Zoom Classes - the link will be emailed to all registered participants.  Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 -11:30 am
Begins Monday, May 1, 2023 and continues until Monday June 26, 2023. 

Tai Chi is the ancient practice that combines slow moving with deep breathing. Benefits of Tai Chi for Arthritis: Increase strength, balance and posture, Prevent falls, Improve mind, body and spirit, Reduce stress and increase relaxation

This program targets people living with arthritis. Medical studies have shown that Tai Chi relieves pain and improves the quality of life for people living with arthritis, though participants do not need to have arthritis to participate.

Registration Required: CLICK HERE for online registration link or


Community Orgs
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CNY Pride offers programs and events to encourage, empower, and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and their friends, families, and supporters. CNY Pride organizes the Pride March and Festival and other events throughout the year.

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Black Cuse Pride brings people together into a  unified and fully reflected community. The organization creates events and activities which stimulate capacity-building, empowerment and respect. Through BCP Lesbian, Gay, Bi- Sexual, Trangender, and Queer have a voice!

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The Cortland LGBT Resource Center  creates a visible and empowered community through education, advocacy, resource enhancement, and linkages to essential services for all LGBTQ  people, as well as their families and other supportive communitymembers. More info:


LGBTQ Booth New York State Fair

FAIRNY, Fairness Alliance and Information Resources, New York, hosts  LGBTQ  booth at the New York State Fair. The booth is a highly visible space that welcomes the general public as well as members of the LGBTQ community, as we work to promote inclusion and diversity through educational information and resources. For more info see

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Inclusive Care & Services at Upstate offers an affirming space for primary care to the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender care, regardless of HIV status. More info:


Q Center at ACR Health Located in CNY and the North Country, Q Centers offer safe place to gather for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, their families and allies. Q Center programs promote equality, celebrate diversity, and provide resources. More info:


The Syracuse Gay and Lesbian Chorus is a community chorale ensemble of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their allies performing an eclectic and entertaining choral music which reflects the diverse nature of our community.

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The Syracuse University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Resource Center seeks to be a campus and regional leader delivering support, community, and education around marginalized genders and sexualities, and the complex intersections of our multiple identities.


Vera House prevents, responds to and partners to end domestic and sexual violence and other forms of abuse. Programs address needs of both older adults and LGBT people, as well as other groups in the larger culture.

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Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY: LGBT Rights Program. A non-profit legal aid organization that provides free legal information, assistance, and representation in civil legal matters to low-income people. Our mission is to provide equal access to justice to those in need. More info: 

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