Latest Event Updates

Sat., May 16 Garage Sale supports Pride

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In May, hundreds of bargain hunters will descend upon close-knit Pine City, Minn., for the annual citywide garage sale.  About 65 homes will host individual garage sales, and shoppers can walk or drive from sale to sale, securing deals on secondhand goods that might have otherwise ended up in the landfill or languished in storage.

One such sale’s proceeds will benefit East Central Minnesota Pride.  It is located in the garage of a town home at 922 7th Street SW, in Pine City, and a wide variety of items will be displayed for sale including, but not limited to, clothes, sporting equipment, electronics, toys and games, household items, furniture, books and gardening equipment.

East Central PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) of Mora will be on-hand with its popcorn wagon with fresh, buttered popcorn for sale.  There will also be a delicious bake sale with bars, brownies and cheese cakes.

The Pine City citywide Parade of Garage Sales begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Check the Advertiser May 10 or the May 14 edition of the Pioneer for a full listing, map of sale locations, and sale descriptions.

Pride Planning Committee Seeks New Members To Plan June 7 Pride Event

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For some, an annual picnic in the park isn’t enough. For those people, there is the East Central Minnesota Pride (ECMP) planning committee.  If you want to take an extra step in community building, changing hearts and minds about LGBT issues, and getting involved with your neighbors has a whole, consider attending an ECMP planning committee meeting.

The planning committee does the important work of putting on one of the few rural LGBT pride events… in the (gulp) world!  East Central Minnesota is comprised of Pine, Isanti, Chisago, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties, and the ideal planning committee would be made of of a good cross-section of members from each of the counties in the region.  The ECMP planning committee has generally had between 10 and 15 members, and has been a mix of people who identify as part of the LGBT community as well as straight allies.  To get involved, email john2690@umn.edu.

Volunteering for ECMP is a great way to get involved with your local LGBT community all while having a fun and rewarding time doing it. Some of the tasks of the committee members include:  coordination, public relations, outreach, entertainment lineup, food, setup, breakdown, and fundraising throughout the year.  ECMP began in 2005 and last year celebrated its 10th anniversary.

March in Pine County Fair Parade to support Pride in the region

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For the very FIRST time, East Central PFLAG is organizing a unit in this parade, the biggest in the region.  Theme:  “A Decade of Pride in East Central Minnesota”.  PFLAG is looking for volunteers to help decorate, walk, hold signs, etc.  Wear your rainbow bling to show your pride.  This is done in effort to thank the overwhelming majority of the Greater Pine City community that has welcomed Pride for 10 years.

The parade begins Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Despite washout forecast, sun shined on Pride

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Despite the ominous forecast, hundreds descended on Pine City’s Voyageur Park for the 10th annual pride.   Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Minnesota’s Small-Town Gay Pride!  A special thanks to the scores of volunteers who help make this event possible.

WCCO’s Edward Moody to Emcee 10th Anniversary Pride

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WCCO TALENT PHOTOS 201320140209051513!Blue_wcco_4_logoEdward Moody joined WCCO as a reporter and weekend anchor in August 2012.  Before that, he worked as a morning anchor in Duluth, Minn. and the people of East Central Minnesota came to love him in both markets.   Edward has covered everything from the Red Lake school shootings in northern Minnesota to the disappearance of IU student Lauren Spierer.   He has interviewed such notables as Caroline Kennedy, Operation Desert Storm commander Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf and Martin Luther King III.

He will emcee this year’s pride festivities which begin at Noon, Sunday, June 1.

Ex-Viking Esera Tuaolo will return to Pride; Hey Lonesome booked too!

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Pride 17The band lineup is set and Esera Tuaolo will return to perform at Pride for its tenth anniversary.  Last year, he sang for the first time on-stage his solo hit “Stronger”.  This year, the former Minnesota Viking is expected to energize the crowd with that hit and more!

New to the pride lineup is the bluegrass band Hey Lonesome!  Check out their website here for more info.

Check back for more details about who will be at Pride to help celebrate 10 strong years!