Apr 30

Spring Fling!

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Out & Sober Minnesota is thrilled to present

“The Sponsorship Game”

at PRIDE Institute’s annual Spring Fling!

Do you need a service work opportunity?

Wanting to work your program?

Is your sponsor nagging you to start sponsoring?

Join us

Thursday, May 12

6 to 9 PM

PRIDE Institute

14400 Martin Dr., Eden Prairie, MN

We are looking for prospective sponsors. This game is just like “The Dating Game,” except potential sponsees ask the questions!

A panel of prospective sponsors answers the questions and eventually the contestant chooses a temporary sponsor. The winning sponsor/sponsee pair receive a gift card to a local coffee shop to use at their first meeting.

Sign up here to save your space for The Sponsorship Game!

Mar 03

Meditation Workshop

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
2 to 5 PM
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Meditation can be an important part of a program of recovery, however, there is a lot of confusion about what meditation is, and what is isn’t. Meditation is different for everyone and there is no “right” way to practice.

Join Out & Sober Minnesota for a workshop aimed at clearing up confusion around the practice of meditation. Randy Miranda, who will be facilitating this workshop, has been a regular presenter at local treatment centers on the topic of meditation. He also is a yoga and pilates instructor as well as a wellness coach. The workshop will consist of a presentation followed by some meditation practices and followup discussions. There will also be plenty of time questions at the end.

We have also arranged for a couple members of the community to speak briefly about the role meditation has played in their recovery.

Don’t miss this chance to have your questions about meditation answered by an authority on the subject.

Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. You are welcome to bring a pillow to sit on, however all meditation excercises may be done seated in a chair. You may also want to bring a journal if you would like to jot down anything that comes up for you in the workshop.

Water, juice and healthy snacks will be provided

The first 40 people to show up will receive a complimentary copy of “Attitude Adjustments” a guided meditation CD.

To R.S.V.P. click here!


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Health, wellness and mindfulness are important aspects in Randy’s life. He finds joy in guiding those who accept the significance of the sacred triangle – the integration of mind, body and spirit. Randy believes in listening to your body and honoring where you are in the moment; to being open to feeling the gift that each practice and pose offers. He is keen about attention to detail and wants each student to learn, grow and experience success. It is not the destination, but the journey that teaches us so much about ourselves.

On the practical side, Randy became a fitness instructor more than 15 years ago, teaching Body Pump and cycling at the YMCA. After many years playing racquetball, a knee injury caused him to re­evaluate his ownfitness goals. Desiring more strength and flexibility, he completed extensive training in Mat Pilates and Pilates/Yoga Fusion. He continued to expand his skills, receiving training in YogaFit, Tai Chi, meditation, Reiki and holistic nutrition. He recently left the world of marketing and communications to pursue these passions.

Away from the studio, music, theater, reading, travel and gardening are some of the ways he relaxes. Randy does some snowshoeing, but his favorite winter activity is snuggling up in front of a fireplace and reading. He prefers warmer weather, when he enjoys biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and camping. And he loves to get in a hot room for his daily yoga practice.

Jan 30

Have your say!

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Out & Sober MN: Have Your Say

As Out & Sober Minnesota grows as an organization that is dedicated to connecting and reconnecting LGBTQ addicts and alcoholics to community and fellowship by building healthy, clean and sober networks, we also want to be responsive to community needs.

Join our Programming Committee and share your ideas, insight and passion to connect others in the LGBTQ recovery community! Whether you’re new to recovery, have long-term sobriety or somewhere in between, we want to hear from you.

Join us at the following times:

Saturday, February 6, 2016 | 1 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, February 21 | 5 to 7 p.m.

The Nicollet Diner, 1428 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

For more information, email secretary@outandsoberminnesota.org


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Jan 30


Sno-Tubing Icon

Come for the adrenaline rush, stay for the fellowship and connection!

Saturday, Feb. 27

11:30 AM-4:30 PM
We’ll start boarding at the Plymouth Congregational Church parking lot (1900 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403) at 11:30 a.m. and be back by 4:30 p.m. We have a Lorenz Line coach bus that will hold 47 people comfortably.

Admission to Badlands Sno-Park (772 Kinney Rd., Hudson, WI) is $15 per person which will be collected when you register (click here). We are asking for an additional suggested donation of $10 per person to help defray the cost of the bus (collected on the bus)

Scholarships available (when you register, check “Scholarship”).



Sno-Tubing 2016

Jan 17

HIV in Recovery

Jan. 24, 2016

3 to 6 PM

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

511 Groveland Avenue

Minneapolis, MN

Join us to learn about living with HIV/AIDS in recovery.
We will have a panel discussion regarding current trends, new treatments, side-effects and the prevention of HIV. We’ll also discuss having healthy, fulfilling relationships when you’re HIV-positive or dating someone who is.





• Brief Presentation from people living with HIV in Recovery
• Round Table Discussion: Impact on Life, Current Treatments/Trends, Prevention, Truvada (PreP)
• Question & Answer
• Light snacks and refreshments will be provided

Jan 04

An Evening at Lullaby

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January 15, 2016

7:30 PM

The Ritz Theater

345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 


A play with music by Michael Elyanow, featuring music and lyrics by Garrison Starr, Chris Dallman, Curt Schneider and Michael Elyanow. Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen, music direction by Peter Morrow. Featuring Adelin Phelps, Annie Enneking, David Darrow and James Eckhouse.

In hopes of learning to play lullabies for her infant son, a widowed young mother seeks guitar lessons from a once almost-famous rocker. As the two very different women bond over tricky chords and haunted pasts, a hilarious and moving story of friendship and forgiveness emerges. Lullaby is a new play with alternative rock music that’s powerful and absolutely beautiful. In addition to original music from Michael Elyanow, the production features the music of national recording artists Garrison Starr and Chris Dallman.

Lullaby is also the first world premiere in Theater Latté Da’s major new work initiative. NEXT 20/20 is a five-year endeavor aimed at developing 20 new musicals or plays-with-music and shepherding many of them to full production.

There will be a post-play discussion with Al Updike (Hazelden), Michael Elynow and Jeremy B. Cohen. The discussion will focus on alcoholism and mental illness, prominent themes in the play.

For discount code, use: LULLABY15

Nov 30

Portland Holiday Party


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December 20

6:30 to 9:30 PM

Portland Sober House 3351 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Join Out & Sober Minnesota and Portland Sober House for a night filled with food, fellowship and festivities!

Nov 06

Queer Cuts for a Cause Benefit for Out & Sober Minnesota Nov. 29th

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November 29th 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Minnehaha Free Space
3747 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis


Get tense or stressed around this time of year when you may or may not have family gatherings to go to? The fall edition of Queer Cuts for a Cause is here and queer and ready to give some rad haircuts all while in the company of friendly community!This go around, QCFAC is happy to raise funds for Out and Sober Minnesota! $15-30 sliding scale haircuts (no one is turned away for lack of funds) will go toward this local cause so they can continue to do great work in the LGBTQ sober community and beyond.

Here’s a bit more about Out and Sober Minnesota: Out & Sober Minnesota is an organization dedicated to reconnecting LGBTQ addicts and alcoholics with the community and helping them build healthy, clean, and sober networks. They sponsor low or no cost social, educational, and informational events throughout the year and maintain a list of LGBTQ friendly recovery meetings throughout the Twin Cities area on their website.

At this Queer Cuts event you can expect…
-a chill, hangout vibe with friends and friendly community
-live acoustic music
-sliding scale merch (t-shirts and patches) that help keep QCFAC going
-talented local stylists who can give 20 min. on average clipper and trim cuts
-and MORE!

Keep checking back for more updates and spread the word and invite your friends :)



Oct 14

Thank you for coming out to MinneSober 2015!

thank-youA huge heartfelt thank you to all of you who were part of making MinneSober 2015 a great success!

We couldn’t have done it with out all of the attendees, speakers, facilitators, volunteers, silent auction donors and committee members.

Thanks for a great event!!!

Sep 29

Join us for MinneSober 2015!

MinnesoberWe are less than 2 weeks until the big event. Join us for workshops, speakers, entertainment, great food, and fellowship. This will be the best and biggest MinneSober ever. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Cost: $40 – Scholarships Available

To learn more about our event, visit the MinneSober page.

If you are able, please help us support our community and bring a non-perishable food item for The Exchange’s Queer Community Food Shelf.

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