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PLANNING CONTINUES FOR FUTURE FUNDING OF HIV/AIDS CARE SERVICES
Nearly $5.5 million will be available for HIV/AIDS care services in King County in 2009 and 2010. Starting next week, the Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council will begin the process of deciding what types of services will be funded with the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act, Part A funds.

A committee of the Planning Council comprised of consumers and service providers will use data from a variety of sources, including an assessment of need which surveyed over 500 consumers and 100 providers, to determine funding levels of services. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meetings and join in the discussions. Meetings will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on seven Mondays. Meetings scheduled for March 17, 24, 31, April 7, and May 5, will be held at 2100 24th Ave. S. Meetings schedule for April 21 and 28, will be held at 401 5th Ave, Room 121. After the approval of the funding plan by the full Planning Council, interested parties will have 30 days to provide comments. The Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council is the local decision-making body that determines how federal funds will be awarded for HIV/AIDS care service delivery in King County. For more information on the Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council, visit: www.metrokc.gov/health/apu/pc. If you have questions about this funding process, contact Jesse Chipps at 206-205-5511 or jesse.chipps@kingcounty.gov.

STAND-UP COMEDY AT COMEDY UNDERGROUND TO BENEFIT SAFE SCHOOLS COALITON
On Tuesday, April 1, doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., the Comedy Underground, 222 S. Main St., in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood, hosts "Laugh OUT Loud," a benefit for the Safe Schools Coalition, featuring a hysterical, smart group of comics known at Non-Profit Comedy. Tickets are $10 advance; $12 at the door. Youth tickets are half-price. Half of everyone's ticket goes directly to SSC. The entire amount for tickets sold but not used goes to the Coalition. For tick-ets, contact mailto:laughOUTloud_benefit@safeschoolscoalition.org. Questions: 296-4970, www.safeschoolscoalition.org.

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES HOST COMMUNITY SQUARE DANCE
Puddletown Squares, Seattle's square dance club for Gays, Lesbians, and their friends, is having a Community Square Dance with caller Neil Smith on Satur-day, March 29, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Tibbetts Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave. S.W. Everyone is welcome; no experience is necessary. Grab your friends, wear comfy clothes and shoes, and come on over. The Community Dance is an excellent way to try out square dancing and other dances such as mixers, circle dances, traditional dances, contras, trios, and mecolanzas. The caller will teach all the moves first, and then everyone dances those calls.

For more information on this event, please contact Jonica at puddledancer@comcast.net. www.puddletowndancers.org.

RAINBOW CITY BAND HOSTS COLOR GUARD CLINIC AND INFORMAL GATHERING FOR PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBERS
On March 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Rainbow City Band hosts a clinic for new or experienced color guards who are or might be interested in spinning a flag in this year's community parades. The group will meet in Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., on the north side of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Equipment will be supplied. Those interested in joining may participate in part or all of the clinic. No experience is necessary.

On April 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Rainbow City Band hosts an informal gathering at Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway Ave. E., for prospective band members. Band members will be available to answer questions about the band and its 2008 rehearsal and performance schedule. For more information, visit www.rainbowcityband.com.

FERRON & IRINA RIVKIN PERFORM IN BELLINGHAM TO BENEFIT AT-RISK TEENAGE GIRLS IN WHATCOM COUNTY
On Saturday, March 29, 7:00 p.m., the Unitarian Church, 1708 "I" St., Bellingham, host noted singers and songwriters Ferron and Irina Rivkin in a benefit per-formance to raise funds to provide guitars and guitar lessons to at-risk teenage girls in Whatcom County. Tickets are $20 advance with discounts for seniors, stu-dents and children; all door tickets are $25. To listen to Ferron and Irina Rivkin and for more information, visit www.girlsneedguitars.net/currentevents or call 360-1371.

SEATTLE FRONTRUNNERS HOST BENEFIT FOR LAMBERT HOUSE & GAY CITY AT REACT THEATRE
On Saturday, March 29, at 8:00 p.m., enjoy a performance of Prelude to a Kiss by Gay playwright Craig Lucas, at the Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave. S. (at S. Jackson St.) with a special reception following the performance, with proceeds benefiting Lambert House and Gay City Health Project. Benefit tickets are $20 each. Go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/25980 and select the March 29 performance date and click "Begin Order." Type "Frontrunners" in the "Dis-count Code" field. Click "Show Additional Prices" and order your tickets. ($1.49 will be added per ticket for Internet service fee.) Online orders can be picked up at will-call at the theatre the night of the event. If you cannot attend on the 29th, you may purchase benefit $20 ticket vouchers in advance for any other performance by emailing Linda Baker at lindabak@hotmail.com.

LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS HOST DIM SUM GET-TOGETHER
On Sunday, March 30, 12 noon to "whenever," join the Log Cabin Republicans of Washington for dim sum at the China Gate Restaurant, 516 7th Ave. S. Join host Ken and other LGBT Republicans for this event.

IN THE LIFE PRESENTS "VOICES OF SISTERHOOD"
On Sunday, March 30, at 12 midnight, KCTS-TV, Channel 9, broadcasts In the Life's March episode, "Voices of Sisterhood." "Always at the forefront of the mod-ern LGBT movement, women have shaped its perception and given it voice. This month's In the Life, "Voices of Sisterhood," celebrates Women's History Month with a collection of stories honoring the struggles, triumphs, and art of LGBT women around the world.

QLAW PRESENTS CLE EVENT ON GLBT ELDER LAW
On Monday, March 31, Professor Lisa Brodoff of Seattle University School of Law and attorneys Jeff Crollard and Eric Brunstrom will present an informative and useful CLE (continuing legal education event) titled "No Country for Aging GLBTs" on issues pertinent to our growing population of older LGBT persons, such as long-term care for LGBT couples, rights of residents in care facilities, incapacity, and death. As the GLBT population ages, practitioners in any area will benefit from knowing the issues that their clients will face.

The CLE will be held from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the offices of Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC, 1420 5th Ave, Ste 2800 in the City Centre build-ing in downtown Seattle. The CLE is free for QLaw members and $10 for nonmembers. Limited to 35 attendees. This event is open to the general public. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Peter Chu at peter.chu@cojk.com (mailto:peter.chu@cojk.com) or 206-695-1636.

SU & UW OUTLAWS PRESENT PUBLIC EDUCATION FORUM ON FINANCIAL & ESTATE PLANNING FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS
GLBT law students from Seattle University and the University of Washington present two community forums on financial and estate planning for domestic part-ners. The FREE forums will be held on Tuesday, April 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at UW School of Law, William H. Gates Hall near Burke Museum (enter cam-pus on 17th Ave. NE off NE 45th St.) and on Friday, April 4, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Landes Room, 600 4th Ave. Speakers are Jacqueline Jacobson and Michael Heath of UBS Financial Services and Laura Hoexter and Misty Willits of Helsell Fetterman LLP.

SEATTLE OUT & PROUD SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS, PARADE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE, SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2008 GRAND MARSHALS
Seattle Out & Proud, organizers of Seattle's downtown LGBT Pride Parade, is seeking new board members. Send resume and cover letter to info@seattlepride.org or call 206-322-9561 for more information.

2008 Parade Applications will be taken online ONLY starting April 1 at www.seattlepride.org. Nominations for the Pride Parade's Grand Marshals are being sought. Nominees are selected based on their commitment and contributions to the community.

Deadline for submission is April 1.
There are four Grand Marshal positions available. The Male Grand Marshal title is awarded to a self-identified Gay, Bisexual or Transgender man (residing in King our surrounding counties); the Female Grand Marshall title is awarded to a self-identified Gay, Bisexual or Transgender woman (residing in King or surround-ing counties); the Honorary Grand Marshal title is awarded to a self-identified heterosexual, non-Transgender man or woman who has shown outstanding dedica-tion to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender causes to the LGBT community (there is no residency restriction); the Honorary Grand Marshal Organization may by any organization that has significantly contributed to the positive image or outlook of and has supported the Seattle LGBT community. To nominate an individual or organization, please email info@seattlepride.org and describe in 300 words or less why this nominee should be chosen as a 2008 Seattle Pride Parade Grand Marshall. Be sure to include the nominee's activities and accomplishments.

RISE N' SHINE HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL "BIG BAIL OUT"
On Wednesday, April 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Rise 'n Shine will hold their 10th annual "Big Bail Out" fundraiser at the Broadway Grill, 314 Broadway E., to raise money to send kids affected by HIV/AIDS to summer camp. If you'd like to contribute financially to this worthwhile effort, you can drop off a donation at the Broadway Grill on April 2 or make an on-line donation at www.risenshine.org. Or stop by the Broadway Grill on April 2 for lunch or dinner and make a contribution to the Broadway Grill team via your server. All participating teams (western outlaws booked into jail) and event organizers (sheriffs, judges, jailers) will be dressed in western gear for the event and participating teams will be soliciting funds from friends and family to raise enough "bail" to meet their financial/fundraising obliga-tions for this hilarious event and get out of "jail." www.risenshine.org

"MAKE ROOM FOR ART" PUBLIC FORUM TO FOCUS ON CAPITOL HILL
On Wednesday, April 2, at 5:00 p.m., Seattle City Council members will hold a public forum titled: "Make Room for Art: Cultural Overlay Districts for Seattle." A cultural overlay district is a land-use designation that allows cities to promote and preserve the arts in certain neighborhoods. The focus of the April 2 forum will be on whether to establish Capitol Hill as the City's first cultural overlay district. Should the Council offer incentives, such as tax credits, that encourage artistic activi-ties? Should the Council enact controls, such as design guidelines, that help preserve cultural spaces? Councilmembers will hear suggestions from Seattle resi-dents, representatives of arts and entertainment venues and organizations, property owners, developers, and other government officials. The forum will be held at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Bertha Knight Landes Room, First Floor. FREE; all welcome.

CENTER FOR LGBT HEALTH PRESENTS "EXPOSED" A CELEBRATION OF QUEER ARTISTRY
On Friday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m., The Center for LGBT Health presents "Exposed: A Celebration of Queer Artistry" at HaLo Studios, 500 E. Pike St. "Exposed" is an arts-based fundraising event that will feature the work of 20 of Seattle's talented Queer artists, as well as a spoken word showcase by Bent Arts. The exhibit will present a wealth of Queer art in a variety of media - visual, sculpture, ceramic and functional. All art on display will be available for purchase from the artists. 100% of the proceeds from specially designated pieces will directly benefit the Center. $30 Regular Tickets include admission to the exhibit, a no-host bar, and hors d'oeuvres through the evening; $50 VIP Tickets include a special preview with the artists before the opening reception, and hosted Stolichnaya cock-tails. Wendy Sloneker, event co-organizer, said "We're enthusiastic about this new artistic endeavor. Through the exhibit we hope to represent, celebrate, and re-flect local Queer artists and their works, processes, visions, and journeys in self-expression." Support the Center for LGBT Health (Gay City Health Project and Verbena Health) and Seattle's Queer arts community by attending the special event. www.gaycity.org; www.verbenahealth.org

GLBTQ WEDDING EXPO TO BE HELD
On Sunday, April 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., RainbowWeddingNetwork.com, will present the GLBTQ Wedding & Family Expo, Seattle's second Gay & Les-bian wedding show, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way. [The GSBA sponsored Seattle's first Gay Wedding Show on April 17, 2004.] Doz-ens of local wedding vendors are scheduled to participate, who actively support equal rights in marriage. Other highlights include music, ceremony tips, samples, fashion and informative presentations about issues concerning equality in marriage and adoption for the GLBTQ community. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

RAINBOW ASSISTANCE PROJECT PRESENTS "BEYOND LIMITS"
On Sunday, April 6, the Rainbow Assistance Project presents an afternoon of performance for and by LGBTQ elders and artists living with disabilities or chronic illness. The event will be held at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. (at E. Yesler St.), doors at 1:30 p.m., show at 2:00 p.m.. The event will feature drag performance, erotic spoken word, wheelchair dance, music and poetry to kick off the Rainbow Assistance Project. In order to make this event accessible to folks with chemical sensitivities, please do not wear perfume or cologne or other scented products at this event. Sliding scale donation: FREE to $20.

The Rainbow Assistance Project at Verbena Health is a program working through Volunteer Chore Services to provide safe, free household help to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex elders and people who experience disabilities and/or chronic illness. Volunteers identify as LGBTQIA and are trained by both VCS and Verbena. Volunteers gain experience in social services, participate in our communities, and get the benefit of knowing they are truly help-ing. If you need services, or would like to volunteer, please contact Verbena Health at info@verbenahealth.org or 206-323-6540.

QUEER TEEN ENSEMBLE THEATRE SEEKS LGBT TEENAGERS FOR SUMMER THEATRE PROJECT
Washington Ensemble Theatre (W.E.T.) will be offering full scholarships to LGBT teenagers and their friends to participate in this summer's Queer Teen Ensem-ble Theatre (QTET), a city-wide ensemble theatre project now in its second year. Led by W.E.T. collaborator, Jessica Hatlo, and W.E.T. associate ensemble member, Rhonda J. Soikowski, students will collaboratively write, rehearse and perform a play using their own stories and experiences surrounding identity. The curriculum includes workshops led by W.E.T. ensemble members and opportunities to be involved in all aspects of the production. Priority Application deadline is April 15. For more information and to download an application, visit www.washingtonensemble.org/qtet.

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: "ON THE WINGS OF WADADUGA: CHEROKEE TWO-SPIRIT LIVES"
Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer activist, poet, and scholar Qwo-Li Driskill is looking for other Cherokee Two-Spirits to tell their stories as part of a research project. "On the Wings of Wadaduga" is an effort to bring the stories and histories of Cherokee Two-Spirit, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer-identified peo-ple to other Cherokees and to the broader public. This research has a goal of publishing the collected stories and creating a public performance of and based on these stories. These stories may also be used in scholarly articles and publications. For more information or to participate contact Qwo-Li Driskill, Michigan State University, Rhetoric & Writing, 5 Olds Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 or email driskil3@msu.edu; www.dragonflyrising.com/wadaduga.php

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