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EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL LEAGUE 2008 SOFTBALL SEASON
Open Division games will be played primarily at the North SeaTac fields again this year, S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., and the Women's Division games will be played at the Lower Woodland Complex, Aurora Ave. N. & N. 59th St. For complete details about the league, including game times and field locations, see the league website at www.emeraldcitysoftball.org. In addition to regularly scheduled games, the league will also be hosting the Gay Softball World Series.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING MEALS VOLUNTEERS
Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth drop-in center, is currently seeking Meals volunteers for Monday nights. Meals volunteers plan the dinner menu, provide the ingredients and prepare a family-style dinner for 10-20 LGBTQ youth, ages 22 and under. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Kristina@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814.

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. The Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council has begun 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 p.m. to 6 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.

TRC GLBT CAMPGROUND OPENING FURTHER DELAYED DUE TO HEAVY SNOW
Triangle Recreation Camp (TRC) usually opens for Gay and Lesbian campers mid-April. But this year due to heavy snow the campground is forced to delay opening until May 17 - weather permitting. Last week the SGN reported that opening day would be this weekend. However, weather conditions have made it necessary to postpone opening for a few more weeks. For complete information on TRC and opening schedule, visit TRC at www.camptrc.org.

MARIJUANA LIBERATION MARCH AND BENEFIT CONCERT
The Marijuana Liberation March and Benefit Concert will be held in Seattle on Saturday, May 3. Assemble in Volunteer Park, 14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St., at noon. Starting at 1 p.m., march from Volunteer Park to 4th Ave. & Pine St. for a rally at 2 p.m at Westlake Park.

The Seattle event in support of medical marijuana use and legalizing marijuana is being held in conjunction with similar events in over 200 cities around the world. Enjoy a benefit concert in the evening from 7 p.m. to midnight at Sodo Pop Dance Club, 2424 1st Ave. S. $20 donation includes membership to NORML, the nation's leader on reforming marijuana laws. Proceeds benefit the Medical Marijuana Defense and Cascadia NORML. For tickets and more information, visit www.cannabismd.net.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL AUCTIONFEST
On Saturday, May 3, join Three Dollar Bill Cinema for "Some Like It Hot," an evening of dinner, dessert, film, and fabulous auction items, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center, Pier 66, 2211 Alaskan Way, on the Seattle waterfront. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a silent auction, followed by a sit-down dinner, hosted wine, and live auction. Tickets are $100 ($95 for Three Dollar Bill Cinema members). For complete information and to purchase tickets, visit www.seattlequeerfilm.org or call 206-323-4274.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY CELEBRATES MAY DAY WITH BOOK LAUNCH & READING
On Saturday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., author and activist Megan Cornish will talk about her new book, Viva la Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance, co-authored with Yolanda Alaniz. The volume, with a forward by educator Rodolfo Acuna, is the focus of festivities for May Day, the international worker's holiday. A zesty chicken mole supper will be served at 6 p.m. for a $9 donation. Hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party. Spanish translation available. For information, rides or childcare, call 206-722-2453 or email FSPseattle@mindspring.com. www.socialism. com

PEOPLE OF COLOR AGAINST AIDS NETWORK (POCAAN) MOVES TO CAPITOL HILL/ CENTRAL DISTRICT
On Monday, May 5, POCAAN opens their new offices at 1609 19th Ave., directly across the street from Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Their phone number remains the same, 206-322-7061. For more information about POCAAN, visit www.pocaan.org

TRANSLATIONS: SEATTLE'S TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL RUNS MAY 8-11
Gender Odyssey and Three Dollar Bill Cinema are proud to present the third annual Translations: Seattle's Transgender Film Festival. "Translations" provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for film for, by, and about Transgendered and GenderQueer people. On Thursday, May 8, a FREE screening of Re-Examined & Remade will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. From Friday, May 9, to Sunday, May 11, the festival will screen films at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., beginning at 5 p.m. each day. For complete information on the festival, including the schedule of films, visit www.genderodyssey.org.

CITY OF SEATTLE SEEKING NEW COMMISSIONERS FOR SEATTLE DESIGN COMMISSION
Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for new Seattle Design Commission members to fill upcoming vacancies in the landscape architect, engineer, and at-large positions. For complete details, visit www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/design_commission/overview. Deadline for application is May 12.

GSBA'S 18TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS DINNER
On Friday, May 9, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) presents "Connecting the Generations," their 18th annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave. Join MC Jennifer Self, MSW, Q Center Coordinator, University of Washington, for a gala dinner event honoring the 2008 GSBA Scholarship Recipients. Tickets: $75-GSBA Members, $90-Non-Members, $25-Students. Register online at www.thegsba.org or call 206-363-9188.

CAPITOL HILL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS 15TH AVE. STREET SWEEP
On Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, community volunteers will be picking up litter, cleaning windows, painting over graffiti, and removing outdated posters from light poles on 15th Ave. E., between E. Denny Way and E. Roy St. All cleaning supplies will be provided. Meet at the Group Health Courtyard, 15th Ave. E. & E. John St., to sign up, get a free T-shirt, enjoy Starbucks coffee and pastries and bagels from the Bagel Deli and enjoy some live music. Enjoy Piecora's New York Pizza and surprise entertainment at noon. Pre-registration is not required. Help clean-up 15th Ave. E. on Capitol Hill!

"FROM SAND TO SOLID GROUND" QUESTIONS OF FAITH FOR MODERN CHRISTIANS
On Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with sign-in at 9 a.m.), Call to Action Western Washington, will present a day-long seminar at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. (at E. Seneca St.).

"Many Christians are currently questioning what are regarded as 'essentials' of Christian faith. They find themselves caught in a domino effect. If I no longer believe this, then what about that ... and so on. The questioning is unavoidable, as is the discarding of some 'essentials.'

"Granted this, how can we articulate solid ground on which to stand and consider ourselves faithful to Jesus and the revolution in religious ideas and practices he wanted to see? How can we create the 'church' we want to experience?" Cost is $30. Bring your own lunch; snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information and to register, contact Tom and Betty Hill, 360-357-6207; tombethill@comcast.net.

THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE PRESENT "A MAD TEA PARTY"
On Sunday, May 11, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan, present a fundraising tea party to benefit Camp Ten Trees, a summer camp for LGBTQ youth and children of LGBT parents. Abbey Sisters and their Saints, Vic Janusz, Lili Armani, Tony Buff, Peggy Platt, Pure Cirkus, the Yellow Hat Band, and many other guest performers will preside over an afternoon of fun, games, gallons of tea and oodles of delectables at the D.A.R. Rainier Chapter House, 800 E. Roy St., commencing at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a live auction of desserts and other goodies and a hat auction (with the Mad Hatters' Hat Fashion show). Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.brownpaperticket.com or through Sister Babylon Anon at sisterbabylon@comcast.net. For more information, visit www.theabbey.org/madteaparty.html and www.camptentrees.org.

PRISM COMICS PARTY AT SEATTLE EAGLE
Prism Comics, a nonprofit that promotes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender comics, creators and readers, will host a community party at the Seattle Eagle, 314 E. Pike St., on Saturday, May 11, at 8 p.m. "We proudly welcome Prism Comics and LGBT comics fans and creators to the Eagle," said Eagle proprietor Keith Christensen. "We think it's great that Prism exists to celebrate the Queer comics community, and we are honored to join that celebration." The Seattle Eagle event will feature door prizes, comics visuals, drink specials, and a place for Queer comic book fans to mingle after the Seattle Emerald City ComiCon, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Northwest (May 10-11). http://prismcomics.org; www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.

"ESPRIT 2008" RETURNS TO PORT ANGELES
"Esprit 2008," the Pacific Northwest's premiere Transgender convention, returns to Port Angeles, WA, May 11-18. For complete information, visit www.espritconf.com

NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED QUEER POET ANDREA GIBSON HEADLINES BENT BENEFIT
On Tuesday, May 13, at 8 p.m. (door at 7:30 p.m.), Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, join Bent Writing Institute for an evening of fierce poetry, featuring nationally acclaimed Queer poet, Andrea Gibson. Gracing the stage with a showcase of Bent performers, Andrea joins Bent after placing first at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, just the latest in a string of victories on the international slam scene. Andrea Gibson is a Queer poet/activist whose work deconstructs the foundations of the current political machine, highlighting issues such as patriarchy, gender norms, white supremacy, and capitalist culture. Listen to her work and learn more at www.andreagibson. org. Bent Writing Institute's mission is to promote and encourage written and spoken word among LGBTIQ people and in our communities. www.bentwriting.com.

OUT IN FRONT HOSTS "WORK IT," A NETWORKING EVENT TO DEVELOP AN LGBT COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
State Senator Ed Murray is leading a networking event co-presented by GSBA and the Pride Foundation planned for May 15. The event, titled "Work It," is designed to gather input from prospective LGBT community leaders, as well as to make personal and professional connections among activists and leaders of all ages and perspectives. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cafe Metropolitain, 1701 E. Olive Way. Out in Front hopes the event captures a sense of the community's needs and desires for a leadership program in order to provide skills and techniques for future board members, executives, staff, and volunteers who can guide and support local and regional LGBT organizations to success.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GAY CITY UNIVERSITY
Get out your backpacks and sharpen your pencils because Gay City University is back! Join other Gay and Bi guys and Trans men at the Northwest School, 1415 Summit Ave., on Saturday, May 17, for a day of learning and fun at Gay City University 2008. This year's session brings brand new offerings and returning favorites. Choose from a variety of fascinating classes on sexuality, health, relationships, history, culture, finances and more.

GCU is $35 and includes FREE lunch (for students pre-registered by May 15). Full class listings and schedule details can be found online at www.gaycity.org. Scholarships are available to those in need. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and classes run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a graduation/after party at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., at 5 p.m. If this is your first Gay City University, bring a friend and experience the day together.

Gay City University's mission is to provide opportunities for growth and learning to Gay, Bisexual and Trans men in the Seattle area through non-graded classes and workshops offered in a safe and fun environment. Gay City University seeks to create a sense of community and to promote communication and self-esteem among Gay, Bisexual and Transgender men of all ages.

NORTHWEST NETWORK OFFERING RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse's is offering their Spring Relationship Skills Class, Wednesday evenings, May 21st - June 25th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Seattle Central Community College. This six-week course will explore the skills we need to build the relationships we want. Topics include: Identifying cultural norms and personal values;

accountability; expectations and negotiation; naming and setting boundaries; strengthening support networks and more! This class is open to all LGBTQ people regardless of relationship status or history. Class fee is $90 suggested donation, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, accessibility questions, or to register, contact deann at 206-568-7777 or deann@nwnetwork.org. Registration deadline is May 14. If you will require an ASL interpreter, please register by May 1. SCCC is wheelchair accessible.

GLSEN WASHINGTON STATE & THE WA STATE GSA NETWORK PRESENT THE 4TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON STATE GAY- STRAIGHT ALLIANCE BANQUET AND AWARDS CEREMONY
On Friday, May 23, join GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Washington State and the Washington State GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Network to celebrate the courageous youth and allies who are working to stop harassment and end homophobia in Washington's K-12 schools. Enjoy a buffet-style catered dinner, special guests, live entertainment, silent auction. KING 5 reporter Bernard Choi will emcee the event, State Rep. Jamie Pedersen will give the keynote speech, and Diverse Harmony, a Gay-Straight Alliance choir, will perform. The event will be held at Lakeside School, 14050 1st Ave. N.E., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Advance tickets are available at 1-800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call 206-330-2099 or visit www.glsenwa.org.

GAY CITY SEEKING LGBT ARTISTS, WRITERS AND CRAFTS PEOPLE
Gay City is currently seeking any and all LGBT artists to host workshops on a number of art forms. As part of their newly launched Peer Recovery Network, Gay City will be hosting local artists to spread their knowledge and share their art forms with the community. Whether it's painting, sculpting, dance, theatre, self-defense, puppetry, poetry, writing, spoken word, music, fashion design, crafts, photography, welding, carpentry& - whatever it may be, join Gay City in building community through art and camaraderie. For more information, contact Eleazar Juarez at eleazar@gaycity.org or 206-388-1707 or Robert Yoon at Robert@gaycity.org or 206-388-1704.

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