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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

TRANSLATIONS: SEATTLE'S TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES THROUGH MAY 11
Gender Odyssey and Three Dollar Bill Cinema are proud to present the third annual "Translations: Seattle's Transgender Film Festival," providing the Pacific Northwest with a showcase for film by, for and about Transgendered and GenderQueer people. The Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., will screen films beginning at 5 p.m. each day. For complete information on the festival, visit www.genderodyssey.org.

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10 a.m. to noon, community volunteers will be picking up litter, cleaning windows, painting over graffiti, and removing outdated posters from light poles on 15th Ave.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.

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 - www.espritconf.com.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE "RAY OF SUNSHINE" HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE CONCERT
On Monday, May 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St., Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents the world premiere of "Ghetto Songs," a bold new MOR commission by Paul Schoenfield, based on the Yiddish poetry of the Krakow Ghetto's "troubador," Mordecai Gebirtig, with composer Schoenfield at the piano, baritone Morgan Smith (For a Look or a Touch), and MOR debuts of mezzo soprano Angela Niederloh and ACT Theatre's Kurt Beattie as the narrator! The program also includes Yiddish choral music performed in Terezin, sung by the Northwest Boychoir; and works by David Stock, Erwin Schulhoff, and Egon Ledec. Tickets are $36 and are available at 206-365-7770 or www.musicofremembrance.org and at the door.

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's mission is to promote and encourage written and spoken word among LGBTIQ people and in our communities. www.bentwriting.com.

POZSEATTLE TURNS NINE
On Wednesday, May 14, POZSeattle, a non-profit social organization for Seattle-area HIV positive men and their friends, is celebrating its 9th anniversary at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave., at E. Pine St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The popular monthly socials held the second Wednesday of each month are free and provide HIV-positive guys with a safe and fun space to mix, mingle, and chat. The summer socials feature a BBQ on the Cuff patio complete with hamburgers, chips, and all of the fixings and happy hour prices at the bar. For more information about POZSeattle and the monthly socials at the Cuff - www.pozseattle.org.

CHURCH CAMP RETREAT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY, FRIENDS & FAMILY - REGISTER BY MAY 15
A church camp retreat for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning persons and their friends and family is planned for May 30-June 1 at Pilgrims Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard. The camp will explore how we experience "loss" in our lives as well as what we have "found" as a result of being or loving a sexual minority.

This camp is being re-started after a seven-year absence and has been named "Mary's Camp" in honor of Mary Dougherty who founded the camp twenty years ago. The camp is affiliated with the Washington/North Idaho Conference of the United Church of Christ, but you do not have to be a UCC member or affiliated with any church to attend.

Dave Shull, a UCC minister currently serving Spirit of Peace UCC in Sammamish and a social worker at The Recovery Cafe, a Belltown center for community and healing for persons trying to stay in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, will facilitate the weekend.

The weekend will offer participants the chance to explore the parables of being lost, finding, and being found in Luke's Gospel. Music and poetry, conversation and silence will also help campers to touch the losses and the gifts, the aches and the surprises, the emptiness and the wholeness, and the growth and the healing which are part of living as a sexual minority or loving those who are sexual minorities.

The $110 registration fee includes meals, a bed and linens, washcloth and towel, facilitator, musician and miscellaneous supplies. There is some money available for scholarships. Go online at www.pilgrimsfirs.org by May 15 to register or contact one of the co-directors: Sue Paules, 425-939-9559, paules07@comcast.net or Heidi erdmann, 253-537-1979, angelsmom@foxinternet.com. Space is limited and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

FOURTH ANNUAL SEATTLE CHEESE FESTIVAL AT PIKE PLACE MARKET
On Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Pike Place Market hosts the fourth annual Seattle Cheese Festival. Come taste more than 250 artisan cheeses from around the world at the Cheese Showcase along the cobblestone streets. $1 admission fee for unlimited tasting; proceeds benefit the Seattle Cheese Festival. Cooking classes and seminars will be held on Friday, May 16. Visit www.seattlecheesefestival.com for complete information.

SYTTENDE GAY 2008
On Saturday, May 17, Kwanchai - jonathan mathews design group presents Seattle's third annual Syttende Gay, Seattle's first Gay Scandinavian celebration, hosting two events in celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day (aka Grunnlovsdag). Bal Mar, 5449 Ballard Ave. N.W., hosts the first event from 2-6 p.m. (doors at noon) with an inspiring contemporary Norwegian decor provided by Kwanchai. Bal Mar will be a great place from which to view Ballard's Syttende Mail Parade that kicks off at 3 p.m. Enjoy Happy Hour Scandinavian drinks specials and Scandinavian-inspired appetizers. DJ Randy Schlager will be spinning energetic club hits from Norway and Sweden.

Purr Cocktail Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. E., hosts the second event, starting at 9 p.m. Kwanchai - jonathan mathews design group will also be transforming this venue with a Norwegian decor. Enjoy Scandinavian inspired drink specials throughout the evening and Purr's resident Saturday Night DJ will be spinning Scandinavian club hits to entertain the crowd late into the night. www.kwanchai.net

Syttende Mai, the 17th of May Festival, has been celebrated in Seattle since 1889 with proclamations, speeches and a parade. The parade and related activities are held in Ballard each year with recent turnouts of over 15,000 people, This year's Grand Marshall is Norway's top song vocalist Hanne Krough, who performed at Oslo's Pride 2007 Festival. For complete information on the Ballard parade and festivities, visit www.syttendemaiseattle.com.

MEN OF ALL COLORS & CULTURES TOGETHER HOST POTLUCK
On Saturday, May 17, MACCT/Seattle is hosting a Mexican-themed potluck, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Magnolia. Cost is $5.00 for non-members. For details, call 206-923-8313 or email macctseattle@yahoo.com. www.macctsea.org.

GLITTERBOMB! PRESENTED BY Q-SQUARED MEN
On Saturday, May 17, Q-Squared Men presents GLITTERBOMB! at CHAC (Capitol Hill Arts Center), 1621 12th Ave., starting at 9 p.m. GLITTERBOMB! is a high-energy dance party focused around music, unique experiences and is a massive glitter attack on the Seattle social scene. The night will be hosted by Aleksa Manila and will include performances by the West End Boys with special guests, SoulChilde, Miss Bebe Doll and hot music spun by DJ LA Kendall. Those looking for more entertainment can retreat to the exclusive Sparkle Lounge to relax to chill sounds by DJ Bret Law. The night will include many surprises and will be an amazing evening of energy, music and community!

Tickets are $20/$25 at the door. A limited number of Sparkle Lounge Passes are available for $35/$40 at the door (which includes general admission). The Sparkle Lounge Pass grants unlimited access to the exclusive Sparkle Loung and other surprises. Co-produced by the Night Shift and Q-Squared men, GLITTERBOMB! is the first in a new series of events designed to foster healthy connections and social interactions in the clubs and at night.

The Q-Squared mission is to improve the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health of sexual minority men by building a stronger sense of community, increasing individual responsibility, and improving self-esteem. This amazing, volunteer-driven organization sponsors CAMP, Q-Spring, monthly book club, and many other events throughout the years.

For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thenightshiftpresents. Advance tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/32738. Q-Squared Men is at www.qsquared.org.

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.

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 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.

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 21 - June 25, 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 & WA STATE GSA NETWORK PRESENT 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 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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