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COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at County Doctor Community Health Clinic, 500 19th Ave. E. offers primary and naturopathic care for the LGBTQ community every Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Providers have been serving the LGBTQ community for many years. Cost is sliding scale - no one turned away for lack of funds. For information and to make an appointment, call 206-299-1600.

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.

TRIANGLE RECREATION CAMP OPENING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
It's official! Triangle Recreation Camp is opening this weekend. According to TRC organizers, the condition of the campground has been improving rapidly since the driveway and parking lot were plowed last week. Fallen trees were cleared from roads and trails, the toilets were placed around the campground, and the footbridge crossing Trail 6 was once again erected. If you are planning on camping by the riverfront area, you might need to bring a shovel to break up the snow. Once broken up it melts quickly (overnight). For complete information, visit www.camptrc.org.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP
The Q-Squared Book Group will meet this Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. The book to be discussed this month is Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. Q-Squared Book Group is open to anyone who is interested in Gay literature and is actively seeking new members. Those interested in joining the group can go to www.qsquared.org and follow the links to the book group. The book for next month is The Pace of Dead Roads by William Burroughs.

ENTRE HERMANOS PRESENTS THE 2008 LATINO PAGEANT
On Saturday, May 24, Entre Hermanos presents the 2008 Latino Pageant at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at E. Seneca St., starting at 6 p.m., with dinner and a no-host bar. This annual pageant is the signature event for Entre Hermanos, bringing the Latino LGBT community (and friends) together in a wonderful celebration. The pageant culminates in the selection of a King, Queen and Lesbian Queen, who go on to represent the organization in the coming year, creating visibility and a positive image for Entre Hermanos. The spirit of the Latino Pageant is to provide a framework for celebration, recognition of our true diversity and acceptance upon which our work as an organization revolves. This pageant brings youth and adult together to socialize and provides an opportunity to meet new people and find a space where sexual diversity is our greatest value. The pageant seeks to "recognize the talent and exuberance of Latino culture and our desire to succeed and take our place in the spectrum of cultures living in this community." The pageant also provides an opportunity for Entre Hermanos to recognize those people and institutions that have worked on behalf of the Latino LGBT community. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15 and are available in advance at the Entre Hermanos office, 1505 Broadway, on by calling 206-322-7700.

MYPARTNER.COM PRESENTS SEATTLE'S MOST ELIGIBLE GAY BACHELOR PARTY
On Wednesday, May 28, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., eligible Seattle area Gay bachelors will gather at the W Hotel Seattle, 1112 Fourth Ave., to meet, mingle, and just maybe, find the man of their dreams. Patrick Perrine, the president of the Gay matchmaking website, myPartner.com, and host of the May 28th event, says, "This will be a great way for us to show everyone how our matchmaking system works, and have a little fun at the same time. Everyone comes to the party single, but not everyone will leave that way." For complete details on this FREE event and to find out about myPartner.com's United States-wide "America's Most Eligible Gay Bachelor" contest, visit www.mypartner.com

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BOTTLENECK
On Wednesday, May 28, from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Eli Rosenblatt, founder and lead vocalist of the Seattle-based salsa band Picoso, brings his unique musical styling to the BottleNeck Lounge, 2328 E. Madison St. His songs bridge the musical gap between the U.S., the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. Eli performs in both Spanish and English and his solo show reflects his penchant for Afro-Cuban rhythms and Eastern European melodies. The BottleNeck Lounge is a 21+ venue. www.bottlenecklounge.com

NOMINATE A PIERCE COUNTY LGBT COMMUNITY LEADER
In its second year, Pride Foundation's Pierce County LGBT Community Awards will be held on as part of Tacoma's 2008 Pride Week. The awards honor individuals and organizations whose efforts have had a positive effect on the LGBTQ and allied community of Pierce County. Pride Foundation is seeking nominations for these community awards. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, May 29. For complete details, visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 206-323-3318. This year's awards ceremony will be held on Friday, July 11, at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club, 502 Borough Road, starting at 7 p.m., the night before Tacoma's Pride Celebration "Out in the Park!" The event is free and open to the public.

FUNDRAISING HOUSE PARTY FOR JUDGE JEAN RIETSCHEL
On Thursday, May 28, from 6:00 p.m-ish to 7:30 p.m., join Sarah Luthens and partner Heather, and co-hosts Bill Dubay, Marsha Botzer, Neil Powers and Rita Smith, to meet and support Judge Jean Rietschel in her re-election bid to the King County Superior Court. Come find out why so many LGBTQ people and others advocating for social justice are strongly supporting Jean in this contested election. The event will be held in South Seattle (near Martin Luther King, Jr. Way & S. Massachusetts). This is a fundraiser, so please bring your checkbook. Light appetizers will be served. To RSVP and get directions, email sarahluthens@gmail.com.

LIBERATION MINISTRIES CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY
Liberation Ministries is celebrating its First Year Pastor and Church Anniversary on Friday, May 30, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m., at Epiphany Parish of Seattle, 1805 38th Ave., in the old Chapel building, just off 38th Ave. & E. Denny Way. Liberation Ministries is a radically inclusive, multicultural congregation with a charismatic worship experience. Founded by Rev. Darrell L. Goodwin, the mission of Liberation is to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to those that are physically, mentally, and spiritually captive, and to open the mental prisons of those that are bound. The Friday Night Service will feature Guest Minister Rev. Freda Lenoix from Los Angeles and the Sunday Anniversary Worship Service will feature Guest Minister Rev. Wayne from Boston. A Fellowship Dinner and Celebration immediately follows the Sunday Service. Kabby Mitchell III will perform Fix Me Jesus, a dance solo; short film clips from Liberation Ministries Consecration service will be shown; the Liberation Ministries & Praise Team with special guest soloist will perform. All are welcome.

CHURCH CAMP & RETREAT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY, FRIENDS & FAMILY
A church camp or 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 20 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 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.

DIVERSE HARMONY PRESENTS "AWAKE!" - FREE SPRING CONCERT
On Friday, May 30, Diverse Harmony, the nation's first Gay-Straight Alliance Youth Chorus, will present a FREE concert at 8 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Seneca St. "Awake!" is a remembrance. "Awake!" is a celebration. "Awake!" is a call to examine our relationship with the past and appreciate our relationship with the present. "Awake!" is a musical collage that journeys from a dark past, through a better today, and into a hopeful tomorrow. "Join us for a moving evening of diverse young voices lifted in song to celebrate where the journey has led us thus far." www.DiverseHarmony.org.

IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR PRESENTS "WINTER SOLDIER NORTHWEST"
To raise awareness about the reality of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War have planned a day of speaking out and protesting against the wars on May 31, noon to 4 p.m., at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. IVAW is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that rallies around three causes: an immediate and unconditional end to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, reparations to the Iraqi and Afghani people for destroyed life and property caused by occupying forces, and full funding for the Veterans Administration so returning veterans get the state-of-the-art medical treatment and facilities they deserve.

The speakers will be arranged in one of three panels. The first panel will consist of veterans and military families. The second panel will consist of students, labor organizers, and Arab/Muslim Americans. The second panel will include guest speaker Antonia Juhasz, author of The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time. The third panel will address the future of GI resistance and will include recorded messages from war resisters living in Canada.

"VISIONS FROM OUR ANCESTORS" NATIVE ARTS & CRAFTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL AT LANGSTON HUGHES
On Saturday, May 31, Spinning Wind Productions presents a celebration of Native art, crafts and performance, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S. Enjoy performances by Native artists, including the Unangaz Dancers, drummers, a flutist, spoken word, and the Red Eagle Soaring Youth. Enjoy Native arts and crafts, including beading, leather work, jewelry, and carvings. Admission is $10, which includes one free raffle ticket toward the raffle of a Native arts and crafts piece made by an artist in the show. Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase. Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. This event features work and performance by both Two-Spirit and Non-Two-Spirit Natives.

"BAILEY-BOUSHAY HOUSE: A LIVING HISTORY" AT SIFF
On Saturday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m., the Seattle International Film Festival will premiere the documentary short, Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History, at SIFF Cinema, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. The 32-minute film follows the story of a grassroots effort to build the first skilled nursing facility in the U.S. that was planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. While there have been numerous documentaries about the AIDS crisis over the past 25 years, Bailey-Boushay House: A Living History looks at the impact of the epidemic through the lens of one community and one facility. In doing so, it provides an intimate portrayal of the unrelenting devastation that the early days of AIDS brought and, more importantly, the courage one community had to do something about it.

QUEER CONTROL RECORDS "PASS THE TORCH" TOUR FEATURES RISING QUEER BANDS
On Saturday, May 31, the Queer Control Records "Pass the Torch" Tour arrives in Seattle for a one-night stand at The Doomnest, 2920 E. Olive St. - $5 cover, show begins at 8 p.m. The QCR artists that will be participating in the tour include Pariah Piranha, a Queer girl band from York, PA; Tough Tough Skin, a Trans-guy band from Minneapolis; 8 Inch Betsy, a Queer girl band from Chicago; Fruit Punch, a Queer punk band from Philadelphia; and Oi-Gays, a Queer girl band from San Francisco. www.queercontrol.com.

WASHINGTON STATE STONEWALL DEMOCRATS HOST FUNDRAISER FOR PHYLLIS HUSTER
On Sunday, June 1, the Washington State Stonewall Democrats host a fundraising party for State Senate candidate Phyllis Huster, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Capitol Hill. Huster, a resident of Snoqualmie, WA, recently launched her campaign for State Senate in the 5th Legislative District, which includes Covington, Fall City, Issaquah, Maple Valley, North Bend, Sammamish and Snoqualmie. Huster, a passionate advocate for social justice for all, has a proven record of problem solving as a 20-year telecommunications executive and former Microsoft procurement manager. Huster's focus for the 5th District are fiscal responsibility, transportation options, affordable healthcare, higher pay for teachers, 100% funded schools and sustaining the environment. Dress for this event is casual. Come and bring all your LGBTQI and straight ally friends. RSVP to Rod at rodh@mac.com for directions.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY LAUNCHES BOOK DISCUSSION AND STUDY GROUPS
The Freedom Socialist Party will be sponsoring three "Rebel Reading Circles" beginning in June. Share ideas as you study Viva la Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance, written by Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish. Discover a wealth of little-known information about campus, farmworker and Chicana feminist organizing at the University of Washington, in the Yakima Valley, and in the Seattle community. Examine the strategies used in historic labor strikes and boycotts. The three FREE study groups will meet twice a month. Come to any or all session and choose the time and location that best fits your schedule: Sunday, June 1 - 900 Hiawatha Pl. S., 1st & 3rd Sundays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Monday, June 2 - New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, June 11 - Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 206-722-2453; FSPseattle@mindspring.com; www.socialism.com.

SEATTLE TENNIS ALLIANCE HOSTS NORTHWEST CUP TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2008
On Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Seattle Tennis Alliance presents the Northwest Cup, an annual team tennis competition featuring the best Gay and Lesbian players in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC. This year, the tournament returns to Seattle and Seattle Tennis Alliance wants to bring the Cup home. See some great tennis, meet new friends, nosh on some great appetizers courtesy of Seattle Tennis Alliance and Thomas St. Bistro and cheer our team to victory. The tournament will be held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center indoor tennis courts at the University of Washington (parking is free after noon both days). The Seattle Tennis Alliance is a not-for-profit corporation charged with providing great tennis and social events and programming for the Seattle area LGBT community and their friends. On the web at http://sta.clubexpress.com.

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