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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.

HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO RESHAPE HIV PREVENTION AMONG GAY MEN
HIV Is Still a Big Deal follows Josh, a young Gay man living in Manhattan, as he deals with everything from love and friendships to online hookups and unsafe sex. To view the first two episodes, go to www.hivbigdeal.org..

CAPITOL HILL JULY 4TH COMMUNITY PICNIC AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Friday, July 4th, from noon to 5 p.m., the Cal Anderson Park Alliance invites everyone to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy live music, outdoor fun and community at this sixth annual all-ages celebration. Cal Anderson Park is located between Nagle Place and 11th Ave. and between E. Pine St. and E. Denny Way on Capitol Hill.

LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE CARE TO SHOP FOOD DRIVE
Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong AIDS Alliance's food program, sponsors an on-going food drive program to provide bags of groceries to people living with HIV/AIDS in Seattle/King County. "Care to Shop" is held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the following stores: The first Saturday of the month at QFC, 416 15th Ave. E., Seattle; the second Saturday of the month at QFC, 417 Broadway E. (Broadway Market), Seattle; and the third Saturday of the month at Thriftway, 9740 S.W. Bank Rd., Vashon Island. They particularly need: cereal, canned tuna, canned meals (soup, stew, etc.), juice, canned beans, peanut butter, jam/jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, dry pasta, canned or jarred spaghetti sauce. Store gift cards and cash donations are also always appreciated. You can also help by organizing your own food drive at an office gathering or holiday party. For more information, call 206-328-8979.

QUEERS! GEARS! & CHEERS!
Queers! Gears! & Cheers! is hosting a FREE open bike shop and clinics on Tuesday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 22, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The events will be held at King St. House, 1643 S. King St. (Go around back on right hand side.) All skill levels welcome. Drop in and work on your bike in a Queer-identified space. Tools and helpful hands provided. All identities welcome. Queers! Gears! & Cheers! is a not-for-profit volunteer-run collective aimed at creating a more visible Queer presence in Seattle's bike culture and providing a fun, safe environment for underrepresented folks to become empowered through the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) theology. For more information, contact 206-276-5837.

SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL HOSTS PUBLIC FORUMS ON EXPANDING STREETCAR LINES
With the South Lake Union Streetcar line complete, the City of Seattle has begun to look at an expanded Streetcar Network. Four potential new lines have been identified that would connect such neighborhoods as Fremont, Ballard, Eastlake, the University District, Capitol Hill and the Central District to Downtown and South Lake Union.

The Seattle City Council wants your input and ideas on these proposed lines, and will be holding a series of community forums on the expanded network in early July. Each forum will offer a presentation on the four lines and then give community members a chance to view them up close and offer feedback. The forums are taking place as follows:

Wednesday, July 2 - Proposed Central Line at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Bertha Knight Landes Room, First Floor, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 - Proposed Ballard/Fremont Line at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 - Proposed U-District Line at University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 15th - Proposed First Hill Line at Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the proposed Streetcar Network expansion, visit: http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/future.asp

POZ SEATTLE SUMMER BBQ
On Wednesday, July 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., POZ Seattle presents a summer BBQ and social at the Cuff Complex, 13th Ave. & E. Pine St. Meet on the back patio for a BBQ, socializing, and lots of fun. This event is free (except for the cost of beverages), and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color.

POZ Seattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-Positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to the POZ Seattle event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit us on the web at www.pozseattle.org

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES SPONSORS WORKSHOP ON GAY RELATIONSHIPS
On Wednesday, July 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Dr. Dan Yoshimoto of the Relationship Research Institute facilitates a workshop for Gay men on current research and tools for building healthy relationships. The workshop will be held at a Capitol Hill location. For more information and to RSVP, contact Adam at 206-861-8784 or email: familylife@jfsseattle.org. www.jfsseattle.org.

EVANGELICALS CONCERNED HOSTS "SPIRIT CONNECTION 2008" RETREAT FOR GLBT CHRISTIANS
From Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13, Evangelicals Concerned Western Region will host a four-day retreat experience for GLBT Christians interested in strengthening their faith and identity as Gay believers. The conference will be held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Sister Evelyn Schave will be a keynote speaker at the conference. Evangelicals Concerned is a Seattle-based network of Bible study groups for GLBT Christians in the U.S. and Canada. For more information and to register, visit www.ecwr.org or call 1-866-979-ECWR.

ABSURD REALITY THEATRE PRESENTS COMMUNITY FORUM TO DISCUSS ISSUES RAISED BY ANGELS IN AMERICA
In anticipation of their revival of openly-Gay playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (July 24-August 9), Absurd Reality Theatre will be presenting a forum titled: "Are There Angels in America?" to address the place of the Gay community and those living with AIDS in contemporary American spirituality. The forum will be held on Thursday, July 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. Speakers will include local religious leaders, authors and bloggers, and activists in the Gay community. Refreshments will be served.

Kushner's Angels in America stands as a piece of art that challenges our nation to interact and discuss homosexuality as it relates to faith, religion in America, and the AIDS epidemic. The forum will emphasize the struggles of men and women living with AIDS in our community, along with those just beginning to understand their own spiritual and sexual identities.

Absurd Reality Theatre's commitment to fostering discussion and community will continue through the run of Angels in America with events such as post-show talkbacks, a benefit to raise money for the BABES Network (Friday, August 1), and a Single's Night (Friday, August 8). For a complete schedule of events, visit www.absurdreality.com.

SEATTLE CITY LIGHT HOSTS COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON SEATTLE'S ENERGY FUTURE
On Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m., in Building 30 at Magnuson Park, 7110 62nd Ave. NE, and on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle City Light invites the public for a conversation about Seattle's energy future to discuss how we will meet our electricity needs at least for the next generation.

These community conversations will help create the framework for energy planning initiatives and for determining strategies for the types, amounts and timing of City Light's new resource acquisition through 2026. This is City Light's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the utility is seeking public input on issues such as planning for climate change, geothermal, wind, biomass, and other renewable energy sources, the use of plug-in hybrid cars, federal action on carbon emissions such as "cap-and trade" carbon systems and more.

David Clement, Seattle City Light's Resource Planning Director, describes the IRP as "important for helping to set public policy objectives for Seattle's energy future," adding that the city recognizes the need to factor in multiple environmental and social considerations.

CLEAN & GREEN SEATTLE PROJECT IN PIKE/PINE NEIGHBORHOOD
Meet at Rosebud Restaurant & Bar, 719 E. Pike St., on Saturday, July 12, at 8:30 a.m., to help spruce up the Pike/Pine neighborhood and make Seattle an even better place to live. Equipment for the clean-up will be provided.

BINET SEATTLE HOSTS ANNUAL PICNIC FOR THE BISEXUAL COMMUNITY
On Saturday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., BiNet Seattle hosts their 9th annual picnic for the Bisexual community. The event will be held at Ravenna Park, NE 58th St. and 20th Ave. NE, rain or shine. Bring your significant others and family and some food to share. BiNet will provide burgers, sausages, and veggie burgers. BiNet Seattle is a Bisexual non-profit, mixed gender, social and support organization created to foster a visible community for Bisexual, Bi-curious people, and their partners in the Puget Sound area. "We support the community through educational speakings, support groups and social events." www.BiNetSeattle.org.

TACOMA PRIDE, VANCOUVER, WA PRIDE, BELLINGHAM PRIDE, BREMERTON/KITSAP PRIDE, TRI-CITIES PRIDE
On Saturday, July 12, Tacoma's LGBT community presents their 11th Annual "Out in the Park," noon to 6 p.m., Lincoln Park, 3706 Yakima Ave., Tacoma. www.outintacoma.org.

Also, on Saturday, July 12, Vancouver, WA's LGBT community presents "Saturday in the Park - Picnic in OZ," noon to 6 p.m., Esther Short Park, between Ester St. & Columbia Blvd., Vancouver, WA. www.sitppride.org.

On Sunday, July 13, Bellingham's LGBT community presents the "Fourth Corner Gay Pride Parade & Festival," 11:30 a.m. parade step-off from Bellingham High, 2020 Cornwall Ave., and proceeds to Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave., 12 noon to 8 p.m. Additional events are scheduled in Bellingham, Thurs., Fri., and Sat., July 10, 11 and 12. www.bhampride.org

On Saturday, July 19, the Bremerton/Kitsap County LGBT community presents "Kitsap Pride - 'Live-Love-Be'," a picnic celebration, noon to 5 p.m., at Evergreen Park, 1400 Park Ave., Bremerton.

On Sunday, July 20, the Tri-Cities LGBT community presents the "Mid-Columbia Pride Parade & Mid-Columbia "Got Pride" Celebration" in Pasco, WA. 11 a.m. parade steps-off from Out & About, 327 W. Lewis, via 3rd Ave. to Sylvester St. and on to Sylvester Park, 5th Ave. & Sylvester St. Celebration at Sylvester Park from noon to 6 p.m. Pink Party at Out & About, 327 W. Lewis St., beginning at 6 p.m. Additional events Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19. www.visayouthcenter.org.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE PRESENTS THE KING & QUEEN OF THE SEAS PAGEANT
On Saturday, July 12, 2008, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and King of the Seas 32, Michael Dean and Queen of the Seas 32, De De De'licious, present "Pearls of the Deep," the 33rd annual King & Queen of the Seas Pageant. The pageant will be held at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley off E. Pike St., between Broadway and Harvard). $10 admission at the door. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL LEAGUE 2008 SOFTBALL SEASON
The regular 2008 ECSA softball season ended June 22nd. However, there will be a weekend of play-offs on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 for second berth positions for the Gay Softball World Series that will be held in Seattle, August 26-30. The Second Berth Play-Offs will be held at the North SeaTac fields, S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., easily accessible by Metro bus route #132. For complete information about the league, including the schedule for the July play-offs, see the league website at www.emeraldcitysoftball.org. For complete information about the Gay Softball World Series, see the GSWS website at www.series2008.org

GSBA MONTHLY NETWORKING EVENT AT AZTLAN HOME DÉCOR
On Wednesday, July 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Aztlan Home Décor, 1427 Western Ave., will host the Greater Seattle Business Association's monthly networking event. Come to the beautiful Aztlan Home Décor, which features authentic Mexican arts and crafts with an environmental and fair trade focus, and enjoy some Latin and Mexican food, drink and good company. There will be some giveaways and plenty of time to network. Don't forget to bring your business cards. Cost is $5-GSBA members, $10-non-members, $5-students. To RSVP, call 206-363-9188 or visit www.thegsba.org.

GLSEN/WA HOSTS "SCHOOL'S OUT!" ADULT SOCIAL & SUMMER FUNDRAISER
On Saturday, July 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., GLSEN/WA (the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network/Washington State) and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hosts a 21 and over fundraising social event at C.C. Attle's, 1501 E. Madison St. Enjoy raffles, prizes, Jell-o shots and drink specials and support the important work of GLSEN/WA. www.glsen.org/washington

ROSEHEDGE AIDS HOUSING & HEALTHCARE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF CARING WITH COMMUNITY SUMMER BBQ
On Saturday, July 26, from noon to 4 p.m., Rosehedge House is hosting a summer BBQ in celebration of 20 years of caring for people with HIV/AIDS. The event will be held at the Jude Jackson House, 12718 15th Ave. NE, in Seattle. (Please park at St. Matthew's Church across 15th Ave. NE from Rosehedge.) Please RSVP by July 11 at 206-365-6806 ext 229 or jwilliams@rosehedge.org. Donations welcome.

When Rosehedge welcomed its first residents in 1988, some were so sick they died within days. 20 years later, most residents of Rosehedge have years in front of them. Compassionate 24-hour care and medication makes all the difference. Rosehedge was the first care facility for people with HIV/AIDS in Washington State, and it remains the only organization in Seattle providing assisted living care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Two decades of experience make them the go-to expert in this field. The agency houses and cares for the most needy and vulnerable of people with AIDS: those with mental illness, substance dependency, and AIDS dementia. www.rosehedge.org.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TWO-SPIRIT LITERATURE & ART
Two-Spirit authors and project editors Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti are seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, memoir, photography, performance texts, and art for a new anthology of indigenous Two-Spirit/GLBTQ creative work. "We envision this anthology as a collection of maps and stories for those who come after and for those why may already be on their journey, but without guides. This project is for those who - like so many of us - had no role models, no one to tell us that we were valuable human beings, just as we are. This project is by and for the People." Participants must be Indigenous Two-Spirit/GLBTQ people from the Americas and the Pacific. For complete information on how to participate in this project, email twospiritcollection@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2008.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR Q-SQUARED/BOYZ IN THE WOODS CAMP 2008
Registration for Boyz in the Woods' Labor Day weekend Camp 2008 is now open. "We have some exciting changes in store for you at CAMP this year, but don't worry, the spirit of CAMP is alive and well and it will still be the CAMP that you have come to know and love. We don't want to spoil the surprises that we have in store for you, but one thing we can tell you is that CAMP is actually less expensive this year.

"While you're at the website, take a look at the Workshops page and sign up to do that fabulous workshop you've always wanted to do. We know everyone has special talents to share so why not teach your fellow CAMPers what you know." www.qcamp.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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