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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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2008 GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES IN SEATTLE
Emerald City Softball Association will be hosting the 2008 Gay Softball World Series in Seattle, August 22-30. 4,000 athletes from all over the U.S. and Canada will be participating in this event. The Series 2008 host committee is looking for 200 to 300 volunteers. The committee needs volunteers to do everything from registering players to ensuring there is fresh water and ice in the dugouts for every game to answering questions about our area to the thousand of out-of-state visitors to assisting with opening and closing ceremonies.

To volunteer, send an email to volunteer@series2008.org

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA'S OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES CONTINUES AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Friday, August 15, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, sponsors of the annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, presents Carmen Miranda, the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Busby Berkeley in The Gang's All Here, a must-see musical comedy from 1943, with Carmen Miranda as "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat" and Busby Berkeley's surreal and kaleidoscopic choreography. This is the final film in Three Dollar Bill's FREE summer movie-in-the-park series at Cal Anderson Park, 11th Ave. & E. Olive. St. beginning at dusk (around 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.). www.threedollarbillcinema.org.

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.

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.

A WORKSHOP FOR MAXIMIZING M4M PLEASURE: ENJOYING MORE SLICES OF YOUR SEXUAL PIE
Do you sometimes find sex confusing, complicated, or difficult? Do you feel stuck or frustrated in your sex life? Do you want to be more sexually self-confident? Do you desire to open yourself to greater sexual possibilities?

Break through long-held beliefs that keep you locked in unconscious shame. Learn healing techniques to release negative emotions that hold back your sexual freedom. Experiment with options to fulfill more of your sexual desires. Receive and give intentional, arousing touch with respect for your personal boundaries. Build a stronger "sex-esteem."

On Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Center for Sex Positive Culture Annex, 1608 15th Ave. W., at W. Garfield St., explore your sexuality with other men in a safe and nurturing environment. Participate in sexy group exercises, honest sharing, lively facilitation and a few fun surprises, to more fully experience a rich, satisfying and open-hearted sex life.

For more information and to register online, visit www.GaySexpert.com/maxsex.html or call 415-720-1075 to receive registration by mail. Cost is $165, lunch included. Portions of the day will be clothing optional.

SEATTLE FAERIE FESTIVAL IN VOLUNTEER PARK
On Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., check out the first annual Seattle Faerie Festival at Volunteer Park. Enjoy theater, music, costumes, vendors, food and fun for the whole family, including faerie Olympics and faerie wrestling. Faerie Circle Blessing at 10 a.m.; Closing of the Faerie Circle at 10 p.m.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP
The Q-Squared Book Group will meet this Saturday, August 16, at 1 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. The book to be discussed is Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham. 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.

OBAMA VICTORY FUND COCKTAIL & HORS D'OEUVRES LGBT COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING RECEPTION WITH AWARD-WINNING ACTORS ELLEN POMPEO & JUSTIN CHAMBERS AT GREG KUCERA GALLERY
On Saturday, August 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., join local LGBT community leaders and Barack Obama supporters to celebrate Barack Obama's candidacy and raise money for his presidential victory in November. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, good company and fine art in the elegant setting of the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. S., in Seattle. Tickets are: Supporter-$250; Friend-$1,000; Patron-$2,300; Host-$5,000 (give/raise); Chair-$10,000 (give/raise). RSVP REQUIRED. To RSVP online: http://my.barackobama.com/SeattleAug16. For more information, please call 206-420-3160 or email Michael Gilmore at GilmoreM@dnc.org. (A host reception will be held starting at 5 p.m.)

SHIFT - A PEER RECOVERY NETWORK HOSTS GLBTQ COMMUNITY RETREAT
SHIFT is organizing a FREE "Discover Your Recovery Community Retreat" summer camp for GLBTQ men and women from Sunday, August 17 (starting at 5 p.m.) through Wednesday, August 20 (ending at noon). This event is totally FREE to participants. For more information and to register, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/38808 or contact Shane Rossow, SHIFT Peer Recovery Specialist, 206-324-1520 ext 244 or email shane@multifaith.org.

SHIFT is the first LGBTQ recovery project supported by a national SAMHSA grant and has been organized over the past nine months by four LGBTQ not-for-profit organizations in Seattle - Multifaith Works, Gay City Health Project, Dunshee House and Seattle Counseling Service.

In the recovery community, one of our most challenging situations continues to be breaking the isolation patterns that we experience in active addiction and early recovery. It is through our service to others that our own recovery is secured. Through a variety of peer services, events and social outreach, SHIFT is creating a network of LGBTQ and ally people in the recovery community. We are very excited about the possibilities that this network can bring to you and others in recovery! And only through your involvement can this community discover the many new ways that recovering LGBTQ individuals can create a supportive community and grow.

SHIFT will creates support through a wide variety of services: Peer Facilitator Training (Dunshee House); Shanti Training - one on one nonjudgmental listening and emotional support (Multifaith Works); CareTeam Training - practical and emotional support in a team setting (Multifaith Works); Substance Free Social Events and Community Discussions (Gay City Health Project); Recovery Support Groups (Dunshee House); Out-Patient Treatment Services (Seattle Counseling Services). www.shiftrecovery.org.

KNIGHTS OF MALTA PRESENTS 6TH ANNUAL WET SHORTS & WET T-SHIRT CONTEST
On Sunday, August 17, join The Knights of Malta and co-hosts Sir Guy 2002 Richard and Sir Guy 2008 Alex, for the Knights of Malta's 6th annual Wet Shorts and Wet T-Shirt at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. (at E. Pine St.), contest at 6 p.m., during The Cuff's Summer BBQ. No entry fees; prizes for winners.

CAFÉ METROPOLITAIN HOSTS DRAG BINGO TO BENEFIT LAMBERT HOUSE
Starting in August, Gay-owned Café Metropolitain will be launching Drag Bingo in their all-ages café area. Drag Bingo will be hosted by Giggles Galore and will be held every Sunday at 7 p.m. For the month of August, all Drag Bingo games will benefit Lambert House, Seattle's resource center for LGBT youth. For $5 enjoy a fun and relaxing time and raise money for LGBT youth. Bingo prizes will be awarded on the spot. Café Metropolitain is located at 1701 E. Olive Way at Boylston Ave. Light meals and a full range of beverages are available at the café. Enjoy Happy Hour all day on Sunday.

EM'MA GAWD! AND ANNA REXIA AT CHOP SUEY'S FABFEST
On Sunday, August 17, at 8 p.m. at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., join the Beta Society for a night of glamtastic glitter and over-the-top fabulousness! Drag queens, burlesque, lounge singing, celebrity impersonations, dancing and MORE!! The evening will feature Fanny Tragic, Anita Goodman, Em'ma Gawd!, Anna Rexia, Lady Ecstacy, Star Jonz, The Freedom Dancers, Amanda Lee-Williams, and videos by the Beta Society. Then stay for karaoke with Tiger B of Cat Daddy entertainment!

SHIFT LAUNCHES NEW SUPPORT GROUP FOR LBTQ & ALLY WOMEN IN RECOVERY AND BEGINS ORGANIZING IN LBTQ WOMEN'S COMMUNITY
SHIFT wants to connect you to other women in the LGBTQ community who are in recovery. Through your participation we will determine the types of support that best serve the LBTQ women in the SHIFT network. It is very important that the women of this community bring their service, their needs, their challenges, and their creative spirit to the project so that SHIFT encompasses the whole LGBTQ community in recovery!

As part of their initiatives in the LBTQ women's community, SHIFT is launching a "Women and the Arts, Recovery and Transition" support group for LBTQ & Ally women in the process of recovery to express ourselves through supportive communication and art! Art is all inclusive - writing, knitting, drawing, painting, beading, collage, reading and more& If you can carry it into the meeting and work on it in the group, there is no limit! You don't have to define yourself as an artist. Just be open to creating new outlets to express your recovery!

The "Women and the Arts, Recovery and Transition" support group will be held at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. (at E. Thomas St.), every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting Wednesday, August 20. For more information, contact Houston LeBrun at wellth2000@aol.com or call 206-280-5645. In order to provide truly peer-driven services for women in our community, we need women who are willing and able to support these services. We will be holding Focus Groups at the SHIFT retreat and more in the month of August and September to gather input from the LBTQ community. www.shiftrecovery.org. (For more information on SHIFT and the SHIFT retreat, please see the related Northwest News item above.)

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS SET FOR KING COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM
King County residents interested in the Master Gardener program are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about the program before they submit their application. Orientation meetings will be held in North, Central and South King County during the third week of August: Tuesday, August 19, 7 p.m., Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St, Seattle; Wednesday, August 20, 7 p.m., Master Gardener Program Office, 200 Mill Ave. S., Ste. 100, Renton; Thursday, August 21, 7 p.m., King County Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S., Federal Way. Elaine Anderson, King County Master Garden Program Coordinator, will outline what Master Gardeners do, the training available to them, the application process, and what the program looks for in applicants. Those attending can talk with Master Gardeners about their experiences in the program. Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained by WSU Extension to provide free research-based horticultural information to the public. The 2009 Master Gardener training classes will be held on Tuesdays from January 13 through March 31. Applications for the 2009 Master Gardener class are available online at king.wsu.edu/gardening/BecomeaMG. They can also be obtained at the orientation meetings or by sending a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to 2009 Master Gardener Application, 200 Mill Ave. S., Ste. 100, Renton 98057. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 3, 2008 in order to be considered.

NORTHERN XPOSURE COMES TO SEATTLE AUGUST 21-24
A fundraising long weekend of parties and events benefitting Lambert House in conjunction with the opening weekend of the 2008 Gay Softball World Series. For complete schedule, visit www.nxposure.com.

PUDDLETOWN SQUARES HOSTS A "TASTE OF SQUARE DANCING"
On Thursdays, August 21 and August 28, Puddletown Squares will be hosting a "Taste of Square Dancing," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St., in the Greenlake neighborhood, to introduce potential new dancers to the fun of Modern Western Square Dancing.

Modern Western Square Dancing is nothing like the square dancing most people remember from grade school! With Puddletown, it is upbeat and energetic without a single hay bale in sight. Square dancing is fun for all ages and is a great alternative to the bars for the Gay community. It is a highly social activity, one of the few where Gay men, Lesbians, straight people, and all the other groups that are part of the Gay and Lesbian community all join hands (literally) to dance. The first night of lessons is often the first time many dancers see people who are about about to become lifelong friends.

Puddletown Squares holds its "Taste of Square Dancing" events right before the next cycle of square dance lessons begins so if attendees fall in love with square dancing they can jump right in and join the fun! For additional information, contact Troy Johnson at puddletownpres@speakeasy.net or go to http://www.iagsdc.org/puddletown/taste.php for more information.

Puddletown Squares is a Gay and Lesbian Modern Western Square Dance (MWSD) club open to everyone. Puddletown sponsors classes, dances, and tape-dancing for the MWSD mainstream through advanced programs and has been a vibrant part of Seattle LGBTQ community for over 25 years.

KWANCHAI LGBTQ HAPPY HOUR FEATURING SUSAN G. KOMEN TRUST
On Friday, August 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Kwanchai hosts their monthly philanthropic Happy Hour at 511 Boren Ave. N., Ste 100, to benefit their featured nonprofit or charitable organization. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, beer and cocktails and learn about and make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust and the Susan G. Komen three-day, 60-mile walk to raise breast cancer awareness and funding for research, education, screening, and treatment. Please visit www.kwanchai.net for the wishlist and RSVP by email: Christina@kawnchai.net or call 206-262-1022.

NORTHWEST QUEST 2008 GAY WORLD SERIES IN SEATTLE AUGUST 22-30
Over 4,000 softball players and fans from around the U.S. and Canada will be in town for this LGBTQ softball play-off series. For complete information on this week's events, including opening ceremonies, the play-off games, special events and parties and the awards ceremonies, visit www.series2008.org. Click on Open Division Info for schedule and location of Open Division (men and women) games. Click on Women's Division Info for schedule and location of Women's Division (women only) games. The Seattle Mariners will be hosting an Out at Safeco Field night for local and visiting LGBTQ softball teams and players and the general LGBTQ community on Tuesday, August 24. For more information and tickets, call Safeco Field, 206-346-4001.

TWO PRIDE FOUNDATION FUNDS FOR ORGANIZATIONS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Pride Foundation's "Inland Northwest" grants are for organizations with projects based within Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Pierce, and/or Shoshone counties in Idaho; and/or within Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and/or Whitman counties in Washington. Applications for "Inland Northwest" grants are due on Friday, August 22, 2008.

Organizations helping the LGBT community in Alaska, Seattle/King County, parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington can apply for funding through the Pride Foundation's "Northwest Grants." Applications for "Northwest Grants" are due on Friday, August 29, 2008.

For complete details, visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 206-323-3318.

IN THE LIFE MONTHLY LGBTQ TV NEWSMAGAZINE
On Sunday, August 24, at midnight, KCTS-TV, Channel 9, will broadcast In The Life's August program, "Talking It Out." This month's show expands In The Life's popular "A Conversation With" series to a full hour, pairing Camille Paglia with Sandra Bernhard, longtime friends and iconic social critics, celebrating with candor, humor, and fond memories, the sexuality in their work, the many faces of Lesbian identity, and the influence of Gay male sensibility in contemporary art and culture. In The Life host, Michael Billy, and Associate Editor of The Nation, Richard Kim, look at the hard-hitting issues affecting the LGBTQ community in the context of the maturing of the movement, as it seeks to retrieve the power of its roots; and Dr. Marjorie Hill, CEO of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), and actor Wilson Cruz explore the status of the AIDS epidemic, confront the myth that the crisis is over, and discuss the continuing importance of education in confronting the disease and LGBT stereotypes.

OUT AT SAFECO FIELD LGBTQ BASEBALL NIGHT WITH SEATTLE MARINERS
On Tuesday, August 26, join 2008 Gay World Series softball games participants and Seattle's LGBT community and COME OUT to see the Seattle Mariners vs. the Minnesota Twins baseball game at Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., at 7:10 p.m. For more information and tickets, contact the Seattle Mainers at 206-346-4001 or http://mariners.mlb.com

PUSH MAGAZINE RELEASE PARTY FOR 11TH AND FINAL ISSUE
On Wednesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m., PUSH Magazine is hosting a publication release party for their 11th and final issue, titled PUSH Magazine: A Retrospective at the Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. (just north of E. Pine St.). Come join us for a deliriously fun evening of celebration, with local Queer writers and spoken word artists, celebratory cake, and free magazines for all! Suggested donation is $5 - $10.

FESTIVAL OF THE BABES LESBIAN SOCCER FESTIVAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN SEATTLE
The Festival of the Babes (FOB) is a Lesbian soccer festival held every Labor Day weekend. It was founded by a women's soccer team that was inspired to create their own tournament after attending the Gay Games in Vancouver, BC, and the Seattle Sports Festival. Now entering its 18th year, FOB includes a two-day soccer tournament, opening ceremonies, and dance parties each night. Teams come to play from California, Washington, Oregon, Canada, and wherever Lesbians play soccer.

The festival registers up to 24 teams that bring approximately 350 players and fans. FOB is a well-known and loved community event that brings together players from all over the U.S. and Canada. Large numbers of women from the host city also attend both the tournament itself and the nightly events hosted by FOB. Although Lesbian players primarily make up the teams, the tournament is open not only to Lesbians, but to anyone who doesn't mind being mistaken for one.

This year, FOB 18 is being hosted in Seattle. All the games will be held at Maplewood Playfield, 4801 Corson Ave. S., on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31. Registration and a kickoff party will be held on Friday, August 29; additional parties will be held Saturday and Sunday evening. For complete details and to VOLUNTEER, visit www.festivalofthebabes.com.

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.

ONE-IN-TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST
The One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest, a screenplay contest dedicated to the positive portrayal of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer individuals in film, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008. Entries are now being accepted online and are limited to the first 300 for 2008. The One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest has gained respect and notoriety from Hollywood studios, agents and producers. Prizes for 2008 include cash, industry exposure and merchandise. Entries for 2008 are being accepted at www.OneInTenScreenplayContest.com. The submission deadline is Monday, September 1, 2008. The contest is sponsored by Cherub Productions, Final Draft, Inc., scr(i)pt magazine, www.inktip.com, www.TopFilmFestivals.com, www.ScreenplayContests.com and Jungle Software.

"MANY STORIES, ONE VOICE: THE NORTH AMERICAN CONVOCATION OF PRO-LGBT CHRISTIANS"
Registration is now open for "Many Stories, One Voice," the premier gathering of pro-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christians, which will be held in New Orleans, LA, September 4-7.

"Many Stories, One Voice: The North American Convocation of Pro-LGBT Christians" is a conference that will offer new tools and training in the areas of faith-based community organizing, media training, board development, fundraising, research, biblical studies, theology, capacity-building and other concrete skills. Participants will also engage in discussions about issues of race, class, ability, age, embodiment, gender identity and sexual orientation. Pro-LGBT faith leaders are urged to attend. Register online at www.manystoriesonevoice.org.

"Many Stories, One Voice" is convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in partnership with more than 30 pro-LGBT Christian organizations representing progressive, moderate and conservative traditions. For more information or to register, please visit www.manystoriesonevoice.org.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR DROP-IN CENTER
Lambert House, Seattle's resource center for LGBTQ youth, is seeking dedicated volunteer, who are available Monday-Friday, 4-7pm, for the drop-in center. Volunteers are responsible for the daily operation of the drop-in center, maintaining a safe and respectful environment, and listening to youth talk about their lives. Drop-in center volunteers must be 24 years of age or older, comfortable working with youth, willing to commit to a weekly three-hour shift for a minimum of a year, and available for the next training (September 6, 7 and 13). Please email Kristina@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814 for an application.

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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