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NORTHWEST NEWS (for 09/12/08) REGISTER TO VOTE!!! UPDATE YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION!!! DEADLINES: OCTOBER 4 & 20.
The deadline for registering to vote in the November 4 General Election is coming up soon. To register online, to update an existing registration or to get registration requirements and additional information, visit the following websites: King County: www.kingcounty.gov/Elections/Registration.aspx; Washington State: www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx. If mailed, your registration must be postmarked on or before Saturday, October 4. You may also register online or update/change your existing registration on or before Saturday, October 4. If you are a new voter registering for the first time, you may do so in person at your County Auditor's office until Saturday, October 20. The phone # for voter registration in King County is 206-296-8683.

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.

SEATTLE'S GAY BASKETBALL LEAGUE REGISTERING PLAYERS FOR FALL 2008 BASKETBALL SEASON
Jet City Hoops is a new Gay basketball league in Seattle that will begin play in October 2008. The league is open to players of all skill levels. Come out and play some ball this fall! Sign up at www.jetcityhoops.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.

FOOTAGE OF SEATTLE PRIDE 2008 TO BE SHOWN ON CABLE ACCESS AND VIA INTERNET
Adventure TV presents a 3-part broadcast of Seattle's June 29, 2008 Pride Parade & PrideFest on Saturdays, September 13, 20 & 27 on Comcast cable channel 77 and Broadstripe cable channel 23 at 10 p.m. The programs will stream simultaneously on the Internet at http://adventuretv.bravehost.com. T.J. Williamson, producer and host of Adventure TV, has been documenting and broadcasting Seattle's Pride Parade & Festival for the last decade. T.J. can be reached at adventuretv@yahoo.com.

2008 EMERALD CITY CAT FIGHT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT COMING UP SVC FALL LEAGUE BEGINS LATE SEPTEMBER
On Saturday, September 13, and Sunday, September 14, starting each day at 8:30 a.m., the Seattle Volleyball Club, Seattle's Gay & Lesbian Volleyball Club, will host the 2008 Emerald City Cat Fight Volleyball Tournament, at Highline Community College Sports Pavilion, 2400 S. 240th St, Des Moines, WA, about 25 minutes south of Seattle. This is a regional volleyball tournament with Gay & Lesbian teams from Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, BC. Spectators are welcome. The SVC Fall 2008 League will begin in late September - either the week of September 22 or the week of September 29. For complete details on both events, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON HOSTS COMMUNITY ACTION MOBILIZATION LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Equal Rights Washington is seeking motivated individuals from across Washington State to participate in a daylong training workshop to learn how to engage your local community and raise awareness for issues affecting GLBT individuals and families. Lunch and beverage will be served. The event will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the ERW offices, 720 7th Ave. 4th Fl. For further information and to RSVP, call David Walega at 206-324-2570.

SHIFT PEER RECOVERY NETWORK HOSTS "VOICES OF RECOVERY" COMMUNITY PICNIC AND CELEBRATES NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH
Enjoy an afternoon picnic for the LGBTQ community on Saturday, September 13, from noon to 6 p.m., at Powell Barnet Park, 325 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. This event is sponsored by POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network), SHIFT, the Seattle Neighborhood Group and Pepsi-Cola. September is National Recovery Month. Throughout the month of September, SHIFT will sponsor a wide variety of workshops, classes and events all focused on enhancing the recovery process. Please check the SHIFT website at www.shiftrecovery.org for these exciting opportunities to network, learn and most importantly have FUN!

ALISON ARNGRIM'S CONFESSIONS OF A PRAIRIE BITCH TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
Alison Arngrim (aka Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie) will appear at Re-bar, 1114 Howell St (at Boren Ave.), on Saturday, September 13, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in her one-woman comedy show, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. Arngrim is donating all proceeds from her two Seattle shows to Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

Arngrim's show is part confessional and part Hollywood gossip column, combined with an utterly self-indulgent trip down memory lane for actress and audience. The coup de grace comes with the creepy, campy reincarnation of the shrewish Nellie, who emerges from the shadows of Arngrim's psyche like the spirit of a lost child knocking on a séance table. After each show Arngrim does an "Ask Alison Anything" session, where she discusses some of her favorite screwball questions from fans and takes questions from the audience.

Tickets are $16 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006. Tickets will also be available at the door, if the show has not sold out. Doors for both shows open at 6:30 p.m. The bar opens at 7 p.m. This is a strictly 21-and-over show; ID required. More info on the show is available online at www.seattlelovesnellie.com.

POZSEATTLE HOSTS A SPECIAL SUNDAY LUNCHEON
On Sunday, September 14, POZSeattle presents a lunch social, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Bellevue's Brief Encounters restaurant, 2632 Bellevue Way, Bellevue. Lunch entrees run $7-$12, excluding drinks. This event will be hosted by one of POZSeattle's members and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color.

POZSeattle 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, or to RSVP, plan your own social event, or be added to the POZSeattle event promotions email list, visit www.pozseattle.org.

GRACE GOSPEL CHAPEL HOSTS 5 WEEK BIBLE STUDY "HOMOSEXUALITY & CHRISTIANITY - RECONCILED"
Grace Gospel Chapel, 2052 NW 64th St., the nation's oldest independent LGBT church, is hosting "Homosexuality and Christianity - Reconciled" - a 5-week study and discussion series to provide an in-depth study of the Bible for those struggling with their sexuality and faith. The study group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., from September 3 to October 1. For more information call 206-784-8495 or visit www.gracegospelwa.org and click "events" for more information and directions.

CANCER LIFELINE HOSTS RAINBOW WOMEN'S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
With the demise of Verbena, Cancer Lifeline has resumed sponsorship of this professionally facilitated group for sexual-minority women with cancer and their family members and friends. The support group meets at 7:30 p.m., the third Wednesday of each month, at the Cancer Lifeline offices, 6522 Fremont Ave. N. If you are interested in attending this support group, please call 206-832-1297.

LATINA/O HERITAGE MONTH AT NEW FREEWAY HALL
On Thursday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m., Christina Lopez, Seattle feminist organizer, will discuss "Estamos en la Lucha: Immigrant Women Light the Fires of Resistance," her recently published article and position paper that will be considered for adoption at the upcoming national Radical Women conference. This FREE event will be held at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Dinner with a vegetarian option, will be served at 6:30 p.m. for $7.50 donation. This event is sponsored by Radical Women. For more information, call 206-722-6057.

HRC PACIFIC NORTHWEST GALA DINNER 2008
On Saturday, September 20, the Human Rights Campaign hosts the 9th Annual HRC Pacific Northwest Dinner at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave. The evening schedule is: 5 p.m., registration; 5:30 p.m., cocktails and silent auction; 7:30 p.m., dinner and live auction; 10 p.m., after party. Tickets are $200 (Federal Club Member: $75; Senior/Student: $150) and can be purchased online at www.hrcseattle.org/dinner; dinner@hrcseattle.org. Television actor, Alec Mapa, who appears regularly on the popular comedy series Half & Half and Ugly Betty and plays Vern on the popular series Desperate Housewives, will be the dinner MC. Governor Christine Gregoire will be accepting the HRC Equality Award. Academy Award winning actress, Marlee Matlin, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Children of a Lesser God, will be the keynote speaker. DJ Kyler will be spinning the latest tunes at the After Party.

HRC holds dinners throughout the country every year to raise funds, generate awareness and build community. Now in its ninth year, the Pacific Northwest dinner has proven successful by raising over $1 million dollars for HRC and is well-attended by over a thousand supporters, allies, community leaders and high-profile guests. The gala dinner is a time to celebrate the GLBT community's accomplishments, to recognize our current struggles and upcoming challenges, and to draw inspiration from our leaders. It is an elegant evening to come together for a common cause - equality for everyone.

SEATTLE COUNSELING SERVICE PRESENTS "BRINGING BABY HOME" - A WORKSHOP FOR NEW LGBT PARENTS
Research shows two-thirds of couples experience a 67% decline in relationship satisfaction upon the birth of a new baby. This six-week workshop is designed to mitigate the stressors of sexual and gender minorities when they become parents. The workshops meet Wednesday evenings, 6-8 p.m., beginning September 24. For details, contact Erin Brower at 206-323-1768.

JUST ART AUCTION TO BENEFIT SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS/ SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS
On Friday, September 26, Flying House Productions presents the Just Art fifth annual cocktail party and art auction in support of Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus. This scintillating affair will be held at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., 6-10 p.m, with catering by Seasoned in Seattle and City Catering. Elisa Jaffe of KOMO News will be the guest MC for the evening. Tickets are $95 and reservations can be made by calling 206-388-1400 or online at www.flyinghouse.org.

JOIN Q-SQUARED FOR LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE'S UPCOMING AIDSWALK
The men of Q-Squared, sponsors of Q-Spring, Glitterbomb, CAMP, and other social programs for Gay and Bi men in the Seattle area, invite you to join them in supporting Lifelong AIDS Alliance's 22nd annual AIDSWalk, which will be held on Saturday, October 4, starting at 9 a.m. at Volunteer Park, 14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St. The goal of this year's walk is to raise $650,000, which will provide funding for the care of those living with AIDS, advocate for changes in policy, create a community of supportive networks and increase the awareness needed to stop the epidemic. The goal of Q-Squared is to help Lifelong AIDS Alliance exceed that goal by getting more Gay and Bi men involved. www.qsquared.org; info@qsquared.org; www.lifelongaidsalliance.org.

SEATTLE MAJESTICS ANNOUNCE OPEN TRYOUTS
On Saturday, October 11, the Seattle Majestics women's tackle football team will be holding open tryouts for their 2009 squad at French Field, Kent Meridian High School, 10200 SE 256th St, Kent, at 11 a.m. Players will be tested for speed, agility, and specific football skills.

The Majestics are coming off a stellar season, winning the Pacific Northwest Division, going undefeated (8-0) in the regular season. The Majestic's made it to the Western Conference Championship game and ultimately lost to the eventual National Champions. The Majestics are looking to build on 2008 by finding strong, hard working females to round out their veteran roster. No prior football experience is necessary (must be 18 years old), just a desire to work hard, learn, and do what it takes to win a National Championship.

For more information and to receive up-to-date information on how to become a Majestic, please contact Kasey Rivas (new player contact):

krivas@theseattlemajestics.com or 206-331-5881. Check out the team website, www.theseattlemajestics.com, to see what the team is up to in the off-season!

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.

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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