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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. New voters registering in Washington State for the first time 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.



HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER HOSTS FREE CANCER RETREAT FOR LGBT COMMUNITY
After six years of providing an annual cancer retreat for sexual minority women, Harmony Hill is pleased to announce the expansion of this program into the first customized retreat for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) participants. This inaugural program is no charge and will take place November 7-9, 2009 at Harmony Hill's beautiful 12-acre site overlooking Hood Canal in Union, WA, just two hours from Seattle, one hour from Tacoma and Olympia. Research evidence suggests that LGBT people may be at higher risk for some types of cancer such as breast cancer, cancers related to AIDS, lung cancer, and cancers caused by human papillomavirus. However, many doctors, nurses, and other health care providers have not had sufficient training to understand the specific health experiences of LGBT people. This can create barriers to optimal health and reluctance to access support services. The LGBT cancer retreat will be staffed by knowledgeable facilitators with experience working with the LGBT population, to ensure a safe and welcoming experience for all participants. "Although all of Harmony Hill's programs are open to anyone regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, we are especially pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for the LGBT community to experience this transformational program in a comfortable, accepting and nurturing environment," stated Gretchen Schodde, Executive Director.

Harmony Hill has been offering residential cancer programs since 1994. Using stress reduction skills, guided imagery, daily support groups for learning and sharing, yoga and massage, participants facilitate their own healing and restore quality of life. In 2004 Harmony Hill, with the help of grants and many generous donors, began offering all of their cancer programs at no charge.

Harmony Hill, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the Pacific Northwest's only wellness and retreat center that specialized in programs for people living with cancer. Located in Union, WA on Hood Canal, Harmony Hill also provides wellness and renewal retreats, and facilities rentals for groups. Income from facility rentals helps support the cancer program, which is offered at no cost to participants.

For more information and to sign-up for this FREE weekend, call 360-898-2363 or visit www.harmonyhill.org.



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.



5TH INDEPENDENT SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES MANY LGBTQ- RELATED FILMS & DISCUSSIONS
The 5th Independent South Asian Film Festival runs from Wednesday, September 24 through Sunday, September 28 and will feature many films and panel discussions related to LGBTQ issues in South Asian communities. The event will be held at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway @ E. Pine St. For complete information, visit www.tasveer.org; http://isaff.tasveer.org/2008.



WASHINGTON STATE STONEWALL DEMOCRATS HOST "TEA FOR EQUALITY"
On Saturday, September 27, from 4-7 p.m., the Washington State Stonewall Democrats are hosting a "Tea for Equality" and special reception for Jon Hoadley, Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats. The reception will be held at 905 12th Ave. E. in Seattle. The "Tea for Equality" will honor the LGBTQ delegates to the Democratic National Convention and raise critically important funds to elect pro-equality Democrats in Washington State and across the country. Tea, coffee, and light refreshments will be served. A minimum suggested contribution is $50. There are also $100, $250 and $500 host committee levels as well. To join the host committee for this event, please visit http://www.actblue.com/page/wssd

Stonewall Democrats is the voice of the LGBTQ community and our allies in the Democratic Party. As a national organization, Stonewall works to elect pro-equality Democrats and to make the Democratic Party more inclusive of LGBTQ issues and concerns. To learn more about the work that Stonewall does in Washington State and to join in the fight for equality, go to http://stonewalldemswa.org.



2008 KING & QUEEN OF HEARTS PAGEANT AT NEIGHBOURS
The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle & The Olympic & Rainier Empire presents "One Heart, Two Heart," the 2008 King & Queen of Hearts Pageant. on Saturday, September 27, 7 p.m. door, 8 p.m. show, at Neighbours Niteclub, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley off E. Pike St.). $10 admission includes ONE ballot for voting. For more information or a contestant application, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.



FOOTAGE OF SEATTLE PRIDE 2008 TO BE SHOWN ON CABLE ACCESS AND VIA INTERNET
Adventure TV presents a three-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.



SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM LAUNCH PARTY AT BAILEY/COY BOOKS
Join Three Dollar Bill Cinema on Sunday, September 28, 4 p.m., at Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway Ave. E., for a FREE sneak peak at highlights from the 13th Annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Executive Director Rachael Brister and Programming Director Jason Plourde will be on hand to present trailers and scenes from selected films, along with more information on big events, special guests and must-see movies. Movie popcorn and candy will be served and full program guides will be available. For more information, visit seattlequeerfilm.com.



SHIFT PEER RECOVERY NETWORK PRESENTS "THAT'S A WRAP!"
On Sunday, September 28, from 5-9 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St., join us for the wrap party to close out National Recovery Month and SHIFT's endeavor to bring new meaning to recovery as we know it! Who says recovery can't be FUN? We will revisit our time together in a collaboration of our artwork and performance under one roof - then raise it! www.shiftrecovery.org.



KCTS BROADCASTS IN THE LIFE - "A FESTIVAL OF FILM"
On Sunday, September 28, at midnight, KCT-TV, Channel 9, broadcasts In the Life's September episode: "A Festival of Film" - a collection of stories from the world of film: The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; a revisit with the students in It's Elementary; Pratibha Parmar's cinematic celebration of food, family, and Lesbian love; Margaret Cho exploding the "Gay" bomb; gender-Queer, Trans Canadian punk rock band, The Cliks; and a retrospective interview with director John Schlesinger and Charles Busch. www.inthelifetv.org.



SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB 2008-2009 LEAGUE KICKS OFF SEASON WITH NEW PLAYER SKILL CLINICS
Seattle Volleyball Club (SVC) will kick off their 2008-2009 Fall/Winter League with new player skill clinics to help you assess your skill level - from novice to highly skilled - and to assist you in finding a team to match your skill level. If you are interested in joining SVC for the coming season, please plan to attend.

"We will go over basic ball control and offensive skills, and the skills clinic will be conducted as a series, with different skills discussed each night. Team captains will be on hand to assist in drills, while also looking out for players to add to their rosters. There will be opportunities for new captains to form teams in all divisions, so if you're interested in organizing a team come ready to complete your roster." The dates of the skills clinics are: Wednesday, September 24, 7:30-10 p.m., Meany Middle School, 301 21st Ave. E.; Monday, September 29, 7:30-10 p.m., Meany Middle School; Tuesday, September 30, 7:30-10 p.m., Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St.; Wednesday, October 1, 8-10 p.m., Meany Middle School.

This year, Seattle Volleyball Club has combined the Fall and Winter Leagues into 1 longer League Season. League play will begin the week of October 6 and end the last week of February. The End of League Tournament will take place either Saturday, February 28, or Sunday, March 1. The champion of each division will win their team's entry fees into the 2008-2009 NAGVA Championships which will be held in Chicago over the Memorial Day Weekend.

For more information, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.



ALLYSHIP PRESENTS "QUEERLY CLASSED" - A DISCUSSION SERIES ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND QUEER LIBERATION
The purpose of this discussion series is to encourage LGBTQ folks and allies to discuss their personal experiences with economic injustice. We also hope to connect participants to local economic justice organizations and to engage in a bigger picture analysis about intersecting oppressions. This year we are collaborating with Bend-It, a youth activist/artist collective, who will be offering writing/art workshops in conjunction with our discussions. Ultimately, we hope to create a sense of an artist/activist community of people interested in this work. This discussion series will meet monthly at Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., starting with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program from 7-8:30 p.m. Through this discussion series, Allyship works to build a progressive LGBTQ community of people fighting all oppressions and connecting everyday issues that affect all of us.

The dates and topics of the discussion series are:

Tuesday, September 30 - Closed Minds, Closed Borders: A Discussion on the Intersectionality of Immigrant Rights and LGBTQ Rights.

Thursday, October 23 - Beyond Marriage: Threats & Progress Regarding Health Insurance, Family Leave & Domestic Partnership.

Monday, November 24 - OUT of Queer Space: The History of Gentrification and the Exploration of Decreasing Queer Space on Capitol Hill.

Allyship activists are LGBTQ and Allies who believe that all oppressions are interconnected and in the possibility of a world free of oppression. We seek to work in solidarity with marginalized communities to understand the interconnectedness of oppression and to support the systematic liberation of all people.

This discussion series is being sponsored by Allyship, Student Labor Action Project (SLAP), Bend-It, Equal Rights Washington, Seattle NOW, Reclaim the Media and Comite Pro-Amnistia General y Justicia Social.



OCTOBER IS GLBT HISTORY MONTH
Philadelphia's Equality Forum presents their redesigned GLBT History Month 2008 website spotlighting 31 noteable GLBT individuals. Starting October 1, visit www.glbthistorymonth.com.



GRACE GOSPEL CHAPEL HOSTS FIVE-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 five-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



REEL MEAN! AT NEIGHBOURS TO BENEFIT AIDS WALK AND IMPERIAL COURT
On Wednesday, October 1, join Cady, Regina and the Mean Girls at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway, for a night of laughter and fun as we raise funds for two local organizations. The fun begins at 7 p.m. with music by DJ Kyler (C89.5) and a gag reel featuring some of the funniest comedy skits on TV! Then grab a few snacks and kick back with our host Aleksa Manila for a screening of Mean Girls! Entry only $3. Event proceeds to benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance AIDS Walk and Imperial Court of Seattle. Presented by Synergy.



FUNDRAISER FOR MARTHA MANNING CO-OWNER OF WILDROSE TO BE HELD AT CHOP SUEY
On Wednesday, October 1, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., there will be a fundraiser for Martha Manning, co-owner of The Wildrose, who was seriously injured recently in a freak fire accident and who has been in Harborview Hospital with second and third degree burns. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show will start at 9 p.m.

The LGBT community has been more than eager to help out in any way they can. The show will feature one of Martha's favorite groups, Leslie and the Ly's, as well as Team Gina, Precious Moments, Frankenheart, DJ's Dewey Decimal, Mathematix, go-go dancers, burlesque acts and more being added all the time! The Wildrose will be closed that evening so that all can come and help out a wonderful woman who keeps our community hopping. Anyone who cannot attend but wants to donate can do so by sending a check or money order made out to Martha Manning, c/o The Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122, and it will be deposited into an account that has been set up for her.



NORTHWEST NETWORK CO-HOSTS "SAM REMIX" TO COMMEMORATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
On Friday, October 3, from 6-9 p.m., The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse co-hosts "SAM REMIX" at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Ave. (at Union St.). Enjoy music from local DJs, the current exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum and refreshments. "Let's celebrate our continual work in creating healthy and sustaining communities by appreciating the role of art in our movements and by connecting with one another." Cost is the regular admission to the museum. For more information, call 206-568-7777 or visit www.nwnetwork.org.



SEATTLE COMPOSER BERN HERBOLSHEIMER TO BE HONORED IN TRIBUTE CONCERT AT CORNISH COLLEGE
On Friday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m., Cornish College of the Arts, Kerry Hall, 710 E. Roy St., will present a special tribute concert devoted to the music of noted composer and long-time Seattle resident Bern Herbolsheimer. "We're especially excited to present this concert in honor of Bern's 35 years' service as a Cornish faculty member and to mark his retirement from teaching," said Cornish Music Department Chair Kent Devereaux. "An entire generation of Seattle composers has been fortunate to have studied with Bern over the years." The Herbolsheimer tribute concert will feature two world premiere performances. Tickets: $15 general; $7.50 students, alumni, seniors.



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 Majestics 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!



DESIGN INDUSTRIES FOUNDATION FIGHTING AIDS - DIFFA/SEATTLE HOSTS "PARTY AT THE MANSION"
On Saturday, October 11, DIFFA Seattle presents the 4th annual Party At The Mansion, a fundraising benefit in support of local HIV/AIDS service and education providers. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a luxury silent auction at this delightful dance party featuring NYC DJ Billy Carroll. The party will be held at the Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave., in Seattle starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $150 per person; Bunny Club $250. For more information, call 206-628-8949 ext 210, visit www.diffa.org, or email diffaseattle@yahoo.com.



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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