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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 SW 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 & 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.



SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS PRESENTS ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY CONCERT
Despite the recent weather, the Seattle Men's Chorus did perform all their scheduled 2008 holiday concerts. But an estimated 1600 SMC patrons were trapped during the snowstorm and unable to make it to Benaroya Hall. Dedicated Chorus and Benaroya Hall staff, generous chorus member donors, and hundreds of chorus members with holiday-spirit-to-spare have banded together to perform a true "post Christmas miracle!" The SMC has figured out a way to put on one more concert for all to enjoy!

Benaroya Hall has graciously donated the hall and waived all facility fees to make this concert miracle a reality. Donations from chorus members will cover the staff and musician costs.

Any SMC ticket holder with an unused ticket to any December 2008 concert, in hand, can bring that ticket to Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St., on January 5 and receive free admission to this special added performance. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The general public can attend the concert for a reduced ticket price of $20 (cash or charge at the door, day of show only). This concert will be festival seating so ticket holders will not necessarily get the seat they were originally assigned. No online or advance sales are possible.

"Fruitcake" will be performed in its entirety as the beloved 250-person chorus fills the hall with joyous (and hilarious) holiday music. Adjustments to the lighting, staging and props will be made for this special one-time performance.



DUNSHEE HOUSE LAUNCHES GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB
Come discuss the best of Gay and Lesbian novels at the new Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club. Join other book-lovers on a drop-in basis every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. Come only once or come every meeting. Each month a different title will be discussed. The titles for the next 6 months are: January - Breakfast With Scot by Michael Downing; February - Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson; March - I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell; April - The City and The Pillar by Gore Vidal; May - The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; June - Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. For more information, call 206-322-2437; nickdimartin@earthlink.net.



COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at Country 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.



BISHOP GENE ROBINSON, FIRST ANGLICAN GAY BISHOP, TO VISIT SEATTLE
The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire and the first openly Gay bishop in the Anglican Communion, will visit Seattle on Monday and Tuesday, January 12 and 13. On January 12, he will lead a worship service at St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., at 4:30 p.m. and give a public speech at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St., at 7:30 p.m. On January 13, he will preach an evening service at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St. at 7 p.m. Bishop Robinson will bring his message of inclusion and share his personal story at each of the public events.



COURT OF SEATTLE'S CORONATION COMING UP
The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire presents Coronation 2009 - "The President's Ball: A Red Affair" - on Saturday, February 14 (5 p.m.), at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way. The Court of Seattle is once again proud to host the Queen Mother of the Americas, Empress Nicole the Great, as she presents her State of the Empire address to the International Court community in Seattle. We are also honored that she and the International Court Council will present the 2009 Ascension Ceremony, with the appointment of Heirs Apparent to Her Majesty.

The schedule of coronation events is as follows: Saturday, January 17 (8 p.m.) - Introduction of Candidates Show at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. FREE.

Sunday, February 8 (11 a.m.) - Voting Day, Richmark Building, 1605 12th Ave. (at E. Pine St.)

Sunday, February 8 (7 p.m.) - In-Town Show & Awards, location to be determined.

Thursday, February 12 (7 p.m.) - Salt Lake City/Denver Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $10.

Friday, February 13 (7 p.m.) - Out-of-Town Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $20.

Saturday, February 14 (5 p.m.) - Coronation 2009, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way.

Sunday, February 15 (11 a.m.) - Victory Brunch, Purr Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. $25.

Sunday, February 15 (3 p.m.) - Alaska Bird Water Party, C.C. Attle's, 1501 E. Madison St.

For more information, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com



BAILEY-BOUSHAY HOUSE HOSTS ANNUAL CHEF'S DINNER
Too many cooks in the kitchen will be a good thing on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2008, as more than a dozen of Seattle's best and brightest chefs unite for the 16th annual Chefs' Dinner to benefit Seattle's Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled nursing facility for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases. Guests will enjoy the best Seattle chefs have to offer at the hors d'oeuvres reception and silent wine auction. An exclusive multi-course dinner featuring entrées by leading culinarians will follow the reception.

Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, hosts the event. Reception and silent wine auction at 5 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Organizers hope to raise $200,000 to directly support the nutrition program at Bailey-Boushay House.

"AIDS is not over," said Brian Knowles, Executive Director of Bailey-Boushay House. "The complex nature of the disease requires that our residents and clients receive special care. The need for a facility like Bailey-Boushay House is greater than it ever has been. We owe many thanks to these culinary masters for putting on such a wonderful celebration of our work."

This year's honorary chef, Joseba Jiménez de Jiménez, began his career in Madrid, Spain in 1979. He studied in San Sebastian and Paris and worked for the U.S. Embassy in Spain catering special events. He worked as a consulting chef for 10 years opening more than 20 restaurants in New York and throughout the country before moving to Seattle in 1997. Here he opened a catering company with his wife called The Harvest Vine and later opened a restaurant by the same name. The Harvest Vine was selected by Seattle Magazine as one of Seattle's 10 Very Best Restaurants of 2007.

Tickets: Reception and silent wine auction only - $75; reception, silent wine auction and dinner - $300 & $600. For more information, visit www.virginiamason.org/chefs.

Bailey-Boushay House, opened in 1992, is America's first skilled nursing facility that was planned, funded, built and staffed to meet the needs of people living with AIDS. The nationally-recognized facility provides care for people living with HIV/AIDS and other complex, life-threatening diseases promoting their health, well-being and functional independence. Bailey-Boushay is operated by Virginia Mason Medical Center.



MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SEATTLE
On Monday, January 19, celebrate MLK Jr. Day in Seattle at one of the following events:

City Year and over 600 community members will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with community service projects: including painting, landscaping, a community mural project, cleaning, organizing and sorting. The work will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact Minerva at mhumphrie@cityyear.org; 206-219-5014.

The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee will host their 27th annual region-wise MLK, Jr. Celebration at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., with workshops, 9:30-11 a.m., rally at 11 a.m., and a march starting at noon from Garfield High School to the Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave. Immediately after the march, food and refreshments will be served at Garfield High School's lunch room, free to all participants. www.mlkseattle.org.

The Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas and the Seattle Center present a staged reading of excerpts of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches at 2:30 p.m., in the Seattle Center Center House Pavilion. From "I Have a Dream" to "Beyond Vietnam," Martin Luther King Jr.'s words are revolutionary in the face of opposition. Dr. King's speeches are powerful, inspiring and controversial and spanned issues from civil and global human rights to nuclear proliferation. www.cdforum.org.

All events are FREE and open to the public.



GAY/BI PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP STARTING IN JANUARY
A free support group for Gay/Bi men diagnosed with prostate cancer will kick off on Monday, January 19, 6:30-8 p.m., at Gilda's Club Seattle, 1400 Broadway and will meet the third Tuesday of each month. The group will be a safe space for emotional support on issues of treatment, sexuality, relationships and topics specific to Gay/Bi men. For more information or to attend, please call 206-709-1400.



NORTHWEST NETWORK SPONSORS RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS - JAN 21-FEB 24
The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse will be sponsoring a six-week LGBTQ Relationship Skills Class on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., from January 21 to February 24, 2009. Topics include: identifying cultural norms and personal values, accountability, naming and setting boundaries, strengthening support networks and more! The class will be held at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway. The cost is a suggested donation of $90, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 14. If you need an interpreter, please register by Wednesday, January 7. For more information, accessibility questions or to register, contact Deann Alcantara Thompson at 206-568-7777 or deann@nwnetwork.org.



PRIDE FOUNDATION & GSBA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE
The Pride Foundation and the Greater Seattle Business Association are seeking scholarship applicants for the 2009-2010 school year. Over $350,000 is available in scholarships. Applications must be post-marked by January 23, 2009. For more information about the scholarship program, to download the application and find out about upcoming application workshops in your area, visit www.pridefoundation.org/scholarships.



"PINK AND BENT: ART OF QUEER WOMEN"
During the month of December, glbtq.com, the world's largest encyclopedia of GLBTQ culture, is celebrating contemporary art by Queer women with an online exhibition entitled "Pink and Bent: Art of Queer Women."

glbtq.com's online presentation features the work of 24 artists, each of whom is profiled on the site. The exhibition will be featured on glbtq.com's home page throughout December and will remain available on the website indefinitely.



HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO HELP PREVENT HIV 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



SOLDIERS PROJECT NW OFFERS FREE COUNSELING FOR VETS/ACTIVE MILITARY & THEIR LOVES ONES
Soldiers Project NW is a 100% volunteer organization whose purpose is to provide free counseling to those who have served or are serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and to their families and loved ones, including LGBT active military/veterans and their loved ones. Many people choose to receive help directly from the military or the VA. Soldiers Project NW offers an alternative for those who, for whatever reason, do not or cannot utilize those benefits. Soldiers Project NW has put together a list of licensed private practice therapists from Olympia to Bellingham who are willing to see one client (or couple, or family) at no charge, for as long as they need to be seen to deal with any of the stressors that have come from being involved in combat or loving someone who has. For more information, call the Soldiers Project NW's 24-hour phone line, 206-290-1035.



CALL FOR PROPOSALS ON LESBIAN HEALTH TOPICS
The Lesbian Health & Research Center at University of California, San Francisco, seeks workshops and presentations on Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer women's health topics to be presented at the 2009 National Lesbian Health Summit to be held on March 6-8, 2009, in San Francisco.

The Lesbian Health & Research Center (LHRC) is dedicated to improving the health of Lesbians, Bisexual women, Transgender people, and our families. To achieve this goal, they create comprehensive programs of research, education and trainings, public events and community collaborations.

For more information on the 2009 National Lesbian Health Summit - including registration and to submit proposals - go to http://lesbianhealthinfo.org/NationalLesbianHealthSummit/.

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