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MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE PRESENTS FREE CONCERT SPARKS OF GLORY: A VANISHED WORLD
On Saturday, January 31, starting at 2 p.m., Music of Remembrance presents a FREE afternoon concert at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., dedicated to the vibrant and distinctive communal life of Jewish Europe before the Holocaust. David Stock's nostalgic "A Vanished World" summons up the sounds of life in a shtetl built of music, Joseph Acheron's work recalls folkloric elements of Russian Jewish life, Geon Leduc's atmospheric salon pieces echo of Central European gentility, and Lori Littman's song cycle, "The Seed of Dream," sung by baritone Erich Parcel, reports from the horrific last moments of the Vilna ghetto. With an introduction by Artistic Director Mina Miller.

A SUPER DRAG SHOW SUNDAY EVENING AFTER THE SUPER BOWL
On Sunday, February 1, the Imperial Court of Seattle's College of Monarchs will present a "Sunday Super Drag Show" following the Super Bowl game, featuring former Empresses Madison Lane, Gaysha Starr, Asia, Peaches O'Day, Rosita and reigning Empress Nina Maxwell. The show will be held at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway, starting at 8 p.m. A truly royal evening of drag! $5 donation at the door.

RAIN COUNTRY DANCE OFFERS TWO-STEP LESSONS
On Tuesday, February 3, Rain Country Dance Association will offer kickoff weekly two-step lessons for the GLBTQ community and allies. Beginner's lessons start at 7:00 p.m., followed by intermediate lessons at 8:00 p.m. For both tracks, each week's lessons will build on moves and techniques taught the prior week. Lessons are open to all, regardless of age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Each six-week series is only $60, with a discount for Rain Country members. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country Dance Association is a Seattle and Greater Puget Sound non-profit country-western dance organization, catering to the GLBTQ community, but open to all. Rain Country produces "Cuff Country" dance nights on Fridays at The Cuff Complex, as well as regular skill-building workshops. In April 2009, Rain Country will present its second annual weekend event, the Emerald City Hoedown.

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 five months are: 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.

FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP FOR SMALL, SCRAPPY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
This low-cost three-session workshop to be held on Thursday, February 5, 12 & 19, from 6-9 p.m., at South Seattle Community College, will show you how your group can make fundraising more strategic, more effective and less labor-intensive. The workshop will be led by Lisa Arnold, a consultant to community-based organizations who has worked in the nonprofit arena for 20 years. She specializes in community organizing, fund development and communications. The cost is $49. To register, call 206-764-5339 or visit www.learnatsouth.org.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR BLIND & LOW-VISION QUEERS BEGINS IN FEBRUARY
A new support group for blind and low-vision Queers will begin meeting on Friday, February 6. The group will meet the first Friday of each month from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. at E. Republican St. For more information, please call Darryl at 206-329-2935.

RAINBOW BINGO WITH SYLVIA O'STAYFORMORE & THE SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE
On Friday, February 6, Sylvia O'Stayformore, with the assistance of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, will host Rainbow "Carnival Time" theme Bingo at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St. The fundraising event, which benefits the center, begins at 5:30 p.m. with "Hot Ipanema music" and assorted food and beverages sold as part of the theme. Participants are encouraged to dress for the occasion with special prizes given out to the best dressed. Sylvia O'Stayformore, drag queen extraordinaire, will be the Bingo caller starting at 7 p.m., assisted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Donation of $15 includes Bingo package. Bingos will be rewarded with fun prizes of gift certificates, baskets of goodies, apparel, etc. There will also be a Split the Pot and an auction of wonderful items. For reservations, call 932-4044 ext. 1. Table of 10 or more are reserved with advance paid reservations. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.

GLSEN/WA HOSTS TWO OPEN HOUSES TO DISCUSS LOCAL AD COUNCIL CAMPAIGN
At the end of last year, the national GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) office announced the first LGBT-oriented Ad Council campaign ever. Next month, with your help, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Washington State will be bringing those PSAs to Tacoma and Seattle. You know the Ad Council - they've brought us Rosie the Riveter and Smokey Bear and reminded America that "a mind is a terrible thing to waste," "friends don't let friends drive drunk," and "this is your brain on drugs." Now it's "When you say 'that's so Gay,' do you realize what you say? Knock it off!" GLSEN and the Ad Council have engineered a thought-provoking campaign aimed at youth to target the anti-LGBT phrase most often heard in schools. For complete information on the campaign, visit www.thinkb4youspeak.com.

GLSEN WA will be showing the PSAs at two Open House meetings on Friday, February 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Center, 741 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, and on Saturday, February 7 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Soho Coffee Company, 1918 E. Yesler Way, Seattle. Learn about the work GLSEN is doing and how you can help get these PSAs on local radio and TV. Also, meet Martha Langmuir from GLSEN's national office in New York, along with GLSEN WA board members and volunteers. RSVPs requested to washingtonstate@chapters.glsen.org. For more information, visit www.glsen.org/washington.

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

LGBT PILOTS AND AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS GROUP OF THE PACIFIC NW & BRITISH COLUMBIA HOSTS LUNCH MEETING
On Saturday, February 7, the Cascade Flyers - LGBT Pilots and Aviation Enthusiasts Group of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia - will host a lunch meeting at noon in Georgetown near Boeing Field. Visit their website and/or send email message for location: www.cascadeflyers.org; cascadeflyers@cascadeflyers.org.

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:

Sunday, February 8 at 11 a.m. - Voting Day, Richmark Building, 1605 12th Ave. at E. Pine St.
Sunday, February 8 at 7 p.m. - In-Town Show & Awards, location to be determined.
Thursday, February 12 at 7 p.m. - Salt Lake City/Denver Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $10.
Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m. - Out-of-Town Show, Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. $20.
Saturday, February 14 at 5 p.m. - Coronation 2009, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way.
Sunday, February 15 at 11 a.m. - Victory Brunch, Purr Lounge, 1518 11th Ave. $25.
Sunday, February 15 at 3 p.m. - Alaska Bird Water Party, C.C. Attle's, 1501 E. Madison St.
For more information, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com

STRENGTHENING LESBIAN RELATIONSHIPS WORKSHOP
Back by popular demand, this workshop, which meets on Sunday, February 8, from 3-5 p.m., at Jewish Family Services, 1601 16th Ave., is open to all LBTQ women in the community. It will provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore how they can build healthier, stronger intimate relationships. Successful Lesbian relationships, like all rewarding relationships, require good communication, the ability to manage differences and disappointments, and playfulness. At the same time, gender roles, homophobia, and expectations about intimacy and sex impact Lesbian relationships in unique ways. Examine these topics and others during a warm, inviting discussion facilitated by Dr. G. Dorsey Green, co-author of Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships. Whether you are single or have a partner, this workshop will help you to build healthier, stronger intimate relationships. Cost is $10 per person; scholarships are available. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

POZ SEATTLE IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN
POZ Seattle, Seattle's only all volunteer driven, social organization by and for HIV-Positive men of all ages, is looking to expand its volunteer pool. POZ Seattle's signature event, the monthly socials at the Cuff, continues to draw between 75-100 men each month, and volunteers are needed to help sustain this and other POZ Seattle initiatives.

According to volunteer Steve Plunk, "We have a core group of about six guys that pretty much run the show, and we'd like to have a few more to help out." Specifically, volunteers are needed to help out in the following areas: Grant writing to sustain the organization, menu planning and food purchasing for the monthly Cuff socials (food costs fully reimbursable within budget), theme planners and decorator for monthly socials (decoration costs fully reimbursable within budget), media and community relations to help promote our events, greeter at the monthly socials, and guest griller at the summer BBQs, If you have the skills, time (two-for hour commitment per month) and motivation, we'd really welcome and appreciate your help! Even if you've never been to a POZ Seattle event before, you are encouraged to get involved. For more information, please come to our informal Volunteer Orientation before the February social on Wednesday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the downstairs bar at the Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St. Meet the current volunteers, get your questions answered, and sign up for volunteer duties. If you can't make it, send us an email from our website (www.pozseattle.org) with your contact information and volunteer interests. Someone will contact you. Hope to see you on the 11th!

ROSEHEDGE HOUSE HOSTS VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AND DANCE
On Saturday, February 14, join Master of Ceremonies King County Councilmember Dow Constantine, and friends of Rosehedge House for a Valentine's Day dinner, dance and silent auction to benefit Rosehedge AIDS Housing and Health Care.

You can hold hands across a romantic table for two, have fun with friends at a group table for 4, 6, 8, or 10, flirt with the competition for must-have silent auction items, and dance cheek-to-cheek to the sultry jazz styling's of the Dina Blade Band.

The event will be held at the Arctic Club Hotel, Dome Room, 700 Third Ave. at Cherry St. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a hosted champagne and hors d'oeuvres reception. At 6:30 p.m., one lucky guest will receive a special magnum of wine valued at over $150. Enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Thomas Kollasch of Juno.

Tickets are $150/Individual; $300/Couple - you may select seating at a group table of 4, 6, 8, or 10; $350/Sweetheart Table, private table for 2; $550/Lovers' Retreat package, two seats at a group table, plus a luxurious room for the night; $600/Cupid Package, an intimate table for two, plus a luxurious room for the night.

Register today by calling Jennifer at 206-365-6806 ext 229 or online at www.rosehedge.org. Tickets are limited so make your reservation by February 6th to ensure your spot at this extraordinary event filled with friends, fun, frivolity, and romance.

"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.

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.

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

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