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HELLO, DOLLY! ONLINE DISCOUNT TICKET SALES TO BENEFIT POCAAN & DUNSHEE HOUSE
Get tickets to see Jenifer Lewis in Hello, Dolly! at a special discount rate of only $50 (down from the general public $69-$81) plus $4.50 processing fee for each ONLINE ticket sold for select performances at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Total ticket price = $54.50 and POCAAN or Dunshee House will receive a $20 donation for each ticket sold for the following performance dates only: Tuesday, March 10 (7:30 p.m.), Wednesday, March 11 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15 @ 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17 @ 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22 @ 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, March 25 @ 7:30 p.m.

To order the special discount tickets, visit
http://www.5thavenue.org/account/Login.aspx? To begin placing your ticket order, sign in or register for a new account. Enter your promotion code: Either POCAAN or DUNSHEE. The words "Discount Price" will appear above the ticket cost when you have logged in successfully for applicable dates. Once you have selected your seats, you will see a screen that shows your totals and fees. There is a $4.50 processing fee on every ticket sold; total ticket price is $54.50.

Please note that the $20 donation will show up in the free line - this is NOT a fee, but rather the way the 5th Avenue Theatre directs a $20 donation back to POCAAN or Dunshee House. You will only be charged $54.50 per ticket. This special discount benefit offer is available only online. This offer is not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with any other offers. Once purchased, tickets are nonrefundable. All sales are final.

ORCA SWIM TEAM HOSTS EMERALD CITY 2009 MASTERS SWIM MEET
On Saturday, March 7, Seattle's LGBT recreational and competitive swim team will host a regional LGBT masters swim meet at Seattle University's Connolly Center Pool, 550 14th Ave., from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. Spectators are welcome. Enter at the entrance on E. Cherry St. - signs will be posted. Free admission. For complete information, to sign up to participate (deadline is Tuesday, March 3) and for a complete schedule of events, visit www.orcaswimteam.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 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.

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON HOSTS 3RD ANNUAL GALA "LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!"
On Saturday, March 7, Equal Rights Washington presents "Lights, Camera, Action!", a fun-filled, festive event featuring a silent auction, a five-course gourmet dinner and celebrity performances. Hosted by Deborah Brandt, award-winning former host of KUOW's Morning Edition, with keynote speaker, Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA superstar and Seattle Storm player, ERW Gala veteran and Last Comic Standing finalist Michele Balan. The event will be held at the W Hotel, 1112 4th Ave. Enjoy cocktails and silent auction from 6-7:30 p.m., dinner and entertainment from 7:30-10 p.m., W Hotel After Party from 10 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $175. For reservations, call 206-324-2570 or visit www.equalrightswashington.org/gala.

DYKE COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS CELEBRATE INT'L WOMEN'S DAY WITH PANEL DISCUSSION - "RAISING WOMEN'S VOICES FOR GAZA"
On Saturday, March 7, Dyke Community Activists, a local social change group, celebrates International Women's Day by sponsoring a panel of women to discuss the crisis in Gaza. The event runs for 6:30-9 p.m. at POCAAN, 1609 19th Ave., and includes a lavish appetizer buffet and African drumming by Seattle's SistaBoom. Donations will be collected for the Women's Rights Unit of the Palestine Center for Human Rights in Gaza. Suggested donation is $5-$15. No one turned away for lack of money. The venue is wheelchair accessible and organizers ask guests to refrain from wearing strong scents to ensure accessibility for all.

DUNSHEE HOUSE 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 four months are: 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

POZ SEATTLE HOSTS ST. PATRICK'S SOCIAL
On Wednesday, March 11, POZSeattle is pleased to present their annual St. Patrick's Social from 6-8 p.m. at The Cuff Complex, 13th & E. Pine St. Meet in the downstairs bar for snacks, socializing and a whole lot of fun. This event is free (except for the cost of beverages) 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, to plan your own social event, or to be added to the POZSeattle event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit www.pozseattle.org.

GAY OL' PURIM PARTY FOR SEATTLE'S QUEER JEWISH COMMUNITY
Gay ol' Purim is a Purim party for Seattle's Queer Jewish community and friends! On Wednesday, March 11, come celebrate the holiday of Purim, which is often viewed as the Jewish coming out holiday in honor of Esther's "coming out" as a Jew. The party will be held from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., at The Baltic Room, 1207 Pine St., just west of Melrose Ave. The evening will feature a costume party, burlesque performance by Miss Indigo Blue, a drag Purim spiel, and, of course, drinks and dancing with music mixed by DJ Mathematix! For more information, email joshf@hilleluw.org. Sponsored by Kolenu, the LGBT program of JConnect Seattle.

EQUAL RIGHTS WASHINGTON SPONSORS EQUALITY DAY IN OLYMPIA
On Thursday, March 12, participate in the biennial Lobby Day in Olympia supporting LGBT civil rights. For more information and to pre-register, visit www.equalrightswashington.org.

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.

WASHINGTON STATE LEATHER PRIDE WEEK MARCH 13-22
Last year over 50 events were held around the state in celebration of Washington State Leather Pride Week. This year's Washington State Mr. & Ms. Leather Contest will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave.

A complete schedule of Washington State Leather Pride Week events will be available soon at www.wsmlo.org.

AN EXHIBIT ON WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN SEATTLE
From March 1 through May 31, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, located in the former Cadillac Hotel at 319 2nd Ave. S., is presenting a tribute to Catherine Blaine (1829-1908), the suffragist who opened Seattle's first school in 1854 in a house at the intersection of what is now First Avenue and Madison St. The museum will be open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Special events will be held throughout the run of the exhibit. Special lectures and presentations will be held on March 14 (a history of the women's suffrage movement in Seattle), March 28 (a national perspective on the women's rights movement), April 4 (a dramatization of the story of prim-and-proper Emma Smith DeVoe and flamboyant May Arkwright Hutton who, despite contrasting styles, helped win the vote for women in Washington State), April 5 (a fashion show demonstrating how the women's rights movement influenced women's clothing styles up to the time women gained the right to vote in 1910), and May 9 (a presentation on Fay Fuller, the first woman to climb Mt. Rainier (in 1910); Helen Thayer, an adventurer and explorer; and Minnie Peterson, a mountain guide). The special events will begin at 2 p.m., except on March 28 at 2:30 p.m.

SEATTLE GAY SOFTBALL SEEKS NEW PLAYERS; SKILLS CLINIC COMING UP
On Saturday, March 14, the Open Division of the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) will host the second of two scheduled skills clinics from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rainier Beach playfields, 8802 Rainier Ave. S., to allow new players a chance to hit, field and catch a few softballs and meet teams that are looking for new players. Prospective new players are encouraged, but not required, to bring their own equipment (a softball mitt and cleats) and to wear warm clothes. Extra equipment may be available to borrow. If Saturday is a rainout, please attend on Sunday, March 15, at the same time and place. Please visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com and register your profile now so teams can find you before the season begins.

Seattle Gay softball is a great way to meet new people and enjoy spending time outdoors in an organized activity. Games are played on Sundays, with the season running from early April through mid-July (including the playoff tournament). The ECSA Open Division league is open to everyone, regardless of skill level: men and women, Gay and non-Gay. For more information about the skills clinics or playing with the ECSA Open Division, visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com. For information on the ECSA's Women's Division (for women only), visit www.seattlegaysoftball.com. The Women's Division will hold their play day/skills clinic on Sunday, March 22, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at Lower Woodland Fields south of Green Lake.

43RD LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT TOWN HALL MEETING
On Saturday, March 14, 43rd District state representatives, House Speaker Frank Chopp and State Rep. Jamie Pedersen, invite the community to join them for a discussion of the 2009 legislative session. The meeting will be held Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., starting at 1:30 p.m.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE PRESENTS FREE CONCERT - SPARKS OF GLORY: GHETTO SONGS
On Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m., Music of Remembrance (MOR) presents a FREE afternoon concert at the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium, 100 University St. MOR's popular outreach series brings a reprise of Paul Schoenfield's poignant MOR commission "Ghetto Songs" - its premiere was named one of last year's top five Seattle classical music performance by The Gathering Note. Also, works from émigré musicians such as Ernest Bloch and Erich Korngold, who helped shape American musical life, will be performed. In an extension of the theme of SAM's exhibition, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art 1660-1893," MOR artistic director Mina Miller discusses America as a haven for musical artists fleeing the Holocaust. www.musicofremembrance.org.

KICK OFF LEATHER PRIDE WEEK WITH NUNS OF STEEL III - SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE
On Saturday, March 14, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at The Cuff Complex, 13th & E. Pine St. How often can you say you've had your bottom spanked by a Sister? For a small donation you can confess your transgressions to a bona fide Sister who will send you to your penance station for redemption. Fetish gear encouraged. Be sure to have your pockets filled with change. All proceeds from this event benefit Strength Over Speed (SOS), a grassroots, all volunteer community-based project whose mission is to help Gay and Bisexual men maintain recovery from crystal meth addiction. www.strengthoverspeed.org.

Q-SPRING WEEKEND RETREAT - A CELEBRATION OF SELF & SPRING FOR GAY, BI & TRANS MEN MARCH 20-22
Q-Spring is a chance to gather with other men to reflect on, embrace, and celebrate who you are, where you have been, and where you are headed. Q-Spring is intended to be a personal experience in a communal setting. Discover new parts of yourself and enjoy the company of other men in a non-judgmental, attitude-free atmosphere. Join us for this fresh, innovative, revelatory weekend. Registration fee: $160. Scholarships are available - apply by March 15. The retreat will be held at a conference center near Seattle. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org or email qspring@qsquared.org, phone 206-339-4000, or write Q-Spring, c/o Q-Squared Men, PO Box 23129, Seattle, WA 98102. NOTE: Mailed questions may take up to two weeks for response.

"COMMUNITY STORIES" DOCUMENTS THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES & HEALTH CARE STRUGGLE AROUND THE AIDS CRISIS IN SEATTLE IN THE 1980S
The onset of AIDS "was a health crisis, but it was also a civil rights crisis," recalls Carol Sterling, former director of the Chicken Soup Brigade. Debuting recently on the Seattle Channel (Cable Channel 21), "Community Stories" looks back to the 1980s and the start of the AIDS epidemic in Seattle. This history is told through the words of people - including Sterling, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Seattle Gay News editor George Bakan and King County AIDS Program Director Bob Wood - who lived and worked on the front lines in the community. Learn about this important history by following this link now: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=3170902.

COMING OUT GROUP FOR WOMEN OF CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS
This group is for women identifying as Lesbians (publicly or privately) who are also "coming out" of conservative religious backgrounds. Coming out is, and should be, an exciting time. However, when you face the loss of support from family and friends, and maybe even question your faith, it can feel like your foundation is crumbling. This group is designed to be a safe place to explore the questions, the loss, and the joy of coming out with other women on the journey. The group is led by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and is eight weeks in length. For more information, please contact Stephanie Bender, MA, LMHC, 206-853-8349 or stephanie@stephaniebender.com.

"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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