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AFSC SPEAKER'S BUREAU LOOKING FOR QUEER YOUTH
The American Friends Service Committee's speaker's bureau, Out Spoken, is looking for Queer youth to interview about their life experiences and hopes for the future to expand and enrich their panel presentations. Participants will receive a gift card and much appreciation for helping out. Contact LT at ltan@AFSC.org for more information and to set up an interview.

FRUITS IN SUITS SOCIAL
On Friday, April 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Puffin Productions hosts "Fruits In Suits," a casual monthly after-work social networking event for GLBT professionals and friends at the Featherston Gallery, 818 E. Pike St., with lounge beats by DJ MattStands. Cost is $8, which includes first drink and hors d'oeuvres. Must be 21+. Proceeds go to The Trevor Project. www.puffinproductions.com.

GAY CITY HOSTS FREE SHIFT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
On Friday, April 24, from 7-9 p.m., Gay City Health Project hosts "Happy SHIFTiversary" to celebrate the first anniversary of SHIFT: A Peer Recovery Network. The FREE celebration will be held at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St. SHIFT: A Peer Recovery Network is a multi-agency collaboration that provides administrative, emotional, and supervisory support for volunteers and clients in the Seattle/King County area who are LGBTQ people struggling with drug/alcohol abuse and addiction issues. SHIFT is a collaborative project of Dunshee House, Gay City Health Project, Multifaith Works, and Seattle Counseling Services. For more information, visit www.multifaith.org.

FREEDOM SOCIALIST PARTY PRESENTS FORUM ON OBAMA PRESIDENCY
On Friday, April 24, the Freedom Socialist Party presents a public forum on "The Obama Presidency: A Critical Look at the First 100 Days." The event will be held at 7:30 p.m., at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Admission is $3 at the door. Tasty snack plates will be served for $6. For rides, childcare, or work exchanges, please call three days in advance. Bring food for the local food bank and they'll deliver. Take the #7 bus and get off at S. Hudson St. For more information, visit 206-722-2453 or email fspseattle@mindspring.com.

EMERALD CITY HOEDOWN TO BENEFIT GAY CITY HEALTH PROJECT
The weekend of April 24-26, Rain Country Dance Association will host the secondnd Annual Emerald City Hoedown. The hoedown will feature three days of dancing, workshops, and social events. The weekend is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, body type, and skill level, and no partner is required. Registration is $75, with limited scholarships available for those with financial need. More details are available at www.raincountrydance.org/hoedown.

Part of the proceeds from this year's Emerald City Hoedown will benefit Gay City Health Project, the premiere provider of HIV and STD testing in King County. A multicultural Gay men's health organization, Gay City promotes the health of Gay and Bisexual men and prevents HIV transmission by building community, fostering communication, and nurturing self-esteem.

Founded in 2006, Rain Country Dance creates a friendly environment for GLBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest. We support this country western dance community by providing opportunities to dance, learn, and perform. In addition to the Emerald City Hoedown, Rain Country produces "Cuff Country" dance nights on Fridays at the Cuff Complex, as well as regular skill building workshops at the Miller Community Center.

ARBORETUM FOUNDATION PRESENTS "FLORABUNDANCE" ANNUAL PLANT SALE
On Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., the Arboretum presents "FlorAbundance," the region's largest, most complete plant sale with more than 45 nurseries presenting their choice perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, ferns, rhododendrons, native plants and vegetable starts. The event will be held at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sandpoint Way NE, Building 30 and will feature an expanded selection of unusual annuals, heirloom tomatoes, vegetables, grasses, conifers, rare woodland orchids and other shade lovers. Plant prices are generally less than retail pricing, with a huge selection rarely seen in one location. FREE admission, with ample parking. The Washington Park Arboretum celebrates their 75th birthday this year. Help support the Arboretum at this fabulous plant sale. For more information, visit www.arboretumfoundation.org.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION SPRING LEAGUE UNDERWAY
The Open Division Spring League is underway every Sunday through June 21 (except Memorial Day weekend) at the North SeaTac Park, S. 128th St. & 20th Ave. S., SeaTac, WA (C Division Teams) and Celebration Park, 11th Pl. S. & S. 324th St. (1111 S. 324th St.), Federal Way (A, B & D Division Teams). (Check website for possible rainout announcements and Saturday rainout day schedules.) Both fields are accessible by public transit. For further information, including teams, league sponsors and schedule of play, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org. (NOTE: Women's Division play will begin soon. Visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org for updates.)

OUT FOR SUSTAINABILITY SPONSORS "EARTH GAY" EARTH DAY SERVICE PROJECTS AND AFTER-PARTY SOCIAL
On Sunday, April 26, join OUT for Sustainability as they partner with EOS (Environmental Outreach and Stewardship) Alliance for habitat restoration and Cascadian Edible Landscapes for low income garden projects. Afterwards join OUT for Sustainability for drink specials at their Earth Gay after-party social at Grey Gallery and Lounge, 1512 11th Ave. To sign-up, visit www.OUTsustainability.com. "OUT for Sustainability brings together the LGBT community with the social and environmental sustainability movements, for the benefit of each. We work with our partners to bring awareness into action through events and advocacy."

KCTS-TV BROADCASTS IN THE LIFE TV'S APRIL EPISODE: "REVISING GENDER"
KCT-TV, Channel 9, broadcasts In The Life TV's April episode, "Revising Gender," on Sunday, April 26, at midnight. In this episode, In The Life examines the controversy raging over the inclusion of Gender Identity Disorder in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling and political theorist, Paisley Currah, discuss legislation designed to protect Trans-people from discrimination at work and in gender-specific public spaces. The episode concludes with a segment on The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a global collective of Queer performance artists who defy expectation using the power of parody to promote human rights, respect for diversity, and spiritual enlightenment. In The Life TV's programming can also be watched online at your convenience at www.inthelifetv.org.

FREE MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING FOR LBT WOMEN
On Monday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the YWCA and the Center for Sex Positive Culture are conducting a mobile mammography screening focused on Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender women at the CSPC building, 1602 15th Ave. W. The mammograms are FREE for income-eligible women age 40 and older, who are uninsured or under insured. Women with insurance are also welcome. For an appointment or more information, please call the YWCA at 206-436-8623 or email LBTHealth@ywcaworks.org.

GAY SOCIAL DINNER CLUB OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY
Every Monday a group of Snohomish County Gay men meet at a different Snohomish County restaurant to socialize, network, share a joke or a life experience, meet new people, and make new friends. There are no dues to join this dinner club. The only cost is your meal. All ages welcome. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m., at El Paraiso Mexican Grill at the Silverlake Center, 11014 19th Ave. S.E., Everett. The Banquet Room has been reserved in the name of Ricardo. For more information about this or future events, contact Ricardo Hernandez at socialdinnerclub@yahoo.com or at 360-722-1664.

GSBA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH PRIDE NETWORKING MIXER
On Tuesday, April 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., join the GSBA's Young Professionals with Pride group for a networking mixer at Bistro on Yale, 1800 Yale Ave. at Howell St. Host Luis Haslett, General Manager of Springhill Suites by Marriott and Bistro on Yale will be giving away a weekend-night stay with dinner and three dinner-for-two gift certificates as door prizes. Cost is $5 GSBA members; $10 non-members; $5 students. You must be 21+ to attend YPP Networking Mixers. The GSBA's Young Professionals with Pride group is geared toward GSBA members ages 21-39. Advance registration requested at www.thegsba.org or 206-363-9188.

YOUTHCARE'S 24TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON - THE POWER OF 35! SUPPORTING HOMELESS & AT-RISK YOUTH INCLUDING LGBTQ YOUTH
For 35 years, YouthCare has been providing safety, stability and hope for thousands of homeless and at-risk youth, including ISIS, their transitional housing facility for LGBTQ youth. On Wednesday, April 29, YouthCare will be hosting a fundraising luncheon at the Westin, 1900 5th Ave., registration at 11:30 a.m.; lunch and program from noon-1 p.m. The event will be hosted by Sheri Schultz, Community Advocate, with Keynote Speaker Jeffrey H. Brotman, Costco Chairman and Master of Ceremonies Mimi Gan, KING 4 News. Suggested donation is $125. All proceeds from this event will directly fund housing, employment and education opportunities for vulnerable youth in Seattle. For sponsorship opportunities, to host a table or RSVP, please contact Sally Chong, Development Specialist, at sally.chong@youthcare.org or by phone: 206-267-3084.

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 three months are: 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.

"DINING OUT FOR LIFE" EVENT TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE & SOUTH PUGET SOUND AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
On Thursday, April 30, visit one or more of the many participating Seattle metropolitan area, Tacoma/Pierce County and Olympia/Thurston County restaurants and a portion of all proceeds (30% in Seattle and 25% in Tacoma/Olympia) from breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails will benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance and South Puget Sound AIDS service organizations. To see a full list of participating restaurants and for more information, visit www.DiningOutForLife.com.

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.

SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
The annual Seattle Erotic Art Festival will be held from Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, on Mercer St. just east of 3rd Ave. N. The festival features a juried exhibit of fine erotic art assembled from around the world. On Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m., exhibition-only admission is $10 at the box office. On Sunday, noon-4 p.m., admission to the exhibition-only is FREE. You must be 18 years old or over to attend the gallery exhibition. ID will be required and checked at the door. In addition, the weekend includes performances, DJ'd after-hours parties, lectures and workshops. You must be 21+ to attend the after-hour parties. Visit www.seattleerotic.org for complete details including information on day-pass tickets, which include admission to performances and after-hours parties, and information/additional costs for lectures/workshops. A special VIP opening night white-tie artist's reception will be held on Thursday evening, April 30. VIP package is $500.

MAY 1 INTERNATIONAL WORKERS' DAY MARCH & RALLY
On Friday, May 1, immigrant workers, unions, faith and community groups will gather at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, 611 20th Ave. S., and march to downtown Seattle starting at 4 p.m. to increase public awareness of the pressing need for workers' rights, immigrant rights, immigration reform, universal healthcare, and an end to the wars being waged by the United States. A rally in downtown Seattle in or near Qwest Field (exact site of rally to be determined) will begin at 5:30 p.m.

IMPERIAL COURT OF EVERETT CORONATION WEEKEND
On Friday, May 1, door at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., enjoy the Everett Coronation Out-of-Town Show at Twisted, 1212 California St., Everett, featuring drag performances by visiting dignitaries from out-of-town. $10 donation at the door. On Saturday, May 2, door at 5 p.m., coronation at 6 p.m., enjoy the Imperial Court of Everett's Coronation celebration "A Quest to Ancient Egypt: A Night on the Nile River" at the Sons of Norway Hall, 2725 Oakes Ave., Everett. Enjoy fine drag performances and festivities. Cost is $40, which includes a catered buffet dinner.

On Sunday, May 3, at 11 a.m., enjoy the Everett Coronation Victory Brunch at Twisted, 1212 California St., Everett. Cost is $20 at the door. For more information and the RSVP, contact Gregory at gwizard1974@aol.com.

NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK COMPLEX SEEKING HELP WITH STEWARDSHIP WEEKEND
The North Cascades National Park Complex celebrates National Park Week, April 18-26, with an invitation to explore, learn, and care for the park through a variety of stewardship programs. On the weekend of May 1-3, join Park and North Cascades Institute staff in tending to the native flora and habitat surrounding the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. There will be projects for all abilities and interests, from thinning, weeding, and trail maintenance, to cataloging projects in the Wild Ginger Library. Your hard work will be rewarded when their talented kitchen crew serves up delicious meals using locally grown food and local experts share evening presentations and campfire discussions. Cost is $40 per person (includes two nights lodging and six meals). Register for the weekend at www.ncascades.org or by calling 360-856-5700 ext 209.

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.

TEXT DONATE TO LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE CHICKEN SOUP BRIGADE
Chicken Soup Brigade, Lifelong's nutrition-based food program, packs 1,000 grocery bags and distributes 3,000 meals a week to hungry people in the greater Seattle area. But they can't do it alone. You can help. Your $5 donation will give two meals to a hungry person today. Use your cell phone to donate $5 to Chicken Soup Brigade: 1) Text LIFELONG to 90999; 2) Reply to the automated text message with YES; 3) That's it! You just provide two meals with two texts! Visit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance website - www.lifelongaidsalliance.org - for more information or to donate online.

(NOTE: A one-time charge of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Standard messaging rates and additional fees may apply. All charges are billed and payable to your mobile service provider. Proceeds benefit Lifelong AIDS Alliance and are collected by the MGF. Service is available on most carriers. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting "STOP" to 90999. For full terms, visit mgive.com/a.)

RAINBOW CITY BAND HOSTS "SWING FEVER!" GALA FUNDRAISING BANQUET, AUCTION & DANCE
On Saturday, May 2, starting at 6 p.m., at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison St., enjoy an evening of musical entertainment, a banquet with four spectacular dinner options, silent and live auction, and a swing dance featuring the Purple Passion Swing Band, DJ'd music, and a no host bar. Tickets are $100 for the entire evening. Proceeds from "Swing Fever!" will fund the future of the Rainbow City Band and its affiliate organizations, including adding funds to their scholarship program, defraying the band's operating expenses and purchasing much needed instruments. To purchase tickets, visit www.rainbowcityband.com.

SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE HOST "MAD TEA PARTY"
Your service is required as a prospective juror by the High Court of Her Majesty the Queen of Hearts of Wonderland. Please present yourself to her majesty's Royal Guard on Mother's Day, May 10, at 2:30 p.m. sharp for auction registration, at The Daughters of the American Revolution Hall, 800 E. Roy St. Seating for tea service begins at 3 p.m. The afternoon tea ends at 6 p.m. Imaginative and elaborate head gear for the "Over The Top-Hat" contest is strongly suggested.

Follow the White Rabbit to a garden of talking flowers for the reception and silent auction accompanied by live music. The hookah-smoking Caterpillar will have you escorted to the tea table to join the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and Alice. Enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea seervice, interactive entertainment, and perhaps a role in Alice's trial! Have your bid cards ready for the auction of the Queen of Hearts' Desserts and the Mad Hatter's fantasy hats. Tickets at $60 general & $100 VIP are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds benefit Camp Ten Trees, a summer camp for Queer youth and children of LGBTQ families.

ESPRIT 2009 - THE PACIFIC NW'S PREMIER TRANSGENDER CONVENTION
The Pacific Northwest's Premier Transgender Convention, Esprit 2009, will be held May 10-17 in Port Angeles, WA. For complete details, visit www.espritconf.com.

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEER GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth center, is currently seeking a volunteer graphic designer. This position requires experience working in graphic design at a professional level. For more information about this opportunity, please contact Katie@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814.

SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE REGISTRATION OPEN; GRAND MARSHALLS, OFFICIAL ARTISTS & VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
On Sunday, June 28, starting at 11 a.m. at 4th Ave. & Union St., Seattle Out & Proud presents Seattle's annual Pride Parade, this year celebrating its 35th anniversary. As in recent years, the parade will travel north on 4th Ave. to Denny Way. Immediately following the parade, the Seattle Pride Festival will be held again this year at the Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion and International Fountain. This year's theme is "Peace, Love and Equality" and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with an emphasis on marriage equality in Washington state. Online registration for participation in the parade is now open. Nominations for grand marshals are being solicited. Artists are being sought to reflect this year's theme in their work (painting, sculpture, music, dance, film, video, short stories, poetry) and become official artists for Seattle Pride 2009. Volunteers are also being sought. For complete information, visit www.seattlepride.org.

PROP 8 DAY-OF-DECISION ACTION AT WESTLAKE CENTER
The day the California Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, cities throughout the country will gather in celebration or protest of their decision. If the court overturns Prop 8 we will celebrate our growing equality. If the court upholds Prop 8, it will deny LGBTQ people their right to marry in California and we will protest. Either way, we will take the national movement forward by working together for equality right here in Washington State. The action will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the day the decision is announced. Similar actions are being planned around the country. www.dayofdecision.org; www.dayofdecision.wetpaint.com.

CAMP TEN TREES 2009 DINNER & AUCTION COMING UP IN MAY
"All Around The Campfire," Camp Ten Trees 2009 dinner and auction benefit will be held on Saturday, May 23, starting at 6 p.m., at the South Lake Union Armory, Naval Reserve Building, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N. Tickets are $65, with an early discount of $55 if purchased by April 24. For more information and tickets, visit www.camptentrees,org or call 206-288-9568.

PACIFIC NW LESBIAN ARCHIVES SPONSORING WOMEN'S WEEKEND IN THE WOODS IN JUNE
The gathering you've only dreamed about is happening! Join us for a relaxing weekend on Kitsap Peninsula this summer. Choose to sleep under the stars or in the cabins at Camp Indianola. Visit http://www.pnwlesbianarchives.org for all the details. When you are on the website, you may need to follow a few links in order to find pricing, registration, etc. If you know of any women who do not have internet access, but may be interested in attending, please spread the word and let them know how to get in touch with us. Pacific NW Lesbian Archives, PO Box 27671, Seattle, WA 98165; 206-654-4477.

"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.

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.

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