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REGISTER TO VOTE
If you live in King County and are not registered to vote or need to change your voter registration because you have moved, visit the King County Office of Records and Elections website at www.kingcounty.gov/elections or phone their office at 206-296-8683. There is extensive information about voter registration on their outgoing voice mail if you reach their office after hours. If you live outside of King County, visit the Washington Secretary of State's website at www.secstate.wa.gov and scroll down to the "Register to Vote" link in the home page's "Most Requested Info" category or call the Elections Division at 360-902-4180.

Deadline for mail-in registration is 29 days before the November 3 General Election. Mail-in registrations must be POSTMARKED no later than Monday, October 5 to meet the deadline.

Online registration must be received no later than Monday, October 5 at 11:59 p.m.

If you miss the 29-day mail-in and online registration deadline AND you are not currently registered in the state of Washington, you can register in person 8 days before the November 3 General Election at the King County Elections office in Renton. Contact the Secretary of State's Elections Division for 8-day in-person registration locations in other counties.

If you have moved from one county to another and need to change your voter registration, you must revise your registration by mail, online or in-person by Monday, October 5. If you have not revised your registration by Monday, October 5, call the King County Office of Records and Elections or the Washington Secretary of State's office for further information on how you can vote in the November 3 election.

If you have any questions or concerns about registering to vote or revising your voter registration, please contact the King County Office of Records and Elections or the Washington Secretary of State's office.

MULTIFAITH WORKS SHANTI AND CARETEAM PROGRAMS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Most of us have known people in our community who have been affected by either AIDS or addiction. Many of us have watched as acquaintances have retreated into isolation due to stigmatization of who they are or who they are perceived to be.

Two local programs that excel in providing support to isolated members of our GLBTQ community are Shanti and CareTeam programs at Multifaith Works, an agency that welcomes volunteers and clients of any cultural, sexual or spiritual orientation.

Both programs are a mainstay for companionship and support in the lives of many people within the LGBTQ community. Both programs are in dire need of more volunteers to serve a growing waitlist of individuals needing support. Can you help?

The CareTeam training for new volunteers is Saturday, October 10. The next Shanti training takes place the weekends of October 17, 18 and 24, 25.

For information on these programs and how to become involved, visit www.multifaith.org or call 206-324-1520. Shanti Program Coordinator, ext 228. CareTeam Program Coordinator, ext 226.

18TH ANNUAL PIERCE COUNTY AIDS WALK
On Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Pierce County AIDS Foundation sponsors the 18th annual Pierce County AIDS Walk, a 2.5-mile walk starting and ending at the University of Washington's Tacoma Campus, 1900 Commerce St. For more information, visit www.piercecountyaids.org.

GAY CITY UNIVERSITY IS BACK IN SESSION
On Saturday, September 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., join other Gay, Bi and Trans guys for a day of learning and fun at Gay City University 2009. This year's edition brings brand new offerings, plus some returning favorites. Choose from a wide variety of fascinating classes on sexuality, health, relationships, history, culture, finances and more! The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will graciously serve as your cafeteria ladies, and GCU even has a Head Mistress ... so be on your best behavior! GCU is only $25 and includes lunch! Scholarships are available to those in need. So sharpen your pencils, get out your backpacks, and choose your best back-to-school outfit, because Gay City University is back in session! If this is your first time attending Gay City University, bring a friend and experience the day together. For a complete schedule of class offerings and to register, visit www.gaycity.org.

23RD & UNION NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN SWEEP
On Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., join your neighbors to help clean up the 23rd & Union neighborhood. Meet at the 23rd & Union Drop-In. A free BBQ will be held for participants after the clean up! Sponsored by the Seattle Neighborhood Group and the East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition.

CAPTAIN SMARTYPANTS WITH BOBBI KOTULA & WAXIE MOON
On Saturday, September 12, at 8 p.m., the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, presents Captain Smartypants, the Seattle Men's Chorus' comic musical ensemble, in Air Smarty! with guest stars Bobbi Kotula and Waxie Moon. For more information and tickets, call 425-893-9900 or visit www.kpcenter.org.

EMERALD CITY SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION FALL BALL LEAGUE
Emerald City Softball Association is sponsoring Fallball '09, an ECSA Open Division softball league for men and women of all skill levels. Remaining play dates will be September 13, 20 and 27, and October 4. For complete details, visit www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.

3RD ANNUAL MASSAGE FOR THE CURE AT MASSAGE ENVY
On Tuesday, September 15, 18 Greater Puget Sound area Massage Envy locations will offer special prices on one-hour massage sessions. $10 from every massage will benefit the Puget Sound affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of their fight against breast cancer. While you enjoy a customized massage for only $35, you can feel twice as good knowing $10 is going to your local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, helping those in our community. This, and any other generous donations, can be made at Massage Envy during the event. Donations will be used to fund community-based breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment programs.

To schedule a massage on this special day, please call 877-777-ENVY (3689) or visit www.massageenvy.com to find a location in your neighborhood.

APPROVE REF. 71 CAMPAIGN COMMUNITY ORGANIZING MEETING
On Tuesday, September 15, from 6-8 p.m. at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, at E. Pine St., join your friends, neighbors, and community activists and the Washington Families Standing Together campaign to kick off the campaign to preserve Washington State's domestic partnership law. For more information or to RSVP contact the organizers at volunteer@wafst.org or call 206-324-2570.

THE ELITE HOSTS FREE ASL LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS
Have you ever wanted to learn basic American Sign Language? If so, you can get some beginning ASL instruction at the Elite, 1520 E. Olive Way. The FREE lessons will be held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the loft.

TASTEFUL COCKTAIL CONTEST HOSTED BY GSBA
On Wednesday, September 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at SpringHill Suites Seattle Downtown/Bistro on Yale, 1800 Yale Ave., help select this year's signature cocktail for November's "TASTE of GSBA: South Pacific" fundraising evening for the GSBA Scholarship Program. At the TASTEful Cocktail Contest, 11 bars and restaurants will vie for the honor with specially created South Pacific-themed cocktails for your enjoyment and your vote. Admission to this event is a bottle of fine wine (valued at $50 or more) to be auctioned off at this year's TASTE of GSBA. To register, visit www.thegsba.org or call 206-363-9188.

SEATTLE GAY & LESBIAN BOOK CLUB AT DUNSHEE HOUSE
The Seattle Gay & Lesbian Book Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St. The club is pleased to announce the following titles to be discussed in their ongoing reading and discussion series: September - The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet; October - Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys; November - The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown; December - Death in Venice by Thomas Mann. All GLBTQ folks in the community are welcome to participate in this free book club. The reading list is chosen and the discussion facilitated by Nick DiMartino, published novelist and playwright, currently a book reviewer for ShelfAwareness.com, and a 30-year employee of University Book Store. For more information, email nickdimartin@earthlink.net or contact Dunshee House at 206-322-2437.

CHAPEL BAR HOSTS "HOMO/SONIC" PARTY TO BENEFIT APPROVE REF. 71 CAMPAIGN
On Wednesday, September 16, Chapel Bar, 1600 Melrose Ave. at Pine St., will host thenewgay.net's co-founder and DJ Zack Rosen to debut his "Homo/Sonic" party on the West Coast. This "alternative co-ed dance party for Queer folks and their friends" will begin at 9 p.m. There will be no cover charge or minimum beverage purchase; however, donations to support Washington Families Standing Together (WAFST) in their campaign to approve Ref. 71 will be welcome. www.wafst.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.

LGBT EQUALITY WEEKEND ORGANIZERS SEEKING PASSIONATE AND OUTSPOKEN COMMUNITY SPEAKERS
So you think you can speak? Feel strongly about your demands for full equality for all Americans? Have you done something great to help fight for full equality? Have a burning desire to express those views at the Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend Rally?

If so, enter the Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend "Idol" audition to compete for the coveted speaking platform at Seattle's Equality Weekend Rally to be held on Sunday, October 11 at the new Federal Courthouse, in conjunction with the National March for Equality in Washington, DC.

This contest is for those who have a gift for public speaking and a passionate heart. Organizers are looking for what inspires you to participate in this local/national event and why this movement is important to you. Draft and video tape a speech you'd like to give - no more than 3 minutes in length - and email it to outreach@seattleoutprotest.org no later than 12 noon (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) on Friday, September 18. There are numerous ways to create your video and the committee encourages you to make it as high quality as possible.

The Seattle LGBT Equality Weekend Outreach Committee will select the top five videos and post them on their YouTube and Facebook Page by Saturday, September 19. Voting will take place over the next week and end at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time on Friday, September 25. Winning will be based on the highest YouTube ratings combined with the highest number of "thumbs up" from our Facebook page. In the unlikely event of a tie, the subcommittee will make the final decision.

The two winners will be notified by email and their videos placed on the committee's website, YouTube and Facebook channel. Details on when and how long you will speak at the rally will come later as the committee finalizes their plans for the event. In addition to being invited to speak on stage at the Seattle LGBT Equality Rally, winners will also receive gift certificates and VIP access to all the weekend events.

BORDER RIDERS HOST WEEKEND RUN TO ESTACADA, OR
On September 18-20, the Border Riders Motorcycle Club will make a weekend camping run to Milo McIver in Estacada, OR. For complete information on Border Riders' day runs or weekend camping runs, visit www.borderriders.com.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER HOSTS SML EQUINOX X - "HEDONISM IN THE CITY"
On September 18-20, the Seattle Men in Leather present "Hedonism in the City," an in-town weekend for men (21+) in our community. The $25 registration fee gets you into the Friday night Cigar and Pipe Kick Off Party, the Saturday BBQ, Tribal Instinct Caning and Spanking Class, and the Evening Dungeon Play Party. The monthly SML Sunday Brunch will be a pay as you go event. There will be a cocktail event in the afternoon. For pre-registration info and event locations, email RedBeardFrank@gmail.com. www.seattlemeninleather.org.

GAY CITY CO-HOSTS "SHIFTING WORDS"
On Saturday, September 19, at 7 p.m., Gay City co-hosts "SHIFTing Words," an evening of spoken word in celebration of our recovery from alcohol and substance abuse and in recognition of National Recovery Month. The event will be held at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. at E. Thomas St.

SHIFT is a peer recovery network supporting dynamic recovery paths by uniting our LGBTQ community to experience freedom through empowerment. SHIFT is a multi-agency collaboration, organized by Multifaith Works, Seattle Counseling Service, Gay City Health Project, and Dunshee House, that provides administrative, emotional, and supervisory support for volunteers and clients in the Seattle/King County area who are Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) people struggling with drug/alcohol abuse and addiction issues. www.multifaith.org; www.seattlecounseling.org;www.gaycity.org; www.dunsheehouse.org

RADICAL WOMEN'S GIGANTIC RUMMAGE SALE - DONATIONS WANTED - VOLUNTEERS WANTED - STOP BY AND SHOP!
On Saturday, September 19, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Sunday, September 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Radical Women will hold a Gigantic Rummage Sale at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. in Columbia City.

The sale will include quality housewares, collectibles, books, toys, tools, working electronics, clean clothing, kids stuff, furniture, office equipment and more. If you have items to donate, drop by New Freeway Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays thru Thursday, September 17 (and by arrangement on the weekend of September 12-13). Or call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com to arrange a pickup.

If you'd like to help out with the sale, call Radical Women to sign up.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE PRESENTS "EMPRESS EXPRESS" & "EMPEROR'S TURNABOUT" AT NEIGHBOURS
On Saturday, September 19, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents "Empress Express" featuring The Electric Six-String Wonder, Rock & Roll Empress of the Emerald City, Her Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty Olympia XXXVIII, Candace Derriere, at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Broadway & Harvard Ave.), doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $7 suggested donation.

On Sunday, September 20, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents "Emperor's Turnabout" featuring The Golden Hearted Silver & Rhinestone Tiger Emperor His Most Imperial Sovereign Majesty Rainier XXXV, Eric Bonesteel, at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway (entrance in alley between Broadway & Harvard Ave.), doors at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. $7 suggested donation.

For more information on the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

FRIENDS OF THE CONSERVATORY IN VOLUNTEER PARK FALL PLANT SALE
On Sunday, September 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., you can pick up orchids, epiphyllum, bromeliads, cacti and many other unique indoor plants at the Friend of the Conservatory's Fall Plant Sale. The sale will be held at the Conservatory at the north end of Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Galer St. www.volunteerparkconservatory.org.

COMING OUT, COMING HOME, MAKING ROOM FOR GAY SPIRITUALITY
On Sunday, September 20, local author, Kenneth A. Burr, will read from his new book, Coming Out, Coming Home, Making Room for Gay Spirituality, at 2 p.m., at Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St. In a recent study Burr conducted heartfelt interviews with sexual minorities who were seeking meaningful connections between their spirituality and sexuality. When asked why he felt compelled to write his book, Burr states "As I began to collect the sacred stories of people's lives, I felt I was standing on holy ground and given a gift that had to be passed on to others. Those who shared their stories did so with their blessings and hope that other sexual minorities and their allies might be encouraged to continue to enlarge their spiritual journeys as well."

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING
On Monday, September 21, from 7-10 p.m., come out for an evening of roller skating at Skate King Bellevue, 2301 140th Ave. NE. It's a community social event for friends and family - fun and games for all ages. Cost is $8.00 ($5.00 under 18 years). Regular skate rental included with cost of admission. Inline skate rental: $4.00 or bring your own skates. For more information, call 425-458-4707.

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB FALL 2009 LEAGUE SEASON
The Seattle Volleyball Club Fall 2009 League Season will run from Monday, September 21 to Monday, December 7. (The Winter 2010 League Season will run from Monday, January 25 to Monday, March 31.) Seattle Volleyball Club is an organization for Gay volleyball players and their friends. For complete details, visit www.seattlevolleyball.com.

PRISM COMICS SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR FIFTH ANNUAL QUEER PRESS GRANT
Prism Comics is seeking submissions for its fifth annual Queer Press Grant, established to support and encourage new LGBT comics creators. Application guidelines are available at www.prismcomics.org/grant. Deadline for application is October 1, 2009.

"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. Produced by 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.

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.

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.

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