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REGISTER TO VOTE - DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 5
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.

SEATTLE OUT & PROUD SEEKS BOARD MEMBERS
Seattle Out & Proud (SOaP), producers of the annual Seattle Pride® Parade, seeks several at-large board members to fill recently vacated spots. Ideal candidates will have a passion to serve the LGBT community by advancing their dual missions of advocating for equal rights for all persons and presenting the best and largest LGBT event in the Pacific Northwest.

For complete information on time commitment, qualifications and how to apply, visit www.seattlepride.org or call the Pride office at 206-322-9561.

Deadline for application submission is September 30, 2009.

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 the 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.

"JUST ART" - SMC/SWC'S 6TH ANNUAL BENEFIT ART AUCTION & COCKTAIL PARTY
On Friday, September 25, from 6-10 p.m., at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., join the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus for "Just ART," their 6th annual benefit art auction and cocktail party.

Enjoy fine wine from Darby and Joan Winery, delicious nibbles from Flying Fish Restaurant, decadent dessert items by Suess Chocolates. Entertainment by The Swedish Housewife, Lily Verlaine, Miss Indigo Blue, Ben De La Creme, Waxie Moon, Dyno the Aerialist, Eric Lane Barnes, Nathan Young, Body Painting by Scott Ward.

The silent and live auctions will feature exquisite work by some of the Pacific Northwest's premier talents, as well as pieces by gifted up-and-comers who have not shown in galleries or other usual venues - 96 different artists.

Proceeds benefit SMC and SWC and the contributing artists receive 20% of the selling price of their work. Tickets are $75 at 206-388-1412. www.flyinghouse.org.

THE ART OF JOHN LENNON
A major exhibition of artwork by the late John Lennon will be held Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, at Pacific Place, 3rd Level, 600 Pine St. Admission is FREE. Exhibition hours are Friday/Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

SEATTLE AIDS WALK
On Saturday, September 26, join the Lifelong AIDS Alliance's Seattle AIDS Walk - 9 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. rally, 10 a.m. walk - at Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect St., in support of their AIDS prevention and client support programs, including the Chicken Soup Brigade meals program. For more information and to sign-up visit www.SeattleAIDSWalk.org.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP
On Saturday, September 26, at 1 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., the Q-Squared Book Group will discuss the novel, Living Upstairs, by Joseph Hansen. Author of the acclaimed Dave Brandstetter mystery series, Hansen is also a Lambda Award winner. The Los Angeles Reader described Living Upstairs as a "A gripping novel of love and lies, innocence and treachery ... confirms the New York Times' judgment that Joseph Hansen is 'one of the best we have.'" Q-Squared Book Group is open to men who are interested in Gay literature and always welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org.

"SPEAK!" - THE HRC'S 10TH ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST DINNER
On Saturday, September 26, doors at 5:30 p.m., at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., join local LGBT activists, community members and allies for "SPEAK!" - "A night to speak up! For yourself, your family, and your community. A night to speak out! For equality, hate crimes protection, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the end to DOMA. A night to speak proudly! For your accomplishments, individuality and passion. Join us for a dazzling night of united voices!" Enjoy dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment, awards ceremony, dancing. Tickets are $200; $150-student/senior. 1-800-494-TIXS or online at www.hrcseattle.org.

NORTHWEST NETWORK SPONSORS RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
On Mondays, from October 5 to November 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse will be teaching a relationship skills class to get the skills you need to build the relationships you want.

Topics include: identifying cultural norms and values, accountability, naming and setting boundaries, strengthening support networks, and more.

This class is open to all, regardless of relationship status or history, and to previous relationship skills class participants.

Deadline for registration is Monday, September 28. Contact DeAnn at the Northwest Network, 206-568-7777, deann@nwnetwork.org, for more information and to register. www.nwnetwork.org.

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.

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.

BELLEVUE COLLEGE LGBTQ RESOURCE CENTER OPENS WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY MISS COCO PERU
Bellevue College will open its new LGBTQ Resource Center in public ceremonies on Wednesday, September 30. The Center will provide a focal point for educational seminars and presentations on LGBTQ issues, as well as a gathering place for members of the campus Gay-Straight Alliance. The Center's resources will include books and computers for use in research on LGBTQ issues.

The celebration kicks off with a special performance by Miss Coco Peru at 1 p.m., at the college's Carlson Theatre (E Building). Doors open at 12:30 p.m., free admission, seating is limited. (See related article about Coco Peru in this week's SGN.)

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Center, located in Room 225, in the college's student union building (Building C, next to the fountain on the college's main campus).

"I'm delighted with the opening of the new LGBTQ Resource Center," said Bellevue College Dean of Student Services Tom Pritchard. "Its educational programs will contribute significantly to our progress in providing a welcoming and supportive academic environment for all."

Bellevue College's main campus is located at 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, at the intersection of SE 28th St. and 148th Ave. SE.

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 will discuss the following titles in their ongoing reading and discussion series: 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.

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.

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.

CENTRAL DISTRICT FORUM FOR ARTS & IDEAS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH BASH AT SOLE REPAIR
On Thursday, October 1, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum), Seattle's leading Black arts and culture presenter, will commemorate its 10th season with an anniversary celebration at Sole Repair, 1001 E. Pike St.

The bash will feature readings, music and performances by participants in CD Forum's CREATION Project, a new works and professional development program for local contemporary performing artists. Storme Webber and okanomodé (aka SoulChilde) will preview their work for next year's CREATION Project showcase, which will be held on May 14 and 15, 2010.

Past program participants Gin Hammond and Chad Goller-Sojourner will present work that shows how they've developed and grown since their involvement in the program in 2008.

Food as Art participant, Island Soul, will cater the evening. Food as Art is CD Forum's highly anticipated annual spring fundraiser that showcases the diversity of Seattle's Black culinary artists and restauranteurs. Cost for the evening is $10. For more information, visit www.cdforum.org or call 206-323-4032.

SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
October 2-4 at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway. www.tasveer.org.

SEATTLE COUNSELING SERVICE GALA DINNER & DANCE
On Saturday, October 10, celebrate Seattle Counseling Service's 40th anniversary with fun and elegance and special surprise guests, including SCS founders and other dignitaries too numerous to mention. The gala will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave. at Pike St., with reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. The celebration continues till midnight.

Tickets are: $125 per person, with $25 discount for hosted tables. For more information and to RSVP, call 206-323-1768 or visit www.seattlecounseling.org.

WICKED WOMYN CONFERENCE
Wicked Womyn 2009, a bi-annual leather women's conference in Seattle, will be held on the weekend of October 23-25 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The event is open to all past, present and future women who can respect and honor a woman's SM/BDSM play space, education and fun. The event will include a Meet & Greet and auction, vendors, 16 workshops, evening play parties with more with 250+ sexy attendees expected. For more information and to register, please visit www.wickedwomyn.com.

HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER WILL HOST A FREE 3-DAY CANCER RETREAT FOR SEXUAL MINORITY WOMEN DECEMBER 4-6
Harmony Hill's cancer retreats are weekend residential programs that help those facing cancer, and their loved ones, cope with the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of cancer. The Sexual Minority Women Cancer Retreat is designed specifically to meet the needs of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women in an environment that is safe and supportive.

Harmony Hill's twelve-acre facility on Hood Canal, in Union, WA, offers a tranquil retreat environment of gardens, nature trails, labyrinths, and spectacular mountain and water views. Participants enjoy whole-food meals grown in Harmony Hill's gardens or from local farmers.

Space is limited to 20 participants and is filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Those placed on the waiting list will be notified as space becomes available. Cancer participants may have one companion/support person attend with them. All Harmony Hill Cancer Retreats are offered at no cost to participants. For more details and to register, visit www.harmonyhill.org.

"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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