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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..

RAINBOW FLAGS DEBUTS ON YOU TUBE
Local Gay activist, Demian, has finished his video documentary, Rainbow Flags, in which he asked noteable participants in Seattle's 2009 Gay Pride Parade, "Why are you in the parade?" Featuring interviews with Charlene Strong, Anne Melle, George Bakan, Greg Nickels, Sally J. Clark, Jamie Pedersen, Eric Pedersen, Ed Murray, J. Steve Mayo, Ken Shulman and Dow Constantine, Demian says "All the answers are terrific." You may access this video from the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/777demian.

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.

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

I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT - QUEER FILM AT THE SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL WITH POST-FILM GALA
On Saturday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m., Tasveer and Trikone-NW, Seattle's LGBTQ South Asian social organization, present the Queer-themed South Asian film, I Can't Think Straight, at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway at E. Pine St., at the South Asian Film Festival. Tickets are $7 & $5 for students and seniors. A post-film gala will be held at 611 Supreme, 611 E. Pine St., with wine and hors d'oeuvres. For more information, go to http://isaff.tasveer.org/2009 or visit www.trikonenw.org.

"PASSION FOR THE CURE" ART SHOW TO BENEFIT SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE
Art expressing, hope, awareness and a celebration of life will be on display at the C Art Gallery, 855 Hiawatha Pl. S. through Sunday, October 18. View and purchase the work of over 30 artists as they share their gifts and their passion to help eradicate breast cancer. This exhibit serves to bring hope and awareness about early detection and celebrates the lives of women who have survived breast cancer. Proceeds from art sales will support the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The gallery is open Sunday 12-5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3-6 p.m.,and by appointment. For more information, email c.artgallery@gmail.com or call 206-322-9374.

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. MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY DAYS AT GENE JUAREZ SALONS & SPAS
On Tuesdays, October 6 (Downtown Seattle), 13 (Bellevue), 20 (University Village) and 27 (Alderwood Mall), Seattle's Gene Juarez Salons & Spas will host Mobile Mammography Days sponsored by the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Mobile Mammography Program.

Participants will slip into a robe and slippers to enjoy a complimentary foot relaxing treatment along with a gift bag before their mammograms. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted on a space-available basis.

For more information and to schedule a mammogram appointment, please contact the Community Health Access Program (CHAP) at 800-756-5437.

Mammograms will be billable to insurance companies. No-cost mammograms are available to low-income and uninsured women through the Washington State Breast and Cervical Health Program. Women may also self-pay for the mammogram by bringing a check for $183.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-800-I'M AWARE.

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.

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: 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.

"BLITZ" CAPITOL HILL ART WALK
On Thursday, October 8, from 5-8 p.m., visit over 40 participating venues at "Blitz," Capitol Hill's monthly 2nd Thursday art walk. For a complete list of participating venues, visit www.blitzcapitolhill.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.

SKI BUDDIES KICKS OFF THEIR 2009-2010 SEASON WITH "NIGHT OUT" & POTLUCK
On Thursday, October 8, from 6-9 p.m., join Ski Buddies for a club night out at Purr, 1518 11th Ave. Enjoy Happy Hour and Thursday evening drink specials, get excited about the new ski season and meet new friends interested in joining Ski Buddies.

On Sunday, October 11, from 6-9 p.m., at All Pilgrims' Christian Church, 500 Broadway E. at E. Republican St., join Ski Buddies for their first potluck of the season.

For more details about Ski Buddies and their planned ski trips and winter outdoor activities, visit www.skibuddies.org.

DHARMA BUDDIES' FALL SILENT RETREAT
Dharma Buddies will be holding a three-day silent mediation retreat, Friday evening, October 9 through noon on Monday, October 12 at Camp Ramblewood, near Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula. (There will be an option to leave at 7 p.m. on Sunday for those who have to work on Monday.)

The theme of the retreat is "Stepping Off the Wheel of Suffering." This is an invitation to take a deeply personal look at the nature and causes of suffering in your life. The cost for the retreat is $100 including meals and lodging. For more information, call 206-920-6117. Information and schedule are at www.dharmabuddies.org.

Dharma Buddies meets most Sundays at 11 a.m. for a 45-minute silent meditation, followed by refreshments and conversation, at Cal Anderson House, 400 Broadway at E. Terrace St., just north of Broadway & Boren.

SEATTLE LGBT EQUALITY WEEKEND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE NATIONAL EQUALITY MARCH
On Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, join SeattleOUTProtest organizers and the Seattle LGBT Community for a weekend of activities in solidarity with the National Equality March being held in Washington, DC, October 10-11.

On Saturday, October 10, workshops focused around issues and topics facing our community will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Seattle University, Pigott Building, Broadway & E. Madison St., with an emphasis on involvement. An HIV/AIDS vigil will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the SCCC South Plaza, Broadway & E. Pine St.

On Sunday, October 11, the Seattle Equality March & Rally will be held at Volunteer Park, 14th Ave. E. & E. Prospect St., starting at 2 p.m. In the evening, starting at 6:30 p.m., celebrate the weekend at the Generation Q MEGA Mixer, at Sole Repair Shop, 1001 E. Pike St.

For more information, visit www.SeattleOUTProtest.org.

MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE - SPARKS OF GLORY: CAMP SONGS
Music of Remembrance's concert-with-commentary series explores connections between Holocaust musicians and the Seattle Art Museum's exhibit, "Burden of History," featuring live chamber music performances of Paul Schoenfield's "Camp Songs" (Angela Niederloh, mezzo soprano; Erich Parce, baritone), Ernest Bloch's soulful "Prayer" for double bass, and Gideon Klein's stirring "Duo" for violin and cello.This FREE concert will be held on Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m. at the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheef Auditorium, First Ave. & University St.

SOUTH SEATTLE LGBTQ NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS & FAMILIES COMMUNITY BUILDING BBQ AND POTLUCK
On Saturday, October 10, from 4-8 p.m., the South East Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St. at Rainier Ave. S., invites Southend LGBTQ neighbors, friends and families to a community building BBQ and potluck at the Center.

Meet other LGBTQ people in our neighborhood, learn about SESSC's desire to expand its community outreach, have fun, eat delicious food, and dance, Children and grandchildren are welcome.

Burgers, hotdogs, vegi burgers and condiments will be provided. Bring side dishes, drinks (wine and beer are welcome) and ideas for connecting in the community.

The event is FREE and open to all ages. For more information, call 206-722-0317 or visit ruthe@seniorservices.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 and greet and auction, vendors, 16 workshops, and evening play parties with 250+ sexy attendees expected. For more information and to register, please visit www.wickedwomyn.com.

HARMONY HILL RETREAT CENTER WILL HOST 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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