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COUNTRY DOCTOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC OFFERS HEALTH CARE NIGHT FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Spectrum Natural Health at County 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.

HIV IS STILL A BIG DEAL ONLINE VIDEO SERIES TO RESHAPE HIV PREVENTION 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2008 GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES IN SEATTLE
Emerald City Softball Association will be hosting the 2008 Gay Softball World Series in Seattle, August 22-30. 4,000 athletes from all over the U.S. and Canada will be participating in this event. The Series 2008 host committee is looking for 200 to 300 volunteers. The committee needs volunteers to do everything from registering players to ensuring there is fresh water and ice in the dugouts for every game to answering questions about our area to the thousand of out-of-state visitors to assisting with opening and closing ceremonies.

To volunteer, send an email to volunteer@series2008.org

LAMBERT HOUSE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR DROP-IN CENTER
Lambert House, Seattle's resource center for LGBTQ youth, is seeking dedicated volunteer, who are available Monday-Friday, 4-7p.m., for the drop-in center. Volunteers are responsible for the daily operation of the drop-in center, maintaining a safe and respectful environment, and listening to youth talk about their lives. Drop-in center volunteers must be 24 years of age or older, comfortable working with youth, willing to commit to a weekly three-hour shift for a minimum of a year, and available for the next training (September 6, 7 and 13). Please email Kristina@lamberthouse.org or call 206-322-2515 ext *814 for an application.

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 S.W. 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 and 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.

RAINCITY SOCCER TO PLAY TOPLESS/BOTTOMLESS EXHIBITION GAME
On Saturday, August 9, starting at 10 a.m., Rain City Soccer, Seattle's Gay & Lesbian soccer organization, is hosting an exhibition game in which one team will be playing topless and the other team will be playing bottomless (that is to say, without soccer shorts). The game will be held at the Broadway Playfield, 11th Ave. & E. Olive St., adjacent to Cal Anderson Park. Following the game, join the team at the Elite Tavern, 1520 E. Olive Way, for post-game socializing. This event is a fundraiser to support Rain City Soccer, the largest Gay & Lesbian soccer organization in the world. www.raincitysoccer.org.

SEATTLE URBAN LEAGUE, SOLID GROUND AND SEATTLE/ KING COUNTY ASSET BUILDING COALITION HOST COMMUNITY HOME OWNERSHIP DISCUSSION
On Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a workshop designed to educate consumers on predatory mortgage lending practices and what to do if you fall behind on your home loan will be held. The workshop, which is FREE and open to the public, will be held at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., in Seattle. The workshop focuses on different mortgage products and how to recognize foreclosure rescue scams. Information will also be provided on the City of Seattle's mortgage relief funds of up to $5,000 per household. The workshop was developed for people who don't know where to turn for help. Whether you have a sub-prime loan, are paying interest only, or have an Adjusted Rate Mortgage (ARM) loan that will adjust soon, this event is a great opportunity to learn about new safe products designed to keep families in their homes. For reservations, call the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle at 206-461-3792 ext 3004. Reservations are being accepted on a first come, first serve basis; space is limited and a light breakfast and lunch will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring relatives and friends. Children ages 5 and up are welcome; if you plan to bring children, please mention them when making your reservation.

THE GAY EVERETTS PRESENT "BALI HAI" - A NIGHT TO BENEFIT G.L.O.B.E.
On Saturday, August 9, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., The Gay Everetts in conjunction with the Imperial Sovereign Court of Snohomish County Empire of Dreams presents "Bali Hai" - A Night to Benefit G.L.O.B.E. $5 suggested donation benefits the Gay, Lesbian, Open-Minded, & Bisexual Empowerment organization supporting LGBT youth in Snohomish County. The event will be held at Castle Ristorante & Lounge, 11501 Hwy 99 S., Everett; 425-428-4111.

CAFÉ METROPOLITAIN HOSTS DRAG BINGO TO BENEFIT LAMBERT HOUSE
Starting in August, Gay-owned Café Metropolitain will be launching Drag Bingo in their all-ages café area. Drag Bingo will be hosted by Giggles Galore and will be held every Sunday at 7 p.m. For the month of August, all Drag Bingo games will benefit Lambert House, Seattle's resource center for LGBT youth. For $5 enjoy a fun and relaxing time and raise money for LGBT youth. Bingo prizes will be awarded on the spot. Café Metropolitain is located at 1701 E. Olive Way at Boylston Ave. Light meals and a full range of beverages are available at the café. Enjoy Happy Hour all day on Sunday.

GAY CITY PRESENTS "EDEN" - A FUNDRAISING GARDEN PARTY
On Thursday, August 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., give into temptation and join Gay City for "Eden," a garden party benefiting Gay City Health Project. Indulge in some original sin with Adam & Steve. Take in some amazing views of Puget Sound and enjoy hors d'ouevres and cocktails. The party will be held at a private location in Seattle's Blueridge neighborhood (south of Carkeek Park). A request for your generous contribution will be made. RSVP required. Please email peter@gaycity.org.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TWO-SPIRIT LITERATURE & ART
Two-Spirit authors and project editors Qwo-Li Driskill, Daniel Heath Justice, Deborah Miranda, and Lisa Tatonetti are seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, memoir, photography, performance texts, and art for a new anthology of indigenous Two-Spirit/GLBTQ creative work. "We envision this anthology as a collection of maps and stories for those who come after and for those why may already be on their journey, but without guides. This project is for those who - like so many of us - had no role models, no one to tell us that we were valuable human beings, just as we are. This project is by and for the People." Participants must be Indigenous Two-Spirit/GLBTQ people from the Americas and the Pacific. For complete information on how to participate in this project, email twospiritcollection@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is August 15, 2008.

THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA'S OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES CONTINUES AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Friday, August 15, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, sponsors of the annual Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, presents Carmen Miranda, the Benny Goodman Orchestra and Busby Berkeley in The Gang's All Here, a must-see musical comedy from 1943, with Carmen Miranda as "The Lady in the Tutti-Frutti Hat," with Busby Berkeley's surreal and kaleidoscopic choreography. This is the final film in Three Dollar Bill's FREE summer movie-in-the-park series at Cal Anderson Park, 11th Ave. & E. Olive. St. beginning at dusk (around 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.). www.threedollarbillcinema.org.

A WORKSHOP FOR MAXIMIZING M4M PLEASURE: ENJOYING MORE SLICES OF YOUR SEXUAL PIE
Do you sometimes find sex confusing, complicated, or difficult? Do you feel stuck or frustrated in your sex-life? Do you want to be more sexually self-confident? Do you desire to open yourself to greater sexual possibilities?

Break through long-held beliefs that keep you locked in unconscious shame. Learn healing techniques to release negative emotions that hold back your sexual freedom. Experiment with options to fulfill more of your sexual desires. Receive and give intentional, arousing touch with respect for your personal boundaries. Build a stronger "sex-esteem."

On Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Center for Sex Positive Culture Annex, 1608 15th Ave. W., at W. Garfield St., explore your sexuality with other men in a safe and nurturing environment. Participate in sexy group exercises, honest sharing, lively facilitation and a few fun surprises, to more fully experience a rich, satisfying and open-hearted sex life.

For more information and to register online, visit www.GaySexpert.com/maxsex.html or call 415-720-1075 to receive registration by mail. Cost is $165, lunch included. Portions of the day will be clothing optional.

OBAMA VICTORY FUND COCKTAIL & HORS D'OEUVRES LGBT COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING RECEPTION WITH AWARD-WINNING ACTORS ELLEN POMPEO & JUSTIN CHAMBERS AT GREG KUCERA GALLERY
On Saturday, August 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., join local LGBT community leaders and Barack Obama supporters to celebrate Barack Obama's candidacy and raise money for his presidential victory in November. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, good company and fine art in the elegant setting of the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. S., in Seattle. Tickets are: Supporter-$250; Friend-$1,000; Patron-$2,300; Host-$5,000 (give/raise); Chair-$10,000 (give/raise). RSVP REQUIRED. To RSVP online: http://my.barackobama.com/SeattleAug16. For more information, please call 206-420-3160 or email Michael Gilmore at GilmoreM@dnc.org. (A host reception will be held starting at 5 p.m.)

SHIFT - A PEER RECOVERY NETWORK HOSTS GLBTQ COMMUNITY RETREAT
SHIFT is organizing a "Discover YOUR Recovery Community Retreat" summer camp for GLBTQ men and women from Sunday, August 17 (starting at 5 p.m.) through Wednesday, August 20 (ending at noon) in North Bend, WA. This event is totally FREE to participants. For more information and to register, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/38808 or contact Shane Rossow, SHIFT Peer Recovery Specialist, 206-324-1520 ext 244 or email shane@multifaith.org.

SHIFT is the first LGBTQ recovery project supported by a national SAMHSA grant and has been organized over the past nine months by four LGBTQ not-for-profit organizations in Seattle - Multifaith Works, Gay City Health Project, Dunshee House and Seattle Counseling Service.

In the recovery community, one of our most challenging situations continues to be breaking the isolation patterns that we experience in active addiction and early recovery. It is through our service to others that our own recovery is secured. Through a variety of peer services, events and social outreach, SHIFT is creating a network of LGBTQ and ally people in the recovery community. We are very excited about the possibilities that this network can bring to you and others in recovery! And only through your involvement can this community discover the many new ways that recovering LGBTQ individuals can create a supportive community and grow.

SHIFT will create support through a wide variety of services: Peer Facilitator Training (Dunshee House); Shanti Training - one on one nonjudgmental listening and emotional support (Multifaith Works); CareTeam Training - practical and emotional support in a team setting (Multifaith Works); Substance Free Social Events and Community Discussions (Gay City Health Project); Recovery Support Groups (Dunshee House); Out-Patient Treatment Services (Seattle Counseling Services). www.shiftrecovery.org.

SHIFT LAUNCHES NEW SUPPORT GROUP FOR LBTQ & ALLY WOMEN IN RECOVERY AND BEGINS ORGANIZING IN LBTQ WOMEN'S COMMUNITY
SHIFT wants to connect you to other women in the LGBTQ community who are in recovery. Through your participation we will determine the types of support that best serve the LBTQ women in the SHIFT network. It is very important that the women of this community bring their service, their needs, their challenges, and their creative spirit to the project so that SHIFT encompasses the whole LGBTQ community in recovery!

As part of their initiatives in the LBTQ women's community, SHIFT is launching a "Women and the Arts, Recovery and Transition" support group for LBTQ & Ally women in the process of recovery to express ourselves through supportive communication and art! Art is all inclusive - writing, knitting, drawing, painting, beading, collage, reading and more& If you can carry it into the meeting and work on it in group there is no limit! You don't have to define yourself as an artist. Just be open to creating new outlets to express your recovery! The "Women and the Arts, Recovery and Transition" support group will be held at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E. (at E. Thomas St.), every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting Wednesday, August 20. For more information, contact Houston LeBrun at wellth2000@aol.com or call 206-280-5645.

In order to provide truly peer-driven services for women in our community, we need women who are willing and able to support these services. We will be holding Focus Groups at the SHIFT retreat and more in the months of August and September to gather input from the LBTQ community. www.shiftrecovery.org. (For more information on SHIFT and the SHIFT retreat please see the Northwest News item immediately preceeding this one.)

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS SET FOR KING COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM
King County residents interested in the Master Gardener program are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about the program before they submit their application. Orientation meetings will be held in North, Central and South King County during the third week of August: Tuesday, August 19, 7 p.m., Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St, Seattle; Wednesday, August 20, 7 p.m., Master Gardener Program Office, 200 Mill Ave. S., Ste. 100, Renton; Thursday, August 21, 7 p.m., King County Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S., Federal Way. Elaine Anderson, King County Master Garden Program Coordinator, will outline what Master Gardeners do, the training available to them, the application process, and what the program looks for in applicants. Those attending can talk with Master Gardeners about their experiences in the program.

Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained by WSU Extension to provide free research-based horticultural information to the public. The 2009 Master Gardener training classes will be held on Tuesdays from January 13 through March 31. Applications for the 2009 Master Gardener class are available online at king.wsu.edu/gardening/BecomeaMG. They can also be obtained at the orientation meetings or by sending a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to 2009 Master Gardener Application, 200 Mill Ave. S., Ste. 100, Renton 98057. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 3, 2008 in order to be considered.

TWO PRIDE FOUNDATION FUNDS FOR ORGANIZATIONS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Pride Foundation's "Inland Northwest" grants are for organizations with projects based within Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Pierce, and/or Shoshone counties in Idaho; and/or within Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and/or Whitman counties in Washington. Applications for "Inland Northwest" grants are due on Friday, August 22, 2008.

Organizations helping the LGBT community in Alaska, Seattle/King County, parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington can apply for funding through the Pride Foundation's "Northwest Grants." Applications for "Northwest Grants" are due on Friday, August 29, 2008.

For complete details, visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 206-323-3318.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR Q-SQUARED/ BOYZ IN THE WOODS CAMP 2008
Registration for Boyz in the Woods' Labor Day weekend Camp 2008 is now open. "We have some exciting changes in store for you at CAMP this year, but don't worry, the spirit of CAMP is alive and well and it will still be the CAMP that you have come to know and love. We don't want to spoil the surprises that we have in store for you, but one thing we can tell you is that CAMP is actually less expensive this year.

"While you're at the website, take a look at the Workshops page and sign up to do that fabulous workshop you've always wanted to do. We know everyone has special talents to share so why not teach your fellow CAMPers what you know." www.qcamp.org.

ONE-IN-TEN SCREENPLAY CONTEST
The One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest, a screenplay contest dedicated to the positive portrayal of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer individuals in film, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2008. Entries are now being accepted online and are limited to the first 300 for 2008. The One-In-Ten Screenplay Contest has gained respect and notoriety from Hollywood studios, agents and producers. Prizes for 2008 include cash, industry exposure and merchandise. Entries for 2008 are being accepted at www.OneInTenScreenplayContest.com. The submission deadline is Monday, September 1, 2008. The contest is sponsored by Cherub Productions, Final Draft, Inc., scr(i)pt magazine, www.inktip.com, www.TopFilmFestivals.com, www.ScreenplayContests.com and Jungle Software.

"MANY STORIES, ONE VOICE: THE NORTH AMERICAN CONVOCATION OF PRO-LGBT CHRISTIANS"
Registration is now open for "Many Stories, One Voice," the premier gathering of pro-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christians, which will be held in New Orleans, LA, September 4-7.

"Many Stories, One Voice: The North American Convocation of Pro-LGBT Christians" is a conference that will offer new tools and training in the areas of faith-based community organizing, media training, board development, fund-raising, research, biblical studies, theology, capacity-building and other concrete skills. Participants will also engage in discussions about issues of race, class, ability, age, embodiment, gender identity and sexual orientation. Pro-LGBT faith leaders are urged to attend. Register online at www.manystoriesonevoice.org.

"Many Stories, One Voice" is convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, in partnership with more than 30 pro-LGBT Christian organizations representing progressive, moderate and conservative traditions. For more information or to register, please visit www.manystoriesonevoice.org.

GAY CITY SEEKING LGBT ARTISTS, WRITERS AND CRAFTS PEOPLE
Gay City is currently seeking any and all LGBT artists to host workshops on a number of art forms. As part of their newly launched Peer Recovery Network, Gay City will be hosting local artists to spread their knowledge and share their art forms with the community. Whether it's painting, sculpting, dance, theatre, self-defense, puppetry, poetry, writing, spoken word, music, fashion design, crafts, photography, welding, carpentry& whatever it may be, join Gay City in building community through art and camaraderie. For more information, contact Eleazar Juarez at eleazar@gaycity.org or 206-388-1707 or Robert Yoon at Robert@gaycity.org or 206-388-1704.

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