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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.

BENTCARGUYS MEETING AT SEATTLE AUTO SHOW
BentCarGuys, a Seattle-based Gay and Lesbian car club, announces Gay Day at the Seattle Auto Show, on Sunday, November 9. Join us at noon at the Volvo booth and we'll tour the show together! Look for our members with our trademark blue or gray T-shirt with the BentCarGuys logo on the front. We'll be checking out the new models (including the cars), and, of course, seeing how fabulous we look behind the wheel of our favorite brand! We also plan to gather at a nearby restaurant for an early dinner afterwards. Come join the fun! For more information, contact Bob at 206-817-9883.

FREELY SPEAKING TOASTMASTERS CELEBRATES 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Seattle's only GLBT (but open to all) Toastmasters Club is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with an open house party. Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. What is unique about Freely Speaking Toastmasters is the open atmosphere that allows members to speak freely about all areas of their lives including sexual orientation. The celebration will be held at our normal meeting time and space on Monday, November 10, at 7 p.m., in the basement of the new wing (south end) of Group Health Hospital, 15th Ave. E. and E. John St. (near the corner of 16th Ave. E & E. Denny Way). There will be a brief speech by founding member Bill Sanders, who is now Area Governor. Fun, games, reminiscences, and refreshments are planned for the program. Former members and people curious about our group are encouraged to attend. More information can be found at http://toastmasterspride.org.

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SPONSORS SUPPORT GROUP FOR LGBT CARE PARTNERS
The Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups provide a place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others also caring for someone with memory loss. A free information and support group for LGBT care partners, family members and friends of people with dementia meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Elderhealth Northwest, 6555 Ravenna Ave. N.E., from 6:30-8 p.m. Entrance is on N.E. 68th St. Contact group facilitator Caila Nickerson at 781-248-3524 or cailanickerson@gmail.com. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 11

POZSEATTLE HOSTS THANKSGIVING SOCIAL
POZSeattle is pleased to present a Thanksgiving Social on Wednesday, November 12, from 6-8 p.m., at The Cuff Complex, 13th Ave. & E. Pike St. Meet us in the downstairs bar for snacks, socializing, and a whole lot of fun. This event is FREE (except for cost of beverages) and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size or color.

POZSeattle is a social organization run for and by Seattle-area HIV-Positive guys that is committed to planning and promoting fun, social activities. For questions or more information about this event, to plan your own social event, or to be added to our event promotions email list, email info@pozseattle.org or visit www.pozseattle.org.

SEATTLE COMMISSION FOR SEXUAL MINORITIES HOSTS Q-HOUR
On Thursday, November 13, the Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities will host Q-Hour at Café Metropolitain, 1703 E. Olive Way, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Q-Hour is a casual way to meet people from other organizations and groups doing work in the LGBTQ community. Our goal is to facilitate collaborative relationships and find out how the commission can help support your efforts. www.seattle.gov/scsm. Q-Hour meets the second Thursday of each month.

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

BENT MENTOR SHOWCASE SPOTLIGHTS NEW QUEER WRITING FEATURES KATE BORNSTEIN AT SHOWCASE & WRITING WORKSHOP
On Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15, Seattle's Bent Writing Institute presents their 7th annual showcase of new Queer writing at the Museum of History and Industry, McEachern Auditorium, 2700 24th Ave. E. - 7 p.m., doors; 7:30 p.m. curtain. Noted author, playwright and performance artist, Kate Bornstein, will join the comic, the tragic, the downright magical and life-changing Bent writers for an exciting and inspirational two-night program of readings. Tickets are $20-general; $30-both nights (advance purchase only); $15-student w/ID - www.brownpapertickets.com/event44981 and at the door. Kate Bornstein will lead a Bent Mentor Writing Workshop on Saturday, November 15, from 1-3:30 p.m., at Lifelong AIDS Alliance, 1002 E. Seneca St. Cost is $25. www.brownpapertickets.com/event47666. For more information, visit www.bentwriting.com or call 206-860-3035.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP TO DISCUSS CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD'S A SINGLE MAN
On Saturday, November 15, the Q-Squared Book Group will meet to discuss Christopher Isherwood's 1962 novel, A Single Man. The group will meet from 1-2 p.m. at the Capitol Hill branch of the Seattle Public Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E. Isherwood's novel was groundbreaking because the protagonist, unlike other fictional characters created at that time, is not tormented by his sexuality. On the basis of this book, Christopher Isherwood became an icon and a passionate spokesman for the Gay movement.

It has been reported that Tom Ford, former Gucci designer, has obtained the movie rights to the book and will begin filming starting in November with a cast rumored to include Colin Firth, Marianne Moore and Jamie Bell.

The Q-Squared Book Group meets monthly and is looking for new members with suggestions for books to read in the future. For more information, visit www.qsquared.org

45TH ANNUAL MR., MS. & MISS GAY SEATTLE PAGEANT AT NEIGHBOURS
On Saturday, November 15, the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle & the Olympic and Rainier Empire presents the 45th Annual Mr., Ms. & Miss Gay Seattle Pageant, at Neighbours Nightclub, 1509 Broadway. The pageant will be hosted by Krystyna Shaylee, Empress of Salt Lake City - door at 5 p.m., pageant at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door or $15 via brownpapertickets.com/event/45933.

An Introduction of Candidates for the event will be held on Sunday, November 9, at 8 p.m., at Café Metropolitain, 1701 E. Olive Way (at Boylston Ave. E.) and special reception and awards ceremony will be held on Friday, November 14, at 8 p.m., also at Café Metropolitain (see address above).

For more information on the pageant, contact Aleksa Manila, Pageant Producer. For candidate information, contact Mr. Gay Seattle XXXIV, William Knight, willk@hotmail.com or Miss Gay Seattle XLIV, Jada Manila, jada.manila@yahoo.com.

ACLU BILL OF RIGHTS CELEBRATION DINNER TO HONOR YOUTH ACTIVISTS FROM MT. SI & MT. VERNON HIGH SCHOOLS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF LGBT STUDENTS
On Saturday, November 15, the American Civil Liberties Union will honor Ian Feis, Mount Vernon High School, and Caitlin Donnelly, Mount Si High School, for their courage to stand up for equal rights and fair treatment of LGBT students in their high schools and communities. Ian's story was featured in the June 20, 2008 edition of the Seattle Gay News. The event will be held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 2100 Alaskan Way, with reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at www.aclu-wa.org or by calling 206-624-2184.

"LADY WITH THE LAMP" FUNDRAISER AT SEATTLE EAGLE HONORS ACT OF SELFLESSNESS FOR DYING MAN
On Saturday, November 15, the Seattle Eagle, 314 E. Pike St., will host a fundraising benefit from 7-11 p.m. to cover medical expenses incurred by Lael Sokvitne when she intervened during the Eagle's Vibrator night on September 16, to resuccitate a man, Johnny, whom she found lying on the floor unconscious, not breathing and bleeding from his mouth.

Moments after performing CPR, she learned that Johnny was HIV-positive. After making her statement to the police she headed to Swedish Medical Center for the antiretroviral medication that greatly reduced the effects of the virus if taken within 48 hours of exposure. After spending nine hours in the emergency room and then trying three pharmacies, she was finally able to fill the prescriptions she'd been given by Swedish. The total cost was $2,370, a steep price for Lael, who teaches yoga for a living and has minimal insurance.

Sadly, Johnny never regained consciousness and passed away four days after he was revived by Lael. The fundraiser will include a living memorial to Johnny.

A reduced-rate CPR certification course will be held during the afternoon, followed by the evening fundraiser. A raffle with prizes donated by local businesses will be held. Tickets for the evening benefit will be $10 at the door.

FIRST ANNUAL RED DRESS PARTY TO BENEFIT HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS
What wears a red dress, raises money for HIV/AIDS charities, and has a ton of fun? YOU! The First Annual Red Dress Party/Seattle will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., at the Naval Reserve Center, 860 Terry Ave. N., at South Lake Union, with 100% of net proceeds to Gay City Health Project, Multifaith Works and the Seattle Humane Society. Featuring The Perry Twins (LA) with opening DJ Kyler (C89.5). Tickets $20 advance; $30 at door; VIP $40 advance; $50 at door. www.RedDressSeattle.org.

LOCAL PHILANTHROPISTS SHAD REINSTEIN & JODY LAINE TO BE HONORED AT NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY CELEBRATION IN SEATTLE
On Thursday, November 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Washington Chapter celebrates National Philanthropy Day with a banquet and awards ceremony honoring local individuals, businesses and organizations whose contributions have been exemplary. Local Lesbian community members and activists Shad Reinstein and Jody Laine (owner of Tiempo) will be recognized at the banquet as Outstanding Philanthropists at this 20th anniversary celebration. Enrique Cerna, KCTS-TV, will be Master of Ceremonies. Tickets are $75 general seat and $100 benefactor seat (which includes pre-event reception with philanthropy award recipients as well as preferred luncheon seating). www.afpwashington.org; 206-367-8704.

KIMPTON SEATTLE HOTELS HOST PASSPORT TO WASHINGTON WINES EVENT TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
Join Kimpton Hotels Seattle for their annual Red Ribbon event to benefit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance on Thursday, November 20, from 5-7 p.m. The Hotel Vintage Park, Alexis Hotel and Hotel Monaco will host an interactive wine tasting experience at Seattle's only Washington wine-themed hotel, the Hotel Vintage Park, 1100 Fifth Ave.

With passport in hand, guests will embark on a virtual tour of Washington wine country through the boutique hotel, mingling with representatives from 13 premier Washington wineries in their dedicated guest rooms at the hotel. Wines will be perfectly paired with a special selection of tasty bites, carefully prepared by Tulio Ristaurante Chef Walter Pisano.

The event will also include a raffle with great prizes including American Airlines tickets for two, a stay at the Nicholson Ranch Winery in Sonoma, Amtrak tickets to Vancouver and more!

The party continues at Tulio, 1100 Fifth Ave., with a special three-course prix fixe dinner prepared by Chef Walter Pisano immediately following the wine tasting, paired with wines from St. Michelle Wine Estates.

Cost for the wine tasting is $20 (includes parking) - RSVP required to brandyn.hull@kimptonhotels.com or 206-340-6678.

Cost for the wine dinner at Tulio immediately following the wine tasting is $60 - reservations required at 206-624-5500 or www.tulio.com.

Kimpton Hotels are passionate in the fight against HIV/AIDS and understand that the AIDS crisis is not over. HIV services and organizations across the United States are under tremendous pressure to serve an increasing number of people. Last year, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants across the nation raised nearly $100,000 to support various organizations dedicated to fight HIV/AIDS.

MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING IN NOVEMBER
The YWCA Women's Health Outreach program will conduct a mobile mammography screening on Saturday, November 22, that is focused on LBT folks age 40 and older. No insurance is necessary for the screening, which will be held at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St. To schedule an appointment, call Candida Caraballo at 425-226-1266 ext. 1001.

THE TASTE OF GSBA - THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Enjoy the spirit of fin de siècle Paris at the most flamboyant event of the season at The TASTE of GSBA, The French Connection - an evening to savor fine food and drink while planning your travel for 2009 by bidding on some of the fifteen travel experiences, wine, dining and wonderful art. Proceeds raised at the TASTE support the GSBA Scholarship Fund - our students, the next generation of leaders. The TASTE will be held on Saturday, November 22, from 5:30-10:30 p.m., in the Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave. Black Tie optional. Dress for a night out in Gay Paris!

The evening will feature a silent auction with catered small plates followed by an exciting live auction, entertainment by The Atomic Bombshells, and a seated dinner in the ballroom. Tickets (in advance) start at $165 individual GSBA member; $180 individual non-member; $50 students. Additional $15 surcharge for walk-in guests. www.thegsba.org or 206-363-9188.

PRIDE FOUNDATION & GSBA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR NOW AVAILABLE
The Pride Foundation and the Greater Seattle Business Association are seeking scholarship applicants for the 2009-2010 school year. Over $350,000 is available in scholarships. Applications must be post-marked by January 23, 2009. For more information about the scholarship program, to download the application and find out about upcoming application workshops in your area, visit www.pridefoundation.org/scholarships.

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.

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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