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PRIDE FOUNDATION & GSBA OFFERING $300,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2010-11
Pride Foundation and the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) are accepting applications for 2010-11 scholarships to eligible LGBT students and straight allies. Currently, $300,000 in scholarship money is available during this cycle. Pride Foundation along with the GSBA offers 50 different scholarships, all through a single streamlined application. For more information on previous scholars, the scholarship process, or how to start a scholarship fund, visit www.pridefoundation.org/scholarships/ or www.PrideFoundationScholar.org or thegsbascholarship.org. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2010 at 5 p.m. PST.

VOICES RISING - LGBTQ OF COLOR ARTS & CULTURE - PRESENTS AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD, HIP HOP, POETRY & ARTISTRY
On Friday, December 11, at 7:30 p.m., Voices Rising presents Luzviminda Carpenter, Crystal Ybarra, Marita Isabel and Ela Barton, with Chad Goller-Sojourner, at Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., just north of E. Pine St., for an evening of spoken word, hip-hop, poetry and artistry. Tickets: $10-$25 sliding scale. www.facebook.com/voicesrisingseattle. www.brownpapertickets.com.

SEATTLE MEN IN LEATHER'S "PICTURES WITH SANTA"
On Friday and Saturday evening, December 11 and 12, from 8 p.m.-midnight, the Seattle Men in Leather will host their annual "Pictures With Santa" fundraiser at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. at E. Pine St. Come get your picture taken with a hot and hunky Santa. Your $5 donation will benefit Lambert House, Seattle's LGBTQ youth resource center. Plus enjoy naughty elves and other guests both nights.

FREE MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS AT THE WILDROSE
The YWCA LGBT Health Outreach program and the Wildrose Tavern will conduct mobile mammography screenings on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St. The screenings are free for income-eligible people age 40 and over who lack insurance or are underinsured. Those with insurance are also welcome. To make an appointment, please call 206-436-8671 or email lbthealth@ywcaworks.org.

GAY CITY PRESENTS MIRRORED - A GCTV SHORT FILM
What's in your reflection? Gay City's latest GCTV short film explores the relationships between Gay men, our body images, and its impact on our community. Join Gay City on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m., at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., for this FREE event, FREE popcorn, and FREE lively post-film discussion. Presented by Gay City and Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

"A HOLIDAY SHOW TO REMEMBER"
On Saturday, December 12, door at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m., the Imperial Court of Seattle, the Imperial Court of Tacoma, and the Knights of Malta/Jet Chapter present "A Holiday Show to Remember," at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway, entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave. off E. Pike St. Enjoy a festive evening of fine drag entertainment, plus silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Cost is $5 at the door along with an unwrapped toy or food donation.

DIVERSE HARMONY - "A SEASON OF GIVING"
On Saturday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Diverse Harmony presents "A Season of Giving," an evening of music and scrumptious desserts benefiting Diverse Harmony, the nation's first Gay/straight youth alliance chorus and the GSBA's youth scholarship program. With special guest performance by the Seattle Women's Chorus' ensemble, Sensible Shoes. The event will be held at the Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Union St. Tickets: $50 suggested donation - 90% of each ticket sold will benefit Diverse Harmony, 10% will benefit the GSBA youth scholarship fund. www.diverseharmony.org.

GRACE GOSPEL CHAPEL'S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
On Saturday, December 12, at 7 p.m., Grace Gospel Chapel, 2052 N.W. 64th St., presents their annual Christmas Concert, featuring accomplished concert pianist, Jee Wong, with local vocalists. A dessert bar and refreshments will be served after the concert. Grace Gospel Chapel is the oldest independent LGBTQ church in the US. The church is also straight affirming. The church has limited disability access due to the age of its building. They have a stair seat lift with people available to assist with the chair lift as well as taking chairs up and down their facility. However, electric wheelchairs are not accessible due to their weight. The chapel does not have ramps. 206-784-8495; www.gracegospelwa.org.

INGERSOLL GENDER CENTER PRESENTS SNOWBALL 2009 "SIMPLY WONDERFUL!" HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
On Saturday, December 12, from 7 p.m.-midnight, the Ingersoll Gender Center presents their annual holiday celebration at Café Metropolitain, 1701 E. Olive Way. Dress up or dress down, this event is for all ages. Enjoy music, dance, celebration and food. Only $9 at the door! www.ingersollcenter.org.

"A CABARET WINTER WONDERLAND WITH ARNALDO!"
Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway E., presents "A Cabaret Winter Wonderland with Arnaldo!" on Sundays, December 13 and 20, show at 7 p.m., with dinner seating at 5:30 p.m., featuring the Victor Janusz Jazz Trio. Traditional and non-traditional tunes will be showcased in this American Style Cabaret - from "Winter Wonderland," "Santa Baby," and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" to Maltby and Shire's "I Don't Remember Christmas," Fishberg's "You Are There," and the French classic "Les Fuilles Mortes." General admission: $18 + two-drink minimum at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/84315; seniors and students: $10 with valid ID, please call 206-334-0513.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERTS DECEMBER 13, 14 & 20
Santa's bag is jam-packed with new musical toys, as well as new takes on old favorites in the SMC's 2009 holiday concert, "Santa Baby." This year, tune into a "Very Special Christmas Special" with hilarious highlights from forgotten TV Christmas shows, a Bollywood carol that will expand your holiday horizons, and the chorus' inspiring version of "Silent Night," back by popular demand. Add in the majestic sounds of Benaroya Hall's Watjen concert organ and you have a wonderful new visit with a Seattle holiday tradition. 12/13, 12/14 & 12/20 @ 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

"SMASH THE CHURCH, SMASH THE STATE: THE EARLY YEARS OF GAY LIBERATION"
On Tuesdays, November 3-December 15, at 6:30 p.m., Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party hosts a free seven-week discussion series on a new anthology, Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, at Kaladi Brothers Coffee, 511 E. Pike St. These essays, by dykes, drag queens, Transsexuals, and Queers of color, who built the radical movement of sexual minorities in the 1960s and '70s, provide often overlooked insights into modern Queer history and useful lessons for today's Generation Q activists. For more information, 206-722-2453 or www.socialism.com/seattle. Wheelchair accessible.

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.

GSBA HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND ANNUAL MEETING WITH SYLVIA O'STAYFORMORE
On Wednesday, December 16, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., the GSBA (the Greater Seattle Business Association), Seattle's LGBT Chamber of Commerce, hosts their Holiday Luncheon and Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St. Come toast the outgoing GSBA board members, welcome new 2010 GSBA board members and celebrate the holiday season with entertainment by Sylvia O'Stayformore. Out magazine voted Sylvia the hottest drag queen in America in 2003. www.stayformore.com. Cost is $30 - members (in advance); $35 - non-members (in advance); $30 - students (in advance); walk-ins are $10 more at the door. www.thegsba.org; 206-363-9188.

LIFE LINES 2010 ROSIE THE RIVETER CALENDAR MEET & GREET & SIGNING EVENT TO BENEFIT WASHINGTON WOMEN IN THE TRADES
On Wednesday, December 16, from 3-5 p.m., Mosaic, 9200 Holman Road NW, will host a meet and greet and calendar signing event in celebration of the 2010 Rosie the Riveter Calendar, featuring 13 extraordinary Northwest women who worked as "Rosie the Riveters" during World War II. This informal afternoon event will give the public a rare opportunity to meet these extraordinary women, swap stories and purchase a collectable, signed copy of the 2010 calendar - $20 each - which supports Washington Women in the Trades ongoing community projects. The calendar is also available at Not a Number Cards & Gifts, 1905 N. 45th St.

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: 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.

"LIGHT THE NIGHT" - A GLBTQ HANUKKAH
On Wednesday, December 16, from 7-9 p.m., Kolenu - The GLBTQ Initiative of Jconnect Seattle invites you to "Light the Night: A GLBTQ Hanukkah," at Sole Repair, 1001 E. Pike St., to "celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah as we honor eight community leaders who have been influential in our local fight for equality.

"During the Festival of Lights we remember the importance of standing up for who you are. Each candle we light of the menorah reminds us of the story of the Maccabees and the light inspires us to continue working for justice and equality in the GLBTQ community.

"We'll have everything from latkes to dreidels, and the evening will also include a beautiful candle lighting ceremony symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and the idea that great leadership and community action will prevail against oppression."

The event is FREE.

LE FAUX HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA TO BENEFIT SCCC'S FRIENDS OF THE COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM
On Wednesday, December 16, Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway E., presents the 2009 Le Faux Holiday Extravaganza Benefit Performance for Seattle Central Community College's The Friends of the College Success Program (FCSP) with the ever outrageous Shannel and the full Le Faux cast performing holiday favorites - no host bar at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Come see Seattle's finest celebrity impersonators, cabaret stars, and burlesque performers and support Seattle Central Community College's students who are former foster youth. Tickets: $25-show; $50-dinner/show single; $65-VIP dinner/show single; $90-dinner/show couple; $125-VIP dinner/show couple. 206-334-0513; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/46489.

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.

GEOFF RYMAN BOOK READING & SIGNING
On Friday, December 18, at 7 p.m., NW Media Arts and the University Book Store present a Fantastic Fiction salon with award-winning and openly Gay author, Geoff Ryman, at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE. $5 suggested donation.

Ryman will also be teaching a writing workshop as part of the Fantastic Fiction Workshop Series at Richard Hugo House on Saturday, December 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 206-322-7030; www.hugohouse.org.

SHIFT PEER RECOVERY NETWORK HOSTS GAME NIGHT AT DUNSHEE HOUSE
On Friday, December 18, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., the SHIFT Peer Recovery Network will host a substance-free dinner and game night for LGBTQ people in recovery and their friends at Dunshee House, 303 17th Ave. E.

MEN OF ALL COLORS & CULTURES TOGETHER HOLIDAY POTLUCK SOCIAL
On Saturday, December 19, from 5-10 p.m., Men of All Colors & Cultures Together (MACCT) will be hosting their Holiday Potluck Social. For additional information and location, call 206-923-8313 or email macctseattle@yahoo.com.

SEATTLE WOMEN'S CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERTS DECEMBER 19 & 20
The heavenly and angelic voices of the Seattle Women's Chorus will once again be "Making Spirits Bright" in their annual holiday concert. Joyful numbers will combine with inspirational carols to create an experience the whole family will love. 12/19 at 8 p.m. and 12/20 at 2 p.m. at Meany Hall, University of Washington. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

MCC SEATTLE HOSTS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SERVICE AND COMMUNITY DINNER
On Sunday, December 20, at 12:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church Seattle invites the entire Queer community and its straight supporters, to their annual Christmas worship service and community dinner in the Chapel at Temple de Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave. at E. Union St. Tom Carlisle, an energetic pianist and singer and long time favorite of the Seattle Men's Chorus, will be bringing special music for the worship service.

Pastor Ray Neal says, "It is important for Queer Christians to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. Christ came to bring Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love to each one of us. God boldly moved into our human form to make sure that we knew that God loves us exactly the way God made us. All too often we hear from Fundamentalist Christians that we are unacceptable to them and to God because of who we are and whom we love. They are wrong! We will celebrate the coming of Christ into the world and we will celebrate it for all those who live on the edges of acceptable society because God-in-Christ came to bring God's love to everyone, including Queer Christians."

MCC Seattle is the oldest congregation in the Pacific Northwest founded by and for the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual community. Rev. Ray Neal is the senior pastor, having come to Seattle in March, 2009. Rev. Michelle Carmody serves the congregation as Associate Pastor.

206-325-2421; www.mccseattle.org.

"A CHILD'S HOLIDAY" - RAINBOW CITY BAND'S HOLIDAY CONCERT
On Sunday, December 20, at 3 p.m., the Rainbow City Band presents their holiday concert, "A Child's Holiday," at the Broadway Performance Hall, Broadway & E. Pine St. The concert will be a magical, musical journey back to childhood, and those days when the Menorah shone brightly in the window, and those Christmas presents were under the tree just BEGGING to be unwrapped! The celebration will feature such classics as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and music from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The Purple Passion Swing Band will also make toes tap with their high energy take on the holidays. Get ready to ride in Santa's sleigh as they perform "Hot Chocolate" from the big screen hit, The Polar Express. It's an afternoon of music, fun, and family, as they kick off the holidays, Rainbow City Band style! Tickets: $15 general admission in advance at www.rainbowcityband.com and at the door.

GAY SKATE PARTY AT BELLEVUE SKATE KING
On Monday, December 21, from 7-10 p.m., enjoy an evening of roller skating at Bellevue Skate King, 2301 140th Ave. NE, Bellevue, at this LGBTQ community social event for friends and family. Cost is $8 at the door; $5 under 18. Regular skate rentals: FREE. Inline skate rentals: $4 or bring your own skates. For more information and directions, call 425-458-4707.

NORTHWEST NETWORK PRESENTS WINTER RELATIONSHIP SKILLS CLASS
On Wednesday evenings, January 13-February 17, The Northwest Network presents a six-week course exploring the skills we need to build the relationships we want. Topics include: identifying cultural norms and personal values, accountability, naming and setting boundaries, strengthening support networks and more! The class is open to LGBTQ people and their friends and loved ones and is open to all regardless of relationship status or history. Registration requested by Wednesday, January 6. Suggested donation is $90; however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds - scholarships and trades are available. The class is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpreters can be provided with pre-registration by Wednesday, December 30. For more information, accessibility questions or to register, contact Deann at 206-568-7777 or deann@nwnetwork.org. www.nwnetwork.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.

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