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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.

QUEER FOUNDATION OFFERING THREE $1,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
To the top essayists in the 2010 high school seniors English essay contest, $1,000 scholarships are available for studies in Queer theory or a related field at the U.S. college or university of their choice in 2010-'11. For complete information, visit http://queerfoundation.org/Documents/essay_contest.html. Application deadline is February 26, 2010.

BROADWAY VIDEO ADDS FILM BOOK SECTION & MALE EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY
It's a little-known fact that Broadway Market Video opened for business in the back room of Bailey/Coy Books in 1984. In 1986, they moved to their current location in the Broadway Market, 813 E. Republican St. Things have come full circle now as Michael Wells, owner of the recently closed Bailey/Coy Books, has helped Broadway Market Video create a film book section for their store.

They will now be carrying film review guides, Hollywood biographies, Gay/Lesbian film-related titles, television history, and mysteries by local author and Broadway Market Video employee Kevin O'Brien. They will also be carrying some male erotic photography books.

Broadway Market Video now has a selection of holiday greeting cards and Michael Wells will be helping them set up a general greeting card section with some of the unique and marvelous cards that Bailey/Coy used to offer. 206-328-5023; www.broadwaymarketvideo.com.

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.

Q-SQUARED BOOK GROUP
On Saturday, December 19, at 1 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., the Q-Squared Book Group will discuss the novel At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the New York Times Book Review praised it as "A dangerous, glorious book: the kind that is likely to make absolutely anyone cry and laugh in public places." 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.

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.

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. Tickets: $15 general admission at www.rainbowcityband.com and at the door.

"A CABARET WINTER WONDERLAND WITH ARNALDO!"
Julia's on Broadway, 300 Broadway E., presents "A Cabaret Winter Wonderland with Arnaldo!", on Sunday, December 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 + 2 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 CONCERT DECEMBER 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. Final holiday concert on Sunday, December 20, at 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.

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. (Next Gay Skate Party is Monday, January 18.)

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: December - Death in Venice by Thomas Mann; January - The Immoralist by Andre Gide; February - A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. 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.

ALL PILGRIMS CHRISTIAN CHURCH HOSTS CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
On Thursday, December 24, join All Pilgrims Christian Church, 500 Broadway E. (at E. Republican St.), at 6 p.m., for their Christmas Eve service. All Pilgrims Christian Church is an open and affirming congregation. Time to reconnect with church in a setting where all are warmly welcomed. 206-322-0487; www.allpilgrims.org.

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.

MCC SEATTLE HOSTS TRANSGENDER DAY OF WORSHIP
On Sunday, December 27, at 12:30 p.m., Rev. Ray Neal, pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church Seattle invites all persons from the LGBT community and their straight supporters to a Transgender Day of Worship in the Chapel at Temple de Hirsch Sinai, 1441 16th Ave. at E. Union St., and to a forum afterwards on Transgender Issues and Opportunities. Shannon Buzard, a well-known member in Seattle's Transgender community and a lay leader at the Ravenna United Methodist Church, will be the guest speaker.

Shannon will bring the sermon during worship and will also lead the congregation in a discussion forum on Transgender Issues and Opportunities afterwards. Refreshments will be served at the forum. Lincoln Rose, a Transgender member of MCC Seattle and a member of the Pastoral Ministries Team at MCC will lead communion during worship. 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.

IN THE LIFE TV TALKS ABOUT AIDS
On Sunday, December 27, at midnight, KCT-TV will broadcast In the Life TV's December episode, "Creating Solutions."

Over twenty million people have died from AIDS since it became known in 1981. Though leading scientists worldwide have dedicated their life's work to understanding the virus, its genetic complexity is unprecedented and a cure is still beyond reach. This month on In the Life, producers speak with scientists working tirelessly for a cure, with advocates speaking out about the stigma of HIV, and look at the success of a cutting edge prevention effort to stop the spread of the disease. For more information and to view the program online at anytime visit www.inthelifetv.org.

RADICAL WOMEN HOSTS ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION
On Thursday, December 31, at 8:30 p.m., join Northwest rabble-rousers for Radical Women's annual New Year's celebration, at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., the red-hot spot for rebel movers and shakers. Festivities include a tantalizing Greek buffet, dancing, political comedy and a no-host bar. Door donation $5; buffet donation $17. Sliding scale and work exchanges available for students, unemployed and low-income people. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com.

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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