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SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION LGBT SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
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CALL FOR ARTISTS - SOUND TRANSIT ON BROADWAY
An open call for professional artists. Sound Transit needs someone to act as the lead artist in overseeing projects that will be created by a variety of artists for the construction wall surrounding the light rail construction site on Capitol Hill. Make the fence surrounding a block of the Broadway neighborhood active, interesting and relevant! $10,000 budget, duration 2010-2014. Deadline for entry is Monday, February 8. Work begins February 2010. See application website for details on eligibility and how to apply. www.soundtransit.org/Projects-and-Plans/Projects-By-Service/STart-Public-Art-Program/Call-for-Artists/Capitol-Hill-Construction-Wall-Lead-Artist.xml

FREE RÉSUMÉ AND JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
South Seattle Community College's WorkSource Center is partnering with the Seattle Public Library to offer résumé and job search workshops at the downtown Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Room 4 on Level 4. The one-hour workshops are conveniently scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays. No registration is required, but seating may be limited. For more information, contact the Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636, www.spl.org, or South Seattle Community College WorkSource at 206-764-5304, www.southseattle.edu.

"BLAZING HABITS" - A SISTER HOEDOWN TO BENEFIT NW NETWORK
On Friday, January 29, from 8-11 p.m., join the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan, and the Rain Country Dance Association, for a "goll-durn knee-slappin', two-steppin' hoedown" at The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave., at E. Pine St., to "rustle up a fistful of dollars" for the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse. "It's pesos for prancin', sawbucks for swingin' and dollars for dancin' with your favorite fillies." Plus a fundraising raffle. www.theabbey.org; www.nwnetwork.org.

MISS INDIGO BLUE'S ACADEMY OF BURLESQUE - INAUGURAL ALUMNI SPECTACULAR
On Friday, January 29, at 9 p.m., at West Hall, OddFellows Building, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd Fl., Miss Indigo Blue's Academy of Burlesque presents a new monthly event: The Alumni Spectacular! The academy has produced a bevy of talent over the years, and this event will showcase a sampling of graduates. From nubile newbies to seasoned starlets, there's a little something for everyone!

The inaugural show will star The Shanghai Pearl, Polly Wood, and Waxie Moon, and feature talented grads: Verilee Faux, VaGina Velvet, Honey Moon, Ultra Vixen, Bella Bijoux, Lolita "Tatas" Valentino and Hottie McNaughty. The inaugural event will be hosted by the academy's headmistress, Miss Indigo Blue. Tickets are $10 if purchased from a performer, $12 advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/95862, $15 at the door.

WA DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP LAW: WHAT COUPLES SHOULD KNOW
On Saturday, January 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Bainbridge Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge attorney Elizabeth M. Dronkert, will discuss, from a legal perspective, the personal and property implications of being registered as Washington Domestic Partners, the immediate legal effect of registering or being registered given Referendum 71's passage, and what crucial self-help actions couples might take either proactively or, if registered, retroactively to compensate for shortcomings in the state's boilerplate registration forms. Time will also be allowed for question. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call 206-780-4455.

3RD ANNUAL INCLEMENT SPRINT 5K RUN/WALK AT GREEN LAKE
On Sunday, January 31, Safe Schools Coalition and Delta Lambda Phi (the University of Washington's Psi Chapter) hosts a 5K run/walk at Greenlake, 7:45-8:45 a.m. registration; 9 a.m. run/walk, starting at the southwest corner of Green Lake behind the crew stadium, to benefit their organizations. $10 registration fee. www.inclementsprint.com; www.safeschoolscoalition.org; www.dlp.org. Delta Lambda Phi is the national fraternity of Gay, Bisexual, and progressive men.

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.

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.

NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW AT WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION & TRADE CENTER
The rich tradition of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show returns February 3-7 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. "Beauty and Functionality" is the theme of the 22nd annual event. The talents of the region's top garden creators will be on display in 23 eye-popping, full size gardens. Lighted for dramatic effect, many of these gardens integrate sustainable features with thousands of flowers as well as edible gardening displays. The show also features a line-up of internationally-known speakers in over 120 hours of seminars, container gardens, floral display competitions, shopping in the "Marketplace" area and activities for the entire family. New to the show is the "Butterfly House" exhibit which will include over 300 live butterflies. Advance tickets are available through Feb. 2 for $16 (normally $20 at the door). Children 12 and under admitted free to the show when accompanied by an adult. Visit www.gardenshow.com for a complete listing of over 75 nurseries serving as advance ticket sale locations and for more information.

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: 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.

AGE 55+ JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
Jobless? Discouraged because of age bias? Don't worry - help is available at the Mayor's Office of Senior Citizens Age 55+ Job Search Workshops, now offered quarterly. Workshops will be held on Thursdays, February 4, May 13, August 12 and November 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Job counselors from the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' Age 55+ Employment Resource Center will discuss job coaching, job-related computer training classes, a job list, web site and other services. Eligible low-income job seekers living in Seattle-King County will learn about the Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program. Job counselors will also review the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens one-stop core services and resources. The Job Search Workshop is open to jobseekers age 55+ who are Seattle-King County residents. The Age 55+ Employment Resource Center is a program of the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens, which promotes healthy aging, independent living, and social and civic engagement for mature adults. For more information, call 206-684-0500, email seniors@seattle.gov or go to www.seattle.gov/seniors on the web.

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.

"MAKING OUR COMMUNITY COUNT" - A COMMUNITY FORUM ON THE 2010 US CENSUS
The League of Women Voters hosts their next monthly forum on Thursday, February 4, at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. at E. Seneca St., 7-9 p.m. The topic of this month's forum is the 2010 US Census. The US Census Bureau aims to count every individual living in the US by April 1, 2010.

Census information is used to allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds for health care, education and other services; that translates to a per person allotment of $1,144.98 using 2007 figures. The census also determines how we are represented in local, state and national government.

Local partners and leaders are necessary in order to achieve a 100% response rate. Forum guest speaker Linh Ngo with the Community Leadership Foundation will show how they are reaching out to likely undercounted groups and how additional volunteers can join in to help make the 2010 count 100%.

All League forums are FREE and open to the public. For more information, call the League office at 206-329-4848 or visit online at www.seattlelwv.org.

SISTERS ORGANIZE FOR SURVIVAL
Sisters Organize for Survival is working on a campaign to save the WA State Basic Health Plan. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, February 4, and February 25 at 7 p.m., at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 206-722-6057 or email rwseattle@mindspring.com.

GAY CITY SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR RESOURCE & REFERRAL LINE AND LGBT LIBRARY
Gay City Health Project's newest program needs your help! They have taken charge of the 323-LGBT community resource line and need your help to make it successful! Some duties include answering phones, connecting people to resources, updating material for their records, checking out books and reshelving. If you are interested, please contact Susan at 206-388-1707 or email her at susan@gaycity.org.

2010 SPRING SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY POLICE ACADEMY
The Community Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to educate the public in the operations of the Seattle Police Department, while also giving the Department a chance to obtain valuable feedback from the community. The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the Seattle Police Department and the community members of Seattle through education and interaction.

Community participants will become familiar with various facets of the Seattle Police Department and gain insight into law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system and the daily work of police employees. With increased understanding, Seattle's community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. It is hoped that increasing community awareness will respond to some of the myths and images of law enforcement and provide a realistic view of police procedures.

If you are interested in applying, please visit www.cityofseattle.net/police/programs/policeacademy/default.htm and scroll down for the application and mailing instructions. Be sure to include a copy of your Driver's License. Space is limited and applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. The application deadline is Friday, February 5. If you have any questions, please contact Tony Ramsey at 206-684-5758 or Margaret Olsen at 206-684-8672 or email Margaret.olsen@seattle.gov.

MARDIS GRAS RAINBOW BINGO IN WEST SEATTLE
On Friday, February 5, Senior Center West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St., invites the community to a Rainbow Bingo fundraiser with a Mardi Gras theme. Doors at 5:30 p.m., live music by the Flip Flops along with food and beverage service at 6 p.m., bingo games with drag queens from 7-10 p.m. Prizes of colorful filled baskets and elaborate gift certificates plus auction, split the pot, etc. Tickets: $15 advance at 206-932-4044 or $20 at the door.

SEATTLE OTTERS 14TH INTERNATIONAL OPEN WATER POLO TOURNEY
The tourney will be held February 5-7 at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center, 650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way. For complete information, visit www.otterpolo.com/tourney/.

SEATTLE CENTER FESTAL: TET FESTIVAL USHERS IN YEAR OF THE TIGER
The region's Vietnamese community comes together at Seattle Center Festal: Tet Festival to usher in the Year of the Tiger, on Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Seattle Center's Center House.

The annual Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration, Vietnam's most popular holiday, welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the traditional roaring lion dance and the crackle of firecrackers. The 2010 Tet Festival showcases Vietnam's rich and colorful heritage and features professional performers as well as talented local artists, plus workshops, cooking demonstrations and a Regions of Vietnam Fashion Show. For a full event schedule, visit www.tetinseattle.org.

IMPERIAL COURT OF SEATTLE PRESENTS CORONATION 2010 - "THE PRESIDENT'S BALL: A STAR-SPANGLED AFFAIR"
The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle presents Coronation 2010 - "The President's Ball: A Star-Spangled Affair" on Saturday, February 13. The gala affair, which includes a complete dinner, will be held at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St., starting at 5 p.m. Tickets for the Coronation Ball are $55.

As a prelude to Coronation, on Thursday, February 11, the Court presents the Denver/Salt Lake Show, 7 p.m., at Neighbours, 1509 Broadway, entrance in alley off E. Pike St., with fine drag entertainment performed by visiting dignitaries from the Imperial Courts of Denver and Salt Lake City, in town for Coronation.

On Friday, February 12, the Court presents the Out of Town Show, 7 p.m., at Neighbours, with fine drag entertainment performed by visiting dignitaries from Imperial Courts in the Northwest region outside of Seattle.

A Victory Brunch celebrating Seattle's new reigning monarchs will be held on Sunday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m., at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.

For more information, visit www.imperialcourtofseattle.com.

CALLING ALL QUEER AND TRANS YOUTH: QUEER YOUTH SPACE IN SEATTLE - HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!
On Saturday, February 20, from 3-6 p.m, come imagine and shape Queer Youth Space in Seattle at the "Queer Youth Mutiny" meeting at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, Room BE-1110. Bring your voice, your politics, and your perspective and help create a space or spaces for Queer youth, led by youth. www.queeryouthspace.com.

GAY BINGO TO BENEFIT LIFELONG AIDS ALLIANCE
Lifelong AIDS Alliance's long-running Gay Bingo season continues on Saturday, February 20 with "Racy and Lacy Bingo" at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St. - doors at 6 p.m., game starts promptly at 7 p.m. The season continues on March 20 is "When in Rome Gay Bingo," April 17 is "Biker Babe Gay Bingo," May 22 is "Blue Hair Gay Bingo," and June 19 is "Beach Blanket Gay Bingo." Tickets are $25 and a full bar will be available. Due to Washington State Liquor Control regulations, all guests must be 21 years of age or older.

Visit the Lifelong AIDS Alliance Gay Bingo website at www.gaybingoseattle.com for more information and to buy your tickets. Or contact Gay Bingo at 206-323-0069 or gaybingo@llaa.org

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.

GAY CITY: VOLUME 3 REPULPED - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Lurid covers, sensational titles, scandalous storylines: the books of Gay pulp were denounced and sometimes even banned, but they also informed and delighted readers. Gay City Anthologies is currently seeking fiction, poetry, art, comics and photography that revisits, renews, reacts, reshapes and reinterprets the Gay pulp genre of the '50s and '60s. Don't just imitate the genre; raise the bar as far as you can and make it relevant to modern issues. Happy endings are not always required, but the work must reclaim positive representations of Gay people and culture. Despite pulp's sometimes pornographic roots, we are not looking for erotica at this time unless it has something unique and very literary to say. Deadline is Thursday, April 1. For complete details, visit www.gaycity.org

Each Gay City anthology supports the Gay City Health Project mission of reducing HIV infection by building community, communication and self-esteem among Gay men. As always, you DO NOT have to be either male or Gay to contribute.

"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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