Southern Country Houston offers free country/western dance lessons on Nov. 1 and every Thursday, 8-10 p.m., at Brazos River Bottom. Details: www.southerncountryhouston.
On Nov. 2, Rothko Chapel offers a noon-1 p.m. Tibetan Buddhist meditation directed by Alejandro Chaoul, a student of the practice since 1989 and a teacher of Tibetan meditation and Tibetan yoga since 1995. Chaoul is an assistant professor at the John P. McGovern, M.D., Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit at the University of Texas Medical School Houston. RSVP: www.rothkochapel.org.
HATCH, the support group for GLBT and questioning youth, ages 13-20, meets on Nov. 2 (and every Friday), 7 p.m., and Nov. 4 (and every Sunday), 6 p.m. Call for location. Details: 713/529-3590, www.hatchyouth.org.
The lineup for the inaugural South Padre Island Music Festival includes community favorite Ginger Leigh, who served as emcee of the Houston Women’s Music Festival last month. Presented by the South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Nov. 2-4 festival features more than 40 acts at multiple venues performing 2 p.m.-2 a.m. each day. $48 for a three-day wristband. Details: www.spimusicfest.com, 800/433-8849 (for tickets).
Local transgender activist Josephine Tittsworth presents a workshop, “The T Word: Embracing the T in Diversity,” at the annual University of Houston Clear Lake Student Leadership Conference on Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. (conference, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.). $50 registration fee. Details: 281/283 2611, www.uhcl.edu/sli.
PFLAG Houston holds its monthly meeting on Nov. 4, 2 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Details: www.pflaghouston.org.
Theater LaB Houston opens its 15 th season with the comedy Diva on Nov. 7, 8 p.m., with performances through Dec. 2. $25. Tickets: 713/868-7516, www.theaterlabhouston.org.
Gay and Lesbian Latin Organization (GALLO) holds its monthly meeting on Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church (United Church of Christ). Details: www.houstongallo.org.
On Nov. 9, the Houston Bar Association presents a 1-2:30 p.m. seminar on gay and lesbian legal issues conducted by Mitchell Katine of Williams, Birnberg & Andersen L.L.P. in the Harris County Jury Assembly Room (1019 Congress Plaza). Free for HBA members, $25 for non-members. Details: 713/759-1133, www.hba.org.
Asians and Friends Houston throws a 15 th anniversary party on Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., at Sycamore Heights. Details: www.asiansandfriendshouston.com.
Montrose Softball League meets on Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m., at the Houston GLBT Community Center. Details: www.montrosesoftballleague.com.
The new Houston Area Stonewall Democrats holds its kick-off meeting on Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Ziggy’s Healthy Grill (new location at 302 Fairview). Details: Jeffry Downs, [email protected].
Houston Gay and Lesbian Parents hosts its monthly family dinner night on Nov. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at The Buffalo Grille. Details: www.hglp.org.
Ten percent of all purchases at Ten Thousand Villages (2424A Rice Blvd.) on November 15, 6-8 p.m., benefit Bering Omega Community Services. Details: www.beringomega.org.
Blaffer Gallery, the University of Houston art museum, accepts submissions for its 2008 Houston Area Exhibition through Nov. 15. The annual exhibition is scheduled for May 9–August 2. Details: 713/743-9530, www.blaffergallery.org.
Masquerade Theatre presents Gypsy, the Jules Styne/Stephen Sondheim musical, Nov. 17-25, at the Hobby Center. $15-$35. Tickets: 713/861-7045, www.masqueradetheatre.com.
On Nov. 17, Houston Transgender Unity Committee hosts a local ceremony marking Transgender Day of Remembrance, the internationally observed day that memorializes individuals murdered because of anti-trans prejudice. Holocaust Museum Houston is the site for the 6:30 p.m. event. Details: www.htuc.org, www.transhouston.com.
Roger Woest is among the performers in “A Caring Cabaret-A Taste of Italy,” a benefit for Bering Omega Community Services, on Nov. 18, 5-8 p.m., at Riva’s Italian Restaurant. $50 includes buffet dinner. Tickets: www.beringomega.org or Carey Pope, 713/341-3763.
Nov. 30 is the postmark deadline for nonprofit organizations to submit beneficiary requests to Bunnies on the Bayou for 2008. Then annual party and fundraising event is March 23 next year. Details: www.bunniesonthebayou.org.
Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for Diversity Houston, a one-day business-and-community conference on Feb. 15 (location to be announced). The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Honoring Our Allies luncheon hosted by the chamber. Registration: $75 by Nov. 30, then $95. Details: event coordinator Jonathan Lanz, 713/979-4500, www.diversityhouston.org. www.thechamberhouston.org.
Dame Julie Andrews speaks as part of the Brilliant Lecture series on Dec. 3, 7 p.m., the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. $75. Details: www.brilliantlectures.com.
Gay & Lesbian Switchboard Houston, a program of Montrose Counseling Center, soon begins a new training session for volunteers. Call for dates. Register: Sally Huffer, 713/529-0037, ext. 324.