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Hedy's Hints: VA construction loans assist veterans looking to build or rehab a home

Thanks to a loan program from the Veterans Affairs Administration (VA), qualifying military veterans now have several borrowing options available when looking to build or refurbish a home.

With current interest rates and available inventory, there has never been a better time for returning service men and women to invest in a new home (or to make renovations to an old one!)

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San Diego Gay Men's Chorus seeking new board members

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) is looking to grow its leadership team and has invited community members to apply to serve on the organization's board of directors.

Big Queer BBQ is today at SDSU

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego State University's (SDSU) Queer Student Union will host this semester's Big Queer BBQ today from 4-9 pm on campus at the Scripps Cottage.

Originally known as the Big Gay BBQ, the popular event has been held on the campus each semester since Fall 2000. Community members are welcome to the event, which typically attracts over 200 students, faculty/staff, and others.

San Diego Pride to offer legal clinic

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego LGBT Pride and Tom Homann LGBT Law Association have teamed up again to provide a legal resource clinic that will hear the legal concerns of LGBT community members and provide resource contact information to help individuals further their goals.

The partnership will provide walk-in services with attorneys that can assess legal questions and refer participants to appropriate resources to aid them in obtaining assistance with legal needs on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the San Diego Pride office. Walk-in registration begins at 5 pm.

San Diego's Black's Beach makes list of top 10 nude beaches in the world

Are you a fan of getting an all-over tan? Then you need to put these best nude beaches from around the world on your bucket list.

According to Fiona Hunt, managing director of Adventure World, getting buff in the buff is a hot travel trend, with many of the beaches below offering opportunities to work out via activities such as beach volleyball or fitness classes.

Don’t giggle. The Greek word “gymnos,” which coined the term gymnasium, means “naked.” In Ancient Greece, athletes competed nude because it encouraged aesthetic appreciation of the human body. So there!

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation offers free workshop on retirement

SAN DIEGO, California -- On Sept. 23 from 6 to 7:30 pm, the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation will offer a free workshop giving seniors advice and lessons on how to gracefully enter one’s golden years.

Participants will take a Retirement Confidence Quiz that judges preparedness for retirement and senior living. The interactive workshop will help seniors develop a retirement plan working directly with a senior living specialist and a financial advisor.

Transgender CEO is the highest-paid female executive in the U.S.

(Editor's note: Martine Rothblatt grew up in San Diego, California.)

Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation to host "Native Lesbian Writers"

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation will partner with the San Diego Central Library to host Native American writers and activists Chrystos and Janice Gould.

The event, titled A Regathering of Spirit: Native Lesbian Writers is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 pm and will feature a resource and book fair, a reading and performance by the authors in the library’s auditorium, and a book signing afterward.

More than 400 chinchillas saved in largest San Diego Humane Society rescue

SAN DIEGO, California -- If you volunteered at our shelters in the last week you may have noticed a little more hustle and bustle than usual, including our special cage building assignment last Monday. Turns out we were asked by PETA to rescue and care for more than 400 chinchillas!

Yesterday, four teams of experienced San Diego Humane Society animal welfare professionals rescued and transported 420 chinchillas to San Diego Humane Society during an 8-hour rescue operation in Vista, CA. This is the largest animal rescue in the history of San Diego Humane Society.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus presents check to local Boys & Girls Clubs

SAN DIEGO, California -- It was hard to miss the five-foot tall, ruby-red sequined shoe in the Balboa Theatre’s front lobby at the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) recent LUV Madonna show.

Strategically placed, it called out for show patrons to toss in a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.

And, donate they did with more than $650 collected during the weekend.

“Everybody had a blast pitching in—it was definitely a fun way to raise money for a great organization that is out there helping kids every day,” SDGMC vice president Caron Woodward said.

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