Membership meeting & social gathering for gay & lesbian Democrats; Deanna's, 107 Rivington St. (betw. Ludlow & Essex Sts.), 212-620-7310; 6-8.
Free confidential forum for those experiencing unwanted sexual badgering; 888-979-7765 to register; 6.
WENDY'S SEARCH FOR SIZZLIN' SOUNDS CONTEST
Hamburger chain seeks original songs about hamburger hankerings & odes to the all beef patty, two contest finalists to appear on CBS' Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, winner receives recording session with Wynn Jackson. Hamburger lovers should submit music & lyrics by Aug. 31 to RollingStone.com, att: Sizzlin' Sounds of Hamburgers' Contest, 640 N. LaSalle St., Suite #560, Chicago, IL 60610 or send an MP3 to www.sizzlinsounds.com
Poets Society sponsors contest. Submit 21 lines or less for chance to win $1000 to Free Poetry Contest, PMB126, 1626 N. Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028 or enter at www.famouspoets.com by July 27. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
SINGLES UPBEAT SOIREE
Introductions, buffet, conversation & drinks; Penthouse at Sutton Pl. Suites, 300 E. 58th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 718-875-3878 res. req.; 9:30, $38 [repeats Sat.].
10th annual bastille Day tournAment
NY restaurant employees compete for fun & prizes to benefit the Children's Museum of the Arts at Restaurant Provence, 38 MacDougal St. (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.) RSVP 212-475-7500; 12:30-7, free to watch.
records flea market
Hundreds of LPs, 45s, 78s, v-discs, books, posters & photos; 155 W. 72nd St. (B'way), 212-579-0689; 10-2, free.
FRIENDLY FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Moderate & advanced French speakers gather to read & chat every Monday night at The Magic Carpet, 54 Carmine St. (betw. Bedford & Bleecker Sts.), 914-776-7723; 7-9, free.
NYC CAMERA SHOW & SALE
New & used cameras, darkroom equipment & accessories; Embassy Ballrooms, Holiday Inn, 440 W. 57th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 973-472-5460; 10-3, $6.
A WILD TASTE FROM DOWN UNDER!
Australian wine sampling, food tastings & specialty auction to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association; The Roosevelt Hotel, Madison Ave. (45th St.), 212-679-6215; 6-10, call for price.
Organization of Independent Artists hosts patriotic exhibition feat. works by more than 60 artists incorporating xerography, letterpress, mixed media & sculpture; Gallery 402, 19 Hudson St. (betw. Chambers & Reade Sts.), 212-219-9213; 1-5, free [continues Weds.-Fri., through 7/28].