Those Boots Were Made for Walkin'
As the Shaggs once warbled, "It's Halloween!" Bloodlust aside, if the
nightmare slashfests aren't your cup o' toxin (i.e.: you have little ones),
consider these fun-filled events and do some good at the same time:
Go as a Human...
Capital Area Social Activities Coordinators Association (CASACA) in conjunction with Austin Area Nursing Homes have a new tradition: Safe Halloween for the tykes and a cheery time for the residents of seven local nursing retreats. The best way to get love is to give love, and these seniors are going all out with candy, "haunted" houses, and carnivals. Call Emily Barrera: 444-6708.
* Sun., Oct. 29, 2-4pm, Pflugerville Care Ctr., 512/251-9978. Tricks & treats and a carnival.
*Tue., Oct. 31, Halloween, call for info:
Heartland Health Ctr., 4:30-6:30pm, 335-5028; Lolla Convalescent Ctr., 6:30-8:30pm, 477-0768; Marbridge Villa, Manchaca, 6-7pm, 282-1811; Retirement & Nursing Ctr., 6:30-8pm, 452-5717; Sierra Health Center, 10am, 444-6708; Southwood Care Center, 6-8pm, 440-0883.
...Or at least until all your skin falls off and you look just like one of
those cute little calaveras, a la Dia de los Muertos. And
speaking of which, this particular Last Sunday of the Month Peña is in
honor of said holiday, and pays homage to the noble, albeit imminently doomed
Chicago House. Show up (Sunday, October 29, 4pm, 607 Trinity, $5) in costume,
bring objects for the altar, and peña-down with Lourdes Pérez,
Centzontle, Correo Aéreo, and more. All funds benefit Chicago House. Go
back for more, Monday, Oct. 30 to the ACC Riverside Auditorium, 1020 Grove
Blvd., 7pm for a free peña with the same crowd! Call 442-5986 or
495-7167 for more info.
Peña Like It's 1999
The Cans Film Festival to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank will treat movie-goers to free admission to any ACTIII/Presidio Theatre film showing on Thursday, November 2 with a minimum donation of three canned goods. The festival includes all shows that day. 181 area charitable agencies will receive the goods. A goal of 15,000 pounds has been set for this year, and that doesn't even include the free popcorn.
October is Happy Lesbigay History Month and one significant date in history is
the founding of Out Youth Austin in 1990. To ensure the continuation of their
peer support and educational services for gay and lesbian teens, sign up for
Out Youth's Volunteer Training, November 3-5. Call 326-1234 for a fabulous
Back in 1990 when I (see byline) still lived in Florida, I'd eagerly
anticipate my weekly installments of The Austin Chronicle. After
snatching it out of my mailwoman's hands, I'd first rip to the back of the book
to read "Ask Bud" then pour myself a cup of tea and settle into "Public
Notice," another of my faves. Maher and Moffat colored my perspective of this
town. They painted a portrait of a community which takes care of its own -- a
community I so very wanted to call my own. So here I am with the
requisite last name beginning with "M," your new Public Notice Servant. I only
hope I can fill this tiara... now, back to the editorial "we."
Welcome to My World and a Half