[[perthousand]]Celebrating the 10-year existance of some public service
organizations is double-edged. On one hand, it's a testament to the dedication
of the folks committed to the cause; on the other hand it indicates that
problems still exist, probably in increasing numbers. CASA's 10-Year Birthday
Party certainly fits this bill. CASA provides volunteer court advocates for
abused and neglected children. Sunday, November 5, 1-3pm, on the Capitol south
lawns, CASA thanks the community and celebrates their success. Food, drink,
and entertainment (ballet, mariachi, lt. governor) are free to everyone.
Call 478-5303 or 443-2272.
In the House of Love
[[perthousand]]Coincidentally, the Settlement Club Garage Sale to benefit the Settlement Home hits the 20-year mark for this annual fundraiser. Here, as well, the main beneficiaries are abused and neglected kids. Settlement Home has been providing residential care and treatment for youngsters in need of love since 1916. City Coliseum is the site for the three-day extravaganza, Fri.-Sun., Nov. 3-5, 1am-5pm. Admission is $3 per person, kids under 12, free. 836-2150.
Early guardians of Barton Springs, the Tickanwatic Indians shooed out the
Spanish overlords in 1731, less than a year after those intruders set up camp.
Texas' history is rich with the stories of the Tigua, Coahuiltecan, Apache, and
over a dozen other tribes that settled in or passed through the area. In 1992,
a group of American Indian school district volunteers organized the first AISD
American Indian Heritage Festival & Pow Wow, expecting only 200 folks --
2,000 showed up. In 1993, 8,500 attended, and last year, over 15,000 enjoyed
the frybread, Navajo tacos, storytelling, and traditional dances. This Sat.,
Nov. 4, the 12-hour, free event (10am-10pm at the Toney Burger Center,
southwest of Hwys290 & 71) anticipates over 20,000 guests. Call 326-2331 or
Put Wild Basin Wildness Preserve down on your hot-list in the ol' black book
for possible first-date jaunts. You and your nature gal or guy can traipse
along with the tufted titmice, enjoy a relaxing tour of the Austin hills, and
settle back for some lunar lovin' at their Moonlighting Walk, Tues., Nov. 7,
6:30-8pm. Bring $3 for each paramour, a flashlight, and a snuggle blankie and
you are there, Casanova -- weather permitting, of course. For
reservations, call 327-7622. Sound perfect? It is, unless Mr. or Ms. Thing
infects you with some dreaded flu strain. If so...
Moonlight Feels Right
Flu to You Too
Okay, you sniffling masses, during all the "Public Notice" transitional palaver we were a bit remiss in informing you as to the schedule of free Flu Shots available locally. Can we make it up to ya? Eckerd's is offering $10 flu shots. Remember, you must be healthy for one to two weeks before the needle and it's best to get shot before the season kicks in. Call 800/ECK-ERDS for dates.
I Know Why the Caged Bird
...gets in line early for tickets: Maya Angelou is coming back to UT! This time, her gracious performance (Mon., Nov. 20, 7pm, Bass Concert Hall) will benefit the Austin Family House. Tickets are priced at $12-50, available through UTTM. Call 471-1444. More on this as it draws near....
Sculp*fest `95 invites you to get down and dirty at their annual outdoor
celebration. Kicking off Artsweek, the free fest at the Elizabet Ney Museum
(304 E. 44th St., Sat., Nov. 4, 10am-5pm) features both spectator and hands-on
events, including demos by pro sculptors and a group papier-mâché
project. Heaped on top of all this, Elgin-Butler Brick (provider of the
building blocks for so many Austin landmarks, including the Chron
offices!) is donating a 500-pound pile o' clay for kids to carve. Call 327-5961
Art From a Rock
Waiting for reopening of our downtown library? The suburban book nooks are
worth a check-out: This Sat., Nov. 4, try the Round Rock Public Library (205 E.
Main, 9am-5pm) for their used Book Sale. Then head south (same day) for the
groundbreaking of the Oak Hill Branch Library. They say to "gather under the
big oak" (5125 Convict Hill Road, 10am) -- here's hoping they don't mow it over
like so many of the other trees for which the faubourg was named.
Stackin' the 'Burbs
Volunteers of America
Here're two calls for able bodies:
[[perthousand]]Ceden Family Resources needs prenatal educators for monthly visits to pregnant women. Training held Nov. 6 & 13; call 477-1130.
[[perthousand]]Foundation for the Homeless seeks committed souls two hours a week for creative afterschool programming. Call 472-8295.
Go Reap Some Writers
It's a veritable Writer`s Harvest on KVRX 91.7FM, tonight, Thurs. Nov. 2, 7-10pm, with readings by your faves, including Marion Winik, Betty Sue Flowers, Tammy Gomez, Lars Eighner, Wammo, and more. The fine KVRX jocks will be accepting your pledges throughout the show for the Capital Area Food Bank. During this entertaining round-up, they'll surely be shilling for the next evening's gala with the same slew of talent at the Electric Lounge (302 Bowie, Fri., Nov. 3, 9-10:30pm) -- also a benefit for Capital Area Food Bank, a name you'll be hearing a lot during these holidays. Listen up; give it up: $3 per person, $1 off with can of food. Your additional generous canned food donations will be gladly accepted.
Adopt a New Attitude
November is National Adoption Month and Marywood Family Services is celebrating and regognizing families and children coming together through adoption all month, 472-9251.
Don't Be So Finicky
If you've been feverishly scanning scads of those "Where Are They Now?" celeb tell-alls for the whereabouts of Morris the Cat, go ask him yourself. He'll be at the Austin & Travis County Humane Society (124 W. Anderson, Mon., Nov. 13, 1pm) donating some certain brand of catfood. Oh, the humanity.... n