Public Notice

by Kate X Messer


In the House of Love

[[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.

[[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.



Pow-WOW!

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 445-3590.



Moonlight Feels Right

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...

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....



Art From a Rock

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 for info.



Stackin' the 'Burbs

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.

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

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