Public Notice

Burning Books "Does the Austin Public Library Censor?" is the Public Forum to be presented by our local American Civil Liberties Union, Fri, Jun 28, 12 noon (11:30am for those who wish to lunch) at Furr's Cafeteria, Northcross Mall. Cynthia Kidd, Associate Director and Barry Miller, Associate Collections Coordinator from the Austin Public Library will be on hand to field important questions like, "How are books, tapes, etc., chosen?", "What criteria do you use for selection?", and "How is ol' David Kay, anyway?" 459-5829. Stoked to Help Now is the time for all good pals to come to the aid of their Spanker. Aficionados of vintage garb will mourn the loss of this huge collection. A few weeks ago, a fire destroyed the house and belongings of Christina Marrs and her housemates, and much of the array of instruments/equipment of Marrs' fellow bandmembers in the Asylum Street Spankers. Like other Austin music scenesters, the Spankers are well-known for their devotion to public service causes. In that regard, Marrs is one of ours. And here's a great chance to show a hard-working chanteuse that her efforts don't go unnoticed. The Benefit for Christina Marrs, will feature the Spankers (of course), 81/2 Souvenirs, the Jubilettes, and more, at the Continental Club, Mon, Jul 1. Folks are also encouraged to donate directly to a fund set up to assist all those affected by the fire. Make checks payable to:Asylum St. Spankers c/o TPG, PO Box 49843, Austin, TX 78765. 707-7641. Home of Your Own

Whether you're buying into the American Dream or not, owning is better than renting. Don't be daunted by concepts of budgeting, insurance planning, or mortgage approvals; there's a free Community Credit and Home Ownership Fair, Sat, Jun 29, 10am - 3pm at Mendez Middle School, 5106 Village Square. 479-1500.

Wright Stuff

We promise more info on these folks later: The Wright Home is a new facility which was born of the generosity of St. George's Episcopal Church and the dutiful love of the HIV Wellness Center (HWC) which moved into the fully restored, 125-year-old farm house as a base of operations. The HWC offers holistic health therapies for folks with HIV, but, hush, we promised more on them later (see "About AIDS," p.83). In the meanwhile, enjoy their Open House, Sat, Jun 30, noon-3pm. 467-0088.

Helmet Laws Suck

A popular sentiment not just for the back of Hell's Angels jackets anymore! Don't give us any of that Gary-Busey grief. The man was not tooling around on a Schwinn Six. City Council mandated this goofy law and they can repeal it. What can you do? Citizens for Cycling Freedom has some wheely good ideas.302-0507, 467-9542, 320-0413 or

Blowed Up Real Good

Hey, we know we risk sounding like your mother or the City Council on a helmet bender; but sorry, we just must say it. Now, don't go getting all Libertarian on us, we know it's your god-given right to blow sh*t up, just like the natural-born juvenile delinquents that you are.

But we are in the middle of a Texas drought. Drought = Brush. Fireworks = Fire. Drought + Fireworks = Brushfires. Simple! Plus, the possession or use of fireworks in Austin could result in a $205 fine (How do they determine these wacky, random noodle slaps, anyway?).

Emergency operations must remain fully staffed, so the Austin Fire Department asks that you do not call 911 to report fireworks use. Use the special, sizzling hotline below, instead. Happy Fourth of July. 474-2211

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