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Not Home Free Yet Just a reminder about tonight's Benefit Reading for Lars Eighner, 7-9pm Thursday, Aug. 15, at Book Stop Central Park. As detailed in last week's issue, Eighner, Austin's most acclaimed formerly homeless person and author of Travels With Lizbeth, is again teetering on the brink of homelessness due to chronic and debilitating health problems. Readers include Eighner himself, plus authors Marion Winik, Mary Willis Walker and Lawrence Wright.

Book Stop Central Park will donate a percentage of the day's sales to Eighner. Contributions may also be mailed to The Texas Observer, 307 W. Seventh, Austin TX 78701; make checks payable to The Texas Observer, but indicate they are for the Eighner fund. Fast Forward Ignore posted speed limits and you might still make tonight's meeting of WALK Austin, a pedestrian advocacy group working to increase funding and safety for local foot traffic. Join them from 6-8pm Thursday, Aug. 15, in the meeting room at Book People, Sixth & Lamar. New ideas and voices are welcome. More Post-Consumer Recycling Artists Legal and Accounting Assistance of Austin (ALAA) is taking donations for its upcoming garage sale, on the calendar for Aug. 24 at 4209 Avenue A. If you've got stuff to unload, call 476-4458 and find out how. If Not for the Courage of the Fearless Crew... Book passage now for the Austin Music Commission's annual Town Lake Cruise, leaving from the Hyatt Regency dock, Thursday, Aug. 22, 7pm. The two-hour tour includes dinner, drinks, and music by The Asylum Street Spankers. Tickets are $30; to nail yours, call Tim Garbutt at 346-6235. Black and White and Green All Over Join the Austin Greens and other eco-groups for an Environmental Justice Dialogue, Saturday, Aug. 17, 10am-4pm, at the Water & Wastewater Dept., Waller Creek Plaza, 625 E. 10th. The goal is to break down race/class barriers between environmental justice advocates and more traditional eco-activists, enabling groups to work better together. Free, of course, and open to the public. Meanwhile, in a Neuter Part of the Forest The Humane Society draws a bead on pet overpopulation with a Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Animals, Saturday, August 17, 7:30pm, at Waterloo Park (12th & Red River). This annual event is designed to call attention to the need for neutering your pets, as any responsible owner who doesn't harbor irrational fears about his own body parts should have already done.

Note: Due to crispy conditions, actual candles are out this year. BYO flashlight, instead. Happy Trails Attention joggers, cyclists, dog owners, frisbee golfers and anyone else who regularly uses the Shoal Creek Greenbelt: A new group is forming to preserve and maintain the greenbelt, specifically the three-mile stretch of wooded trail that runs along the creek from Town Lake to 39th Street.

Planned projects include tree maintenance, trail cleanup and repair, an information kiosk, and the placement of benches, a drinking fountain and a pooper scooper station at the dog leash-free area. Some improvements may be provided by the city with a bit of prompting. Others will require time and money donated by private citizens.

Join the absolutely free Shoal Creek Greenbelt Coalition at its next meeting, Sunday, Aug. 18, 7-9pm, at 4104 Bradwood Rd. Can't make it Sunday, but have ideas to share? Call Joan Bates at 371-1892 or Inga Van Nynatten at 473-9383. Get Smart x 2 * AIDS Services of Austin is again offering its popular two-part series TAKING CHARGE, a practical guide to maintaining the health and quality of life for people with HIV. The series is scheduled for consecutive Saturdays, August 17 and 24, 10am-2pm, at ASA's offices, 825 E. 531/2 St., Room 104. A $10 donation is appreciated to cover the cost of materials. For information/reservations, call Sylvia Lopez at 406-6162.

* Register now for the 1996 Texas HIV/STD Conference, slated for Aug. 26-29 at Austin's Hyatt Regency. Over 1,000 health workers, educators, counselors and clinical staff are expected to attend the four-day event, which will include workshops, panels and networking ops galore. Registration is $55 before Aug. 19, $75 after. For details, call Sylvia Watson at 490-2535. Buy Sell! Buy Sell! Grab great deals on clothing, furniture, books and God knows what else at the first ever Community Wide Garage Sale, Sunday, Aug. 18, 1-5pm, at Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st (at the Hancock Golf Course). Free admission, with refreshments available to help you beat the heat. Got stuff to get rid of? Ten bucks buys you a 12'x12' seller's area complete with table and two chairs; to reserve, call 453-7765 before 6pm, August 16. A portion of the proceeds will benefit programs at the Rec Center. Grocery Money Project Transitions needs help providing meals for residents of Roosevelt Gardens, its 22-unit apartment complex for low-income people with AIDS. They've got the kitchen, they've got the cooks; now all they need is cash. If you can help, call 454-8646. EMAIL: PNOTICE@AUSCHRON.COM MAIL TO: "PUBLIC NOTICE," THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE, P0 BOX 49066, AUSTIN, TX 78765. DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, 6PM, EIGHT DAYS PRIOR TO PUBLICATION. PHONE CALLS HAVE A .001% CHANCE OF BEING RETURNED.

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