Outta the Gutter! Between the groovy bowling shirts bearing loopy embroidered names like "Helga" and "Sheckey" and the tacky Hawaiian shirts of many colors, this year's Hula Bowl benefit Bowl-a-Thon to raise dough for the Crohn`s & Colitis Foundation, should be the fashion event of the season, Sat, Oct 5 at the recently relocated Austin fave, Dart Bowl, 5700 Grover. As indicated by the name, this year's theme "takes" charity bowlers to the Hawaiian islands and all participants are encouraged to dress just like tacky tourists headed for the fabulous 50th: leis, grass skirts, flip-flops, loud shirts -- you know the drill. The foundation raises funds for education and research for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, affecting nearly two million Americans -- which, according to the foundation, is more than muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and cystic fibrosis combined.
800/785-2232. Viva la Raza This Latin American holiday is significant to our Austin Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization (ALLGO) for more than the obvious reasons. Aside from celebrating a proud cultural heritage, ALLGO celebrates 11 years of serving the Austin community with their commitment to establishing cultural and artistic renaissance within communities of color. Come enjoy their enlightenment, Sun, Oct 6, 2-8pm at Plaza Mexico Tipico, 1707 E. Sixth. 472-2001. 10,080 Minutes One week without violence... can you imagine such a thing? Well, the University YWCA can and does and for the second year announces the Week Without Violence, Sun, Oct 6 -- Sat, Oct 12, with events and themes each day of the week geared toward raising awareness and suggesting alternatives to the horrendous reality in our culture, so often accepted as a given. YWCA joins with other area organizations in this effort, and by the publication of this issue, should have a full list of events and participants, so do call. 326-1222.
In related news, the Abused Women's Active Response Emergency (AWARE) Program announces along with the Austin Police Department and ADT Security Systems the availability of emergency personal security devices for the residences of battered or abused women in the area. As with the above event, this is an interagency cooperative project. 480-5017. Easy Being Green The Green Room, 306 E. Fifth, is the site for KOOP Radio's big benefit blow-out blast and Thank You Party, Sat, Oct 5, 8:35pm. The little community radio station with the big heart (America's Only Cooperative FM™), wants to thank renewal and new members and all volunteers for a bitchin' pledge drive. Jazz with a capital "J" is the order of the eve with explorations into modern, classic and international from the likes of Araxia Trio, Aquaviva, the East Babylon Symphony, and Straight-Ahead Impromtu with Tina Marsh, Martin Banks, Elias Haslanger, and Edwin Livingston. Top it off with SXIP (+) (Oooohh, that intrigues us Huge Sxip Fans™), Tammy Gomez & megaha. It's only $3 unless you are one of the folks KOOP is specifically thanking, and what the hell, that's cheap, especially for that calibre of entertainment. 472-1369. Easier Being Gray In a town where the demographic profile says you are more likely to be Gay and Green, if ya know what we mean, The Gay & Gray Workshop for Men fills a niche that often seems overlooked in our li'l transient college-town culture. The workshop, hosted by Prime Timers of Austin, will cover concerns financial, physical, legal, and emotional, Sat, Oct 5, 9am-4:30pm at 425 Woodward. The cost is $7.50 in advance; $10 at the door. Now, how 'bout one for the gay and gray sisters? 282-2861. Eat, Walk = Life For those of you who live to eat out (don't go there; that's not what we mean!!), here's the fundraiser for you. The line-up of restaurants is, as usual, impeccable; the cause invincible; the date, Mon, Oct 7 and you can do it all day long. Yes, it's the ever-popular Dining for Life benefit for AIDS Services of Austin and 18 other AIDS services organizations, in which the restaurant community comes together to let you do what you do best, Austin: Eat (for a good cause). Call for a list of participating restaurants and mealtimes, and save room for dessert. 406-MEAL.
Oh! And don't forget: AIDS Walk 1996 is the new name for what was previously called From All Walks of Life. The annual community convergence/benefit is coming, Sun, Oct 27. Mark your calendar, grab a pledge sheet, sign away all your beer money, get those dusty takkies out the closet, and hit the turf. 452-WALK. Shout It From the Hilltop It doesn't much matter whether one works to help ease the suffering of many people or of just one person, a generous heart is a generous heart. The Hilltop Madness Party, Sat, Oct 5, at 15 Pillow Road, in Sunset Valley, will benefit one little girl named Emma in need of funds for a bone marrow transplant. They need revelers at $10 a pop as well as volunteers. Children`s Organ Transplant Association, Inc. (COTA), will dedicate 100% of the proceeds of this party to aid in Emma's transplant expenses. An account has been set up for Emma; send to: COTA for Emma; Bank One Capital Plaza, 5407 N. I-35, Austin, TX 78723. 463-6183. Holiday... Celebrate... We'll be running two specials this holiday season: Blue Lights Anonymous will be a regular feature in this column leading right up to the holidays. So if your organization is raising funds by selling holiday gifts or items, tell us. We'll run our treasured Holiday Wish List again in early December. Organizations: Send us a list of your 10 most desired items, and we'll see if Santa is reading! We'll explain all this fully next week.