Public Notice

Sign of Love

There's a great column in this month's Travis County Council for the Deaf's newsletter about a little phenomenon known as the Reciprocity Pool in the Deaf community. It likens the efficient flow of selfless giving to those cool little penny kitties at the convenience store: When you are in need, you dip in; when you are able, you replenish. Reading that made us feel Damn Good about our job here every week, because we get to see this neat little package of love in action all over our town -- no, not the pennies, but that manifestation of the same principle in the public service community... By the way, here's your chance to get to know the folks at the Deaf Community Center, Austin Interpreters for the Deaf, and Austin Community College`s Interpreter Preparation Program. These groups host a Garage Sale, Sat, Oct 19 at the Deaf Community Center, 425 Woodward. 483-7670 or 462-2545.


Small World

When we were kids husking coconuts in South Florida, we went to the old House That Walt & Mickey Built more times than any adult should care to admit (in the 100s, if you must know). Of course, part of every Disney jaunt included that veritable Benetton-ad of a boat ride, the mesmerizing (at age 10), charming (by age 12), cute (by age 15), and (by the time we reached 19) totally obnoxious It's a Small World ride, which featured hundreds of little mantra-singing dollies dressed in the clichéd finery of many nations of the world. Aaaaarrrgh! Now we are old and delight in the sort of nostalgia and irony that the ride spawns. The International Children`s Festival, Sat, Oct 19, 11am-6pm at Central Park, 38th & Lamar, promises a fun-filled, cultural celebration for the little ones, sponsored by our Austin Children's Museum (ACM), which means it will be groovy in that multi-culti way without all the cloying corporate new world order ick. Since it's ACM, expect world-class entertainment, storytimes, and hands-on activities and playworks -- all for only $4! 472-2499.


OctoberamaLamaDingDong

The fine folks of the Mathews Elementary PTA have sent out lovely hand-colored invitations (ours by student Maya Akin... Cool job, Maya, thanks!) to their "ultimate Austin experience" or Octoberama, as they call it, Sat, Oct 19, 11am-3pm at the school, 906 West Lynn. The fall fest features games, silent auction, music, international foods, and entertainment by the Melancholy Ramblers, Sean Phillips, Shannon Sedgewick, Herman Bennett & David Christy, The Taptations, Daniel Llanes, Kim Soo Karate, and more. 474-0904.


Discover Your Inner Child...

Another kool kid event is in the works: The Discovery Fair, Sat, Nov 16, 10am-6pm will be held at (and benefit) the Children's Discovery Center, 4112 Duval. They already have a sketch of their line-up of entertainers, activities, and food vendors, but are looking for more. So if any of you artist or musician or culinary types are interested in helping the local preschool out, please call. 458-1891.


...and Your Outer One

Helmet Law making you feel like a loyal, childlike subject of a benevolent dictatorship? ... one of the new traditionalists? Well, there's this swell flyer circulating our fair berg which sums it up so well. We reprint it here in its entirety for you: "Are we not kids? Coming [Sun,] Oct 20, Mandatory Helmet Fashion Show, 35th & Guadalupe at Ozone Bikes. Finally you get to vote! Prizes for most outrageous and disturbing. We are adults." 302-1164.


Blurring Imaginary Lines

Big, bad über deejay Jenn Garrison says that she has "always been disturbed by that imaginary line we seem to have musically drawn through downtown Austin. Yup... I-35." So the eager-beaver station manager of UT's student station KVRX is doing something about it and will be hosting the KVRX Shindig at the Victory Grill, Waller & 11th, Fri, Oct 18, 8pm, featuring the Golden Arm Trio, Glosso Babel, 90% Effective, and Brown Hornet. 474-4494.


Buck AIDS

Hey sassy range riders, if'n y'kin keep yr feet outta them stirrups long enough, y'kin scoot yr boots over to the Buckaroos & Cowgals Ball, Sat, Oct 26, 8pm-midnight at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Emcee Bama Brown from KVET and Don Walser'll be there with his Pure Texas Band and you can chew on some exotic barbecue (we're talking ostrich, antelope...). The evening is a fundraiser for the HIV Wellness Center and presentation ceremony of the 1996 Red Ribbon Awards which pay tribute to outstanding examples of champions in the fight against HIV and the caregivers of those living with it. Tickets for the buckaroo blowout are $60 per cowpoke and $110 for tandem riders. 467-0088 or 418-8708.


A Student's Best Friend

Money for school is as good as gold if you are struggling to pursue a higher education. The talent, the drive, the skill might be there, but when the bucks don't line up, you're looking at matriculation through the wrong end of the telescope. Austin's American Business Women's Association host Denim & Diamond, their annual auction/fundraiser Dollars for Scholars benefit, Sat, Oct 19, 7pm, at the Austin Country Club, 44080 Long Champ. Tickets are $25 for entertainment by Tom Allen's Music Machine, dancing, fajitas, and more. 343-1014 or 706-6378.


Don't Forget

The national goal is to raise $10 million to fight a disease which affects over four million Americans and to assist those affected. The local event is the 5K walk which is one of the many events happening across the country in conjunction with the 200 Alzheimer`s Association community chapters. Local chapters provide such services as professional seminars, support, and monthly orientation groups, and more. Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk, Sat, Oct 19, departs from the Lakeline Mall Food Court Entrance at 8am. 454-5476.


Listen; Be Heard

Here's a call-up: Austin's local coalition of people living with HIV needs officers or will cease to exist. The Voice began as a group in the spring of 1994 and has hosted forums devoted to issues of concern to the HIV community. The current secretary/treasurer Clifford Ueltschey is the last officer of the organization and wishes to inform the community of his intentions to close the organization on December 31, 1996. "It is possible that there is presently no need... for the Voice. But I feel uncomfortable closing... without letting people who might be interested to know that these possibilities exist." 320-7527.


You Go, Ghoul!

We're assuming that you know about tonight's (Thu, Oct 17, 6pm) Costume Creation Carnival at Top Drawer Thrift Shop (see column last week) to benefit Project Transitions. We're also assuming that you are scoping out all of the chilling Halloween events to show off that bloody get-up. Well, here's one to wake the dead: Waterloo Counseling Center throws its annual Halloween Costume Ball, Sat, Oct 26, 9pm-1am at the Radisson Hotel downtown. This is one of those "see & be seen" deals (and what better way than in cognito?!) This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the local counseling center which provides a variety of sliding-scale mental health care services to the gay community. 329-9922.


Sing the Ladies Electric!

The Lesbian Avengers don't just want your daughters, they want your cash! They want you to come to the Electric "Lady" Lounge, 302 Bowie, and have a gas with them, Girl Robots (9pm), Quatropaw (10pm), Horsies (11pm), 66 Shasta (12mid), and Stealin' Dirt (1am), to help "fund politicalness" (their words, not ours) Fri, Oct 18, 9pm. Why? Because they love you. 469-2915.

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