WALK It to `Em

AIDS has not taken us step-by-step. It is taking us life by precious life. Numbed by an almost generation's worth of impuissant governmental dodgeball, we've become a species resigned to fate's shitty blow. Oh, it's bigger than all of us, we say as we shrug our shoulders, swallow our fear, and turn away. Our culture reels in the face of this devastation. It can seem as though no one's keeping track, no one's daring to remember, no one has the energy to care. Some folks do fight back. Some assume a St. Terese-like diligence to the little tasks which soften this pox on our collective conscience. These modern saints are, of course, your humble AIDS services workers. They've taken a most Zen approach to solving the insurmountable... Step-by-step. Appreciate it? Then get out there and show it -- with your heart and with your wallet. Or better yet, join us.

Don't forget to bring your pledges (form available at any HEB) and your determination to the AIDS WALK '96, Sun, Oct 27 at Waterloo Park. The annual pledge walk raises needed funds for AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) and 18 other AIDS services organizations. Register at noon, with opening ceremonies at 2:30pm and the official send-off at 3pm. See you there? 452-WALK.

Sock It to `Em

Stop in at the LCRA (3701 Lake Austin), any Bank One, or Norwest Bank, and toss in a new pair of kids athletic-style socks to accompany the shoes which will be distributed to kids in need at Salvation Army's annual Shoe-In. Volunteers from last year's shoe drive noticed that many of the kids had no socks to go along with their new shoes, so they took it upon themselves to rectify. The Austin Business Volunteer Council will accept donations for Socks From Our Souls, through Wed, Oct 30. 479-5524.

Let's All Build Like the Birdies Build

Cheap, cheap-cheap-cheap cheap! Sorry, we just couldn't help ourselves: this item is just so tweet. The 1996 Green Birdhouse Design Competition is accepting entries of green, sustainably designed birdhouses. Green, in this case, means using bio-degradable, regenerative building materials, and principles of non-toxicity and sparing limited natural resources. Competition ends next week, Thu, Oct 31 and will be judged and awarded at the Green Building Conference Thu-Sat, Nov 7-9, at the Austin Convention Center. Call or send an e-mail for full guidelines for submission. dynamicrep@aol.com or 474-8842.

Gleaming, Waxen, Flaxen

They leave their little calling cards everywhere: all over your tub and sink, in your brush, and collecting in little dust balls all over the floor. There's no avoiding it: Where there's men, there's hair. And there will be Hair o' Plenty flowing in the Hairy Man Contest at the Hairy Man Festival, Sat, Oct 26, 1-7pm at Cat Hollow Park, off RR620, between I-35 & Hwy183. The wacky gathering celebrates the follicles of the Y-chromosome set while taking canned food donations for the Williamson County Area Food Banks. The contest will begin at 6pm "with a cut, stuff, and buff package to the winner." Funny, the Chron could have its own contest in this office alone! Right, boss? Uhh, boss...? 459-3442.

Bowling Balls & Flying Pizza

The daring young Stearman Squadron in their flying machines will be performing stunts and feats of aerial wonder in barnstorming biplanes Sat, Oct 26, 10am-5pm at the Executive Airport, 811 W. Howard. There will be plenty of Red Baron Pizza in this event to highlight a fundraiser for Special Olympics: For every Red Baron Pizza sold in October, Red Baron will donate 5cents to the special olympiads, who, by the way, will be competing in the Area 13 Bowling Tournament at Showplace Lanes, Sat, Oct 26 at 8am. 835-9873.

Pedalin' Tree Huggers!

Our local branch Sierra Club would like to invite you to join them and Pedalin' for the Planet the club's annual bike ride, Sat , Nov 2, in the Hill Country. Entry forms are available at area bike shops and the fee is $20 before Sat, Oct 26 or $25 after. Routes ranging from 20 to 100 miles are available. Launching point is Leander High, near Hwy183 & FM1431. 477-0776.

Happy HIPPY Shake

The National Council of Jewish Women and Communities in Schools are holding a groovy concert this weekend and want to encourage parents to become hippies. No, wait... that's not what it says... They would like parents of tots to become involved with the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). HIPPY gives parents the confidence and knowledge to be their children's first educators and attempts to level the playing field for kids entering into kindergarten. This weekend's Kidz Concert at Liberty Lunch, Sun, Oct 27, 2:30-5:30pm, features the Chron's 1996 "Best of Austin Reader's Poll" best children's entertainer Joe McDermott (Yes, Joe, just like the best tortilla chip!), Los Pinkys, John Emery, the Ben Hur Shrine Drum & Bugle Corps (will they be arriving on chariot?), and Santa-stic storyteller Carl Anderson. 345-9629.


Last spring, Foundation for a Compassionate Society held the forum Feminist Family Values, featuring Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem. Folks are still talking about the event, which reported on the state of modern feminism. The foundation brings four more speakers linked by the theme Feminism & Fundamentalism, Sat, Oct 26, 7pm. The forum features Mahnaz Afkhami, Minister of State for Women's Affairs in Iran until the position was eliminated by the Islamic Revolution; Yvonne Deutsch, graduate of Hebrew University and human rights supporter for Palestinians in Israel; Marta Benavides, Baptist minister working to sustain the rural population in El Salvador; and Robin Morgan, founder and author of Sisterhood is Powerful. The main event is preceded by a forum of Texas activists, including Cecile Richards of the Texas Freedom Network and Graciela Sanchez of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio. The evening event is $5. Free childcare is available to those who call ahead to register. 447-6222.

Happy Birthday to Me!

One year ago this issue, "Public Notice" changed guard, swapped tiaras, and the present hierarchy took its place. It's been a pleasure working with you public-service types and hearing feedback from you readers who utilize this calendar to determine part of your social schedules. Please keep fighting the good fight; and keep those cards and letters comin'. (See below.)

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