Public Notice

Resolution No. 10

What standards are utilized to determine the "Public Notice" Top Ten? Weeeeelllllllll... None, really. It's all fairly random, actually. Maybe we thought a benefit concept was stellar. Perhaps some spark of genius inherent in the event inspired us to write silly things. Or maybe we just really dug the headline... We tried to give a fair cross-section of Austin Public Service 1996 here; so if you are missing from this list -- nothing personal. These are just 10 things we really liked.

We went ahead and included the phone numbers for these groups and printed the approximate time of year for the event. Feel free to call to see what they are up to this month.


1. Bambi, the Buck Stops Here

Last January, Hunters for the Hungry encouraged hunters to call the hotline for referrals to local processors who participate in programs to feed the less fortunate. Part of the End Hunger Network, the five-year-old, fresh meat distribution program has sent out over 250,000 lbs. of venison to agencies across the state. So, if you hadn't earmarked all that fresh flesh for venison chili, or venison stew, or venison cupcakes for a Super Bowl party, then we hope you called. Hunters for the Hungry: 800/992-9767. End Hunger Network: 713/963-0099.


2. The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Hairdo

Almost two years into the game, the Texas Freedom Network (TFN) is still doing its darndest to counter the extreme agenda of the "religious" right. Actually a consortium of various statewide organizations, the Network is spearheaded by Cecile Richards, who has spent the greater part of her professional life as a dedicated labor organizer. Unnerved by the success of fear-baiting tactics used by conservative political extremists, Richards could no longer ignore evidence that these tactics were not symptoms of isolated cases but part of a larger, frightening outbreak. A watchdog group of sorts, TFN acts as a statewide clearinghouse, monitoring and documenting the activities of extremist groups. Although their statewide conference sold out, TFN celebrated its First Birthday Bash, last February, with a very special guest, former Texas governor Ann Richards (Maybe you've heard of her? She's Cecile Richards' mom...). 322-0545.


3. Waiting to Inhale Breakfast

Six East Austin women called "Five," Future Investors with Visions to Empower (FIVE), hosted a Waiting to Exhale Breakfast, last February. Admission was a breakfast dish that served several folks. 929-3429 or 480-8076.


4. Compassion's No Ordinary Word

Just in time for Mother's Day, Foundation for a Compassionate Society hosted the superb Feminism in These Times last May. The main public forum, Feminist Family Values, hosted dynamo guest speakers Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, María Jiménez of the National Committee for Democracy in Mexico, and Mililani Trask, Native Hawaiian land-rights leader and board member of the Indigenous Women's Network in an unforgettable evening of some of the most acute wisdom this side of an owl. Earlier in the day, a panel comprised of local women and girls addressed Challenges of Today's Feminists. The Foundation offers a video tape and a book of the proceedings. 473-8899; fax: 472-1043.


5. Poolwatch

The neighbors of Shipe Pool decided to do something about the ridiculously early scheduled closing date of their cool, summer respite spot. So, instead of just flagging and bitching in the heat, they hosted the first-ever Hyde Park Splash Benefit to raise cash to pay for lifeguard services themselves. Some serious contenders in the dunking booth, like Councildude Daryl Slusher and Chronicle Publisher Nick Barbaro were not really all wet, and by the end of the festivities, raised enough to stay open through Labor Day. Perhaps this industrious neighborhood will inspire other communities to do the same. 459-5411.


6. Here Come the Brides

The Lesbian Avengers were righteously pissed about the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" passed by the U.S. House of so-called Representatives last summer. You were invited to meet 'em for a procession to the Mock Wedding at the governor's mansion (well, outside of it, actually...) We hope you brought a date, got mock-married, smooched your significant other, and savored a mock honeymoon, to boot! 458-2377.


7. You Go, Ghoul!

Waterloo Counseling Center woke the dead at its annual Halloween Costume Ball, one of those "see & be seen" deals (and what better way than in cognito?!), the biggest fundraiser of the year for the local counseling center. What a great place to show off your original outfit, designed at Project Transitions' Costume Creation Carnival at Top Drawer Thrift Shop. 329-9922.


8. Gleaming, Waxen, Flaxen

Where there're men, there's hair. And there was Hair o' Plenty flowing in the Hairy Man Contest at last October's Hairy Man Festival. The wacky gathering celebrated the follicles of the Y-chromosome set while taking canned food donations for the Williamson County Area Food Banks. The contest included "a cut, stuff, and buff package to the winner." 459-3442.


9. Hey! I'm Using That Thing!

The Research, Action & Information Network for Bodily Integrity of Women (RAINBO) threw a party last fall at the Manor Road Coffeehouse to benefit RAINBO, which opposes Female Genital Mutilation. The hosts of the party promised no "depressing lectures or sensationalist slide shows -- only a festive party with informational literature available." 474-2505.


10. Gabba Gabba Ho!

The cream of Austin's Gabba Gabba scene (Wannabes, Sixteen Deluxe, Tallboy, Hormones, Handful, El Kabong, Spot, and Miss Xanna Don't) all pogoed what was left of their brains out this past December for a good cause. This Ramones Hoot Night benefited the Blue Santa Project, punk. 477-5599.


Resolved!

For 1997, we promise to:

1. Check and answer our e-mail and voice mail more often.

2. Make it damn clear that we are just silly and light-hearted and have a nervous sense of humor and don't really intend to offend anyone or seemingly trivialize your earnest efforts.

3. Eat more veggies.

4. Go to more of your fabulous events when invited and sent free tickets.

5. Relax more and work less.

Yeah, right. Good luck with yours, too!


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