Public Notice

Possessing the Secret

Here's our advice (especially if you are reading this on the Web): Go right now and check out Alice Walker's letter to President Clinton ( In it, she respectfully declines an invitation to the White House, regretting not being able to personally protest his signing of the embargo against Cuba, and making her points perfectly clear. It is a fine example of Walker's sharp, direct, yet deliciously sweet prose, and we bet indicative of the tone of her new book Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism. Alice Walker will appear Fri, May 2, 6:45pm at the King Seabrook Chapel of Huston-Tillotson College for a Booksigning & Reading to benefit OutYouth, John Henry Reading Express, and Women's Access to Electronic Resources (WATER).
472-2785 or 472-5657.

Swingin' at the Victory Grill

...or is that the Cotton Club? It'll be a close call at the Jazz Celebration, Fri, May 2, 5-8pm, benefiting CEACO's food pantry and youth programs. The celebration features Pamela Hart, Martin Banks, Boyd Vance, and the ACC Jazz Ensemble, plus an hors d'oeuvre buffet catered by Chef Chester Campbell. 472-5575.

Crank That Week!

Wheatsville Co-op kicks off Bicycle Austin! Week this year with a Bike Fair & Swap Meet, Sat, May 3, 1-5pm. In addition to local shops airing their wares, the meet is open to the public, so if you have a bike, bike parts, accessories, etc., that you wish to trade, bring it on down. The folks from Bikes Not Bombs and the Yellow Bike Project will be there, too. 478-2667.

Geared to bring out the biker in every car-bound body, Bicycle Austin! Week, Sat-Sat, May 3-10, is also a great opportunity for you veteran cyclists to enjoy some added perks for what you already do anyway. In addition to the many, many events all over town, area businesses will be offering free and discounted deals (breakfast, coffee, books, ice cream, etc.) for folks pulling up on pedal-powered wheels. Cyclists and bikes ride Capital Metro buses free all week as well. Schedules of events are available at Wheatsville, among other locations. 442-5684 or 505-5606.

Relay a Message

If you can't walk or run for the American Cancer Society, you can still sponser a walker or runner or purchase a Luminaria Candle to light the path of the wild, 24-hour Relay for Life, Fri-Sat, May 2-3, at John B. Connally High School. Also, The American Society will be having a Free Skin Cancer Screening, Sat, May 3 at Brackenridge Hospital and at Seton Northwest. 928-1144.

Ye Olde Daze

Be ye wench or be ye knave, the Canterbury Feast will stuff you and the coffers of Ye Wilde Basin Wilderness Preserve, Fri & Sat, May 2 & 3, 6pm. Tickets are available in the range of $30-500. Modern utensils not included. 327-7622.

Take the Fifth!

We had a blast at last year's Cinco de Mayo Octofiesta: won some Loteria, drunk ourselves into a stupor, ate some tacos, entered the tortilla-painting contest (and lost), and stumbled (on foot) home. It's a great deal: $15 (at the door; $12, advance) gets you margaritas, beer, food and a chance at a 19" color TV, plus, it raises cash for the Paul Kirby Fund (ASA) and the Roosevelt Gardens Renovation Fund (Project Transitions). This year again, we are proud to say, it's here next to the Chronicle compound, 4000 N. I-35, Sat, May 3, 5-10pm. 928-2866.

Stigmata Not Included

The Cinco de Mayo Enchilada Dinner, Sat, May 3, 4:30-7:30pm at 1200 Willow, will benefit the low-cost dental services, the English as a Second Language classes, and Citizenship classes of Manos de Cristo, a non-profit group which also provides food and clothing for those in need. 477-7454.

May We?

Load up on Mother's Day goodies and gifties while you download some tacos and baked goodies at Mayfest, Sun, May 4, 11am-3pm at the St. Ignatius Martyr Church Family Center, 126 W. Oltorf. The Catholic Daughters are sponsoring a silent auction, crafts booths, door prizes, and a special children's store for Mom's Day presents to benefit Faith Home. 448-2946 or 288-2877.

Mother Love

Faith Home for babies with AIDS will also benefit from the proceeds of this year's Mother Earth's Day Festival, Sun, May 4, 2-11pm at Liberty Lunch. Sunflower, Billy White, Breedlove, Alejandro Escovedo, Kacy Crowley, Johnny Tequila, and Tiffany & the Gospel Motions perform as you chow on great grub from Sam's, Evita's, and the Old School Kitchen. 450-9037.

Poodle or Mini?

Hike 'em up or sling 'em low, Club Skirt is back, Sun, May 4, 1-5pm, at Zilker Clubhouse. Considering this town's pitiful lack of a lesbian watering hole (don't even...), the Skirt is a good thing. Over 250 women attended the April event -- a social party by and for women -- and raised over $3,000. The $10 admission includes booze, non-booze, and buffet. Cornerstone Gay & Lesbian Center is the beneficiary this time. The Texas Triangle recently reported that energetic Director Kathy Taylor was leaving due to expenditures. So go and support this. Help put the Cornerstone back in its rightful place in Austin's foundation. 708-1515.

Campbell's Soup Dress?

The food will be canned but not the clothing styles at the Vintage Fashion Show, Tue, May 6 at Ruta Maya Coffee House. Tamarind Vintage will supply the fashions and models, you supply the canned food for AIDS Services of Austin, and everybody is sure to haute couture themselves into a fashion frenzy. The Merchants of Venus will be there to make you suave. 469-5852.

Roommate Search

The kids at Intercooperative Council (ICC) are celebrating 60 years of affordable living in Austin. They are searching for thousands of members who have called any of the many ICC flats "home" since 1937. The Reunion Party will be Sat, Oct 11, this year. If you are an old ICCer, call them or send them your name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address: ICC, 510 W. 23rd, Austin, TX 78705. or 476-1957 or fax 476-4789.

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