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Star Party We used to be in a rock band. And we say rock, we mean "R-A-W-K," baby. Yup, those were the days... the free booze, the chicks, the camaraderie, the musical synergy, the chicks, the overflowing appreciation from fans, the chicks, the terrific payday at the end of the night from generous clubowners... Bwah Hah Ha Ha HA HA HA! Yeah, right. Actually, we never knew how valuable we were because what popularity we had was owed to the dozens of charity shows we played across town. Sure it sounds like no fun to play your guts out for free, but to be honest, our most loyal and enthusiastic fans who turned out to support our other endeavors came from the public service community and audiences from our many fundraising shows. So, it is with a nostalgic wistfulness that we heartily endorse this and any other call for musicians to help. The Trudy's 20th Anniversary Music Fest & Street Party seeks bands to play Sun, Oct 12 at the Austin Music Hall. The event is the Texas Star's gift to Austin (mmmmm, do sautéed mushrooms come with that?) and all profits will benefit AIDS Services of Austin and the Center for Battered Women. Send your demos, CDs, press kits, and sparkly attitudes to any of Trudy's locations: 409 W. 30th; Burnet & 183; 360 & S. Lamar. Deadline for applications is Sat, Aug 30. 476-2548. Who Loves Ya Baby? We're not sure if he's the real Herbie, but the "Love Bug" will be the object of desire at this summer's Center for Battered Women Raffle Fundraiser. In honor of the "groovy" period when CBW opened in 1978, the center celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the giveaway of a restored '78 VW Bug. You, too, can tool around town just like a Mexico City cabbie! Other prizes include two round-trip tickets anywhere American Airlines flies, a shopping spree at Highland Mall, and a stay at the Renaissance Hotel. The Bug will be on display at the following ticket sales locations: Sat-Sun, Aug 2-3 at Sam's Wholesale, Capitol of Texas Hwy & 360; Aug 9-10 at the Arboretum, near Amy's Ice Cream; Aug 16-17 at Wal-Mart, 183 & Oak Knoll; and Aug 23-24, at Book People, Sixth & Lamar. 385-5181. I Am Curious. Bike. The last benefit for the Yellow Bike Project was rescheduled for next Sat, Aug 9, 6:30-10pm at EcoWise, 1714-A S. Congress. There will be bluegrass and Cajun bands and plenty of grub and grog. Pedal on over. 916-3553. Labor Day of Love Area hotels and businesses are sponsoring Twist'n Night for Twister Victims, featuring Bill Haley's Comets, Thu, Aug 7, 7-11pm at the Austin North Hotel & Towers, 6000 Middle Fiskville. Pedernales Valley Disaster Recovery (PVDR) will benefit from the $25 tickets, which include entry, $5,000 in gambling chips (did we mention the casino?), hors d'ouevres, and a raffle ticket. Then, on Labor Day weekend, Sat-Sun, Aug 30-31, the PVDR invites you to the Labor Day Clean-up in the disaster-stricken area. 451-0595 or 264-0825. Out and Safe The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Teachers Network (GLSTN) is promoting an ambitious and courageous Back to School Campaign. They are encouraging gay adults to write letters to their former schools to educate teachers and others on what homophobia does to young people. Bigotry in schools is wrong. The organization has all sorts of support material and info. Call them. 323-2329.

Out Youth announces its Expanded Hotline Hours. They plan to open the line two hours earlier at 3:30pm each day, to accommodate the East Coast time difference. There will be three volunteer training sessions at Cornerstone, 12th & Red River, Sat, Aug 2, 10am-4pm, Mon, Aug 4 & Thu, Aug 7, 6-9pm. 708-1234. Want Some $$? Hey, Public Service Organizations: Now's the time to submit applications to the Junior League for both annual Project Proposals and Scholarship Fund Grants. Call the League for guidelines and deadlines. 467-8982, ext. 203. Hightower World HQ Hightower Radio is broadcast from Austin, Texas, but there's no place in Austin, Texas to hear the popular populist commentator. Some local businesses are getting together to develop a Sponsorship Proposal to present to local radio outlets considering carrying the show. Interested? Call. 322-0688 or 477-5588.


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