Public Notice

Keys, Please

Well, it's comin' up on Labor Day and you know what that means: Lots of watermelon, lots of weenies in buns, and lots of weenies on the road, drunker than skunks. And that means the return of the Safe Ride Home program and those valiantly relentless Jody Denberg TV commercials imploring you not to drive drunk. (There're reasons why we work in print and not on TV, and why some people work in radio and not on TV, and TV is a good place to see what those reasons might be....) Does Jody actually come out and pick you up himself? We have often wondered this as we toddled out the bar having one or 12 too many. This year, we'll give him a call and find out. The times for rides are 7pm-3am beginning Fri, Aug 29 and lasting until Tue, Sep 2. Please do call. 434-7788.


The Rummagers

Hey, Nonprofits! Wheatsville's Annual Rummage Sale is coming up, Sat, Oct 4. Individuals or groups may Sponsor Booths in the event for $20. Get members of your organization to donate goods, staff the booths, sell the goods, and make some bucks. In the past, KOOP Radio, TARAL, and ASA have rented the 10'x10' booths and cleaned up -- and you can, too. 478-2667.


New Las Vegans

Top of the Marc presents La Cage Follies!, a Vegas-style revue. In true Sin City fashion, the cheeziest of the cheese take the runway: Cher, Dolly, Bette, Diana Ross, and many others. It's Drag City, baby. All proceeds (from door cover and additional donations you toss in) go to AIDS Services of Austin. 472-9849.

Speaking of ASA, their benefit Red Ribbon Dinner at Bertram's is Mon, Sep 8, 7pm. The elegant event is one of many fall ASA fundraisers. 406-6175.


Homeward Ho

If you are looking to put down roots, but not too deep (In other words, if you'll consider a mobile home... oops! We mean trailer... oops! We mean manufactured home...), check out this deal from the Texas Department of Housing and Homeward Bound. You might be eligible for up to $5,000 worth of homebuyers assistance. To find out, attend the free Manufactured Housing Seminar, either Sat, Aug 30 or Wed, Sep 10. Call for location. 707-7553.


It's Fun to Play at the...

...whyyyyyyY! eM! Cee-Ay! Sorry. We lapse into that everytime we talk about the venerable recreaction organization. It just feels so right. And it is. And it's just the right time for Fall Program registration. The YMCA is offering tons of cool programs for you and the kids. And you don't even have to dress like a cop, construction worker, cowboy, warm leatherboy, or Indian chief. North Park, 973-9622; Southwest, 891-9622, or Town Lake, 476-6705.

Also, the "Y" announces that weekend Retreat Dates are available now through May, 1998 for reservations at Camp Cullen, in Trinity; Camp Pine Tree, in Spring; and Hamman Ranch, in Bandera. Call to sign your group up to get away from it all. Each camp has activities like swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, etc. Trinity, 713/659-2733 or 409/594-2274; Spring, 281/353-6229; Bandera, 800/531-5694.


Walk, Run, Stroll, Roll

...but whatever you do, at least plan to go to this year's AIDS Walk Austin, slated for Sun, Oct 19. Everyone will be there. Now's the time to organize your crew, your homeys, your posse, your corporate team. The yearly event is one of the largest fundraisers for AIDS Services of Austin. 406-6156.


Healing Powers of the Net

Nine nationwide test sites are trying out a new Web page designed to connect kids and teens with disabilities. Our own United Cerebral Palsy of Texas, here in the Silicon-Hill Country has been chosen as one of the nine. The Web page is called Convomania and explores telecommunication's and computers' potential for assisting in comforting kids whose lives are altered by long-term illness or periods of hospital convalescences.

Kids can log on and get involved with other kids from across the country via chats, online games, activities, and art projects. http://www.mania.apple.com or 472-8696.


Send It In

Again, if your community organization is having any specific Calls for Volunteers, now is the time to send them in to "Public Notice." See below for info.


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