The Austin Chronicle

Public Notice

By Kate X Messer, December 5, 1997, Columns

Blue Lights Anonymous

Oh! The shopping outside is frightful. Is there a way to make it delightful? Sure. Many of our friendly neighborhood public service organizations are offering deals, trinkets, gifties, subscriptions, etc., all to fill the bill of your holiday gift-giving needs. And to keep those bills reasonable and dedicated to supporting good causes, check out these holiday offers:


* The Humane Society SPCA of Austin announces the release of their new 13-song benefit compilation CD Love Is a Four-Legged Word, featuring the stylings of homies Don Walser, Sarah Hickman, Mr. Fabulous & Casino Royale, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Tish Hinojosa, and more. It's available at Waterloo Records, Blockbuster Music, Borders, Encore, and at the Humane Society's Furry Friends Gift Boutique at 124 W. Anderson. Also at the gift shop is the society's new 1998 Desk Calendar Animal Attraction. The book has a music theme and features pix of local faves and their pets. 837-7985, ext. 226.

* Wanna watch your little duffer's eyes light up when she or he opens the perfect golf gift this side of plaid pants? Score a hole in one with your golf geek this holiday with a gift of The Texas Golf Pass. The pass provides free green fees and more at 255 golf courses across Texas. The American Cancer Society benefits from the sales of this year-long pass. 928-2262.

* Buy discounted tix to the new play, Blues in the Night, featuring Dream Girls gal Jacqui Cross, opening January 15 at Zachary Scott. The specially priced tickets are offered to benefit Family Eldercare. 450-0844.

* Relative to the elephant and often called "sea cow," the manatee is a gorgeous flubbery creature which resides in shallow waters, mostly in Florida. Their habitat is also the habitat of nuts with dangerous jet skis and prop boats causing mucho trouble for the poor big lugs. For the holidays, consider taking part in Save the Manatee's Adopt-a-Manatee program. You don't have to house, feed, or clean-up after the huge non-fish, but for $20, you can give some animal loving pal a certificate, photo, and biography of the new addition. Where else can you get something 10 feet long and 1,000 pounds for just $20? 800/432-JOIN.

* Chilly today? Get some hot Tamales from Manos de Christo, a nonprofit offering dental services, citizenship classes, and more to the needy. A mere $6 gets you a dozen tamales to share or give for the holidays. Place your orders for chicken, pork, bean, and/or jalapeƱo tamales by Wed, Dec 10. 477-7454.


* Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is selling cards for the holidays. The cards are designed by CASA kids, and proceeds benefit the programs of CASA. Call for prices and selection. 459-2272.

* A card given through AIDS Services of Austin will announce a donation given in the name of your recipient to the local AIDS care group. The suggested gift per card is $15. If your list is long, you may wish to call soon. 406-6114.


* The kids who attend Dougherty Arts School have worked all year on the one-of-a-kind items for sale at the Student Art & Pottery Holiday Sale, at Dougherty Arts, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., Sat, Dec 13, 10am-4pm. 397-1458.

* The Colores del Pueblo Latin American Crafts Sale will benefit the American Friends Service Committee, Sat, Dec 13, 9am-7pm at the Friends Meeting House, 3014 Washington Square. Colores... is a fair trade group organized by the now-defunct Pueblo to People, which, when it was around, supported cooperatives in nine Latin American countries. 474-2399.

* This weekend, Sat-Sun, Dec 6-7, 10am-dusk, is the 14th annual Wheatsville Arts Festival! Our happy food co-op hosts the arts fest -- annually, one of the first of the season -- to bring together cool music, local handicrafts, and a fun family shopping atmosphere. 478-2667.

The Big Shindigs

* This year's Holiday Swing hosted by Project Transitions features the sounds of Swing Time and guests the Studebakers, Das Kabarett, and Joe York. One of two big ticket benefits ($30 in advance at Top Drawer Thrift Store or $35 at the door) per year for PT, the Swing is this Sat, Dec 6, 8pm-12:30am at the Ben Hur Shrine Ballroom, 4300 Westbank. Chariot optional? 454-8646.

* Helping Hands for Life, Inc. and Austin Friends for Life (home of the Meltdown and RIP'D parties) host the Red & Green Party, Sat, Dec 13, at Tips Warehouse, Second & Colorado. Twenty big'uns gets you admission, open bar, and the spins of NYC DJ Julian Marsh. 478-1210.

Proud to Sit & Watch

The Our Community Film Series continues as Cornerstone, 1117 Red River, hosts Tuesday night viewings of popular titles: Stonewall, Dec 16; Desert Hearts, Jan 6; and It's My Party, Jan 20. Each screening is at 7pm and is followed by a reception. 708-1515.

It's Their Party

It's a house Party, really... Volunteers of Tecnica wants you to boogie with Con Rumba Son to benefit an elementary school in Managua, Nicaragua. The party is at 4205 Ave F, Fri, Dec 5, 5-10pm. For one little buck you get in; for five more, you get homecooked Nicaraguan grub. Yum! 419-7260.

And If You Like the Food...

...Send them a bike! Here are the latest Bikes Not Bombs Benefits (You know about them, right? They send bikes down to Nicaragua.): Sun, Dec 14, a show at Flamingo Cantina featuring Tunji, East Babylon Symphony, Roots-N-Wisdom, and more; Wed, Dec 17, a show at Manor Road Coffee House featuring Big Game Hunters, Inkululeko, Stazja, Gaijin, plus more; and Fri, Dec 19, a show at Ruta Maya Coffee House featuring Karison, Rodney Garza, Roots-N-Wisdom, and the ever-popular "more." 926-4725.


Jennifer Harbury's Everardo Foundation will benefit from her Appearance/Booksigning at BookWoman, 12th & Lamar, Sat, Dec 6, 7pm. Foundation for a Compassionate Society hosts. If you don't know the story already (then, dammit, you probably don't read this column... *sniff* sorry, how unprofessional....), Harbury is the widow of a high-level Mayan resistance leader who was captured, tortured, and assassinated by the U.S. -backed Guatemalan army. Her book Searching for Everardo is a tough read, not because it is too graphic or political... but more for its nuanced prose which refuses to give up on love. Just heartbreaking. Read it. 447-6222.

Wish You Were Here... Really

* The Red Cross asks that you Send a Holiday Care Kit to a service member in Bosnia or Hungary. Include items like: small holiday decorations and greeting cards; hard candy and gum; dry drink mixes; games like playing cards, dominoes, etc.; writing paper and pens; and personal items like lip balm, soap, etc. For Bosnia, mail to: American Red Cross, Station Manager, For Bosnia, HQ1AD G1 (Tuzla Main), Operation Joint Guard, APO AE 09789. For Hungary, mail to: American Red Cross, Station Manager, For Hungary, National Support Element Taszar, Operation Joint Guard, APO AE 09793. 800/928-4271.

* Amnesty International asks you to Send Greeting Cards to those who have suffered human rights violations. Stop by Wheatsville this weekend, Sat-Sun, Dec 6-7, 10am-5pm. Just come by and write a message of hope. 371-3253.

Glad Tidings

Don't become so overwhelmed by these next two weeks of holiday preparation that you forget to take the time to enjoy the season's bounty:

* Austin Civic Orchestra & Austin Children's Choir present a Benefit Concert for Salvation Army, Sat, Dec 13, 7pm at Westlake High. Bring a canned food donation and enjoy holiday faves. 926-8596.

* Stroll through Hancock Rec Center's annual Holiday Luminaria Candle Trail, at 41st & Red River, Sat-Sun, Dec 12-13, dusk-9pm. Santa arrives at 7pm, along with entertainment and refreshments. 453-7765.

Next two weeks: Holiday Wish Lists.
Happy Giving!

In the next two installments of "Public Notice," area public service groups present their HOLIDAY WISH LISTS. They need computers, toys, clothing, $$$... But most of all, they need YOU.

"Public Notice," December 12 & 19.

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