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Cellphones & Goatees
Normally (when we're not being invaded by the above), "Public Notice" covers the PSA beat. So, in the spirit of public interest, here are some handy numbers for your convenience:
Emergency Medical Services: 911
Correct Time & Temperature: 973-3555
Weather Forecast: 476-7744, 451-2424
Austin Tourist Info: 478-0098, 463-8586
Capital Metro Buses: 474-1200
Roy's Taxi: 482-0000
American Yellow Checker Cab: 452-9999
To Locate Cars Towed by Police: 356-4249
People's Community Clinic: 478-8924
Sexual Assault Hotline: 440-7273
Sex Addicts Anonymous: 440-1494
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Info: 349-6600
Legal Aid of Central Texas: 476-7244
U.S. Probation, Parole Office: 916-5761
U.S. Secret Service: 916-5103
AAA (maps for the way home...): 444-4757
They May Be Slackers... But They're Our Slackers
Austin is a town as dedicated to public service as it is to maintaining its standing as "Live Music Capital of the World." It only stands to reason that the public service and entertainment communities intersect. We take pride in taking care of our own. So after you hotshot A&R-types get back to the coast after signing all those bands, send these good folks some dough. Or if you are an Austin band or artist, here are some resources you might need after your big advance dries up and those A&R-types no longer take your calls.
* Artists` Accounting & Legal Assistance (AALA) exists to provide up to 10 hours of pro bono accounting and legal services to artists for arts-related matters. They help demystify the twisted maze of legalese, assisting in things like contract negotiation, copyright, accounting, tax laws, and more. The organization also sponsors a number of seminars open to the public. PO Box 2577, 78768. 407-8980.
* SIMS Foundation was formed in memory of local musician Sims Ellison, who committed suicide with a shotgun in June of '95, two weeks after his band Pariah officially was dropped from Geffen Records. Like many musicians, Sims felt he was on his own to deal with stress, depression, and an unfulfilled creative drive. Is it really better to burn out, than to fade away? Where does one turn for help? The foundation responds to the needs of musicians and artists in trouble and assists in providing mental health care at affordable costs. PO Box 1622, 78767-1622. http://www.sims-foundation.org or 494-1007.
* Austin Free-Net is a cooperative effort involving Austin educational, civic, and corporate entities that provides community computing resources and on-line access for the benefit of citizens of the Austin area. 1711 S. Congress, 78704. firstname.lastname@example.org or 326-9084.
* Women's Access To Electronic Resources (WATER) says it all in their name. In this case, "electronic" means film, video, sound recording, and multimedia. 709 W. Johanna, 78704. 444-1672.
* American Institute for Learning (AIL) gives drop-outs and at-risk students hands-on experience and job training in multimedia, business, and/or construction. 204 E. Fourth, 78701. http://www.ail.org or 472-3395.