6-10pm at Sixth & Trinity. Local hero and two-time Tour DuPont winner, Tour de France stage winner, and Olympian Lance Armstrong returns to racing in this screaming 56K circuit race through downtown Austin's entertainment district. Back in September of 1996, Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer and was told the unthinkable -- that he had only six weeks to live. After taking off from competitive cycling for a year of healing and recovery, he's back on the saddle, despite the incredible odds stacked against him. Even if you have no intention of getting on two wheels and entering one of the five different competition levels to the criterium, come out to cheer Lance and the many other cyclists entered in the race. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation to raise cancer awareness. 800/496-4402.
Run, Tex! Run!
What's an ultramarathon? Well, it's no walk around the block. Nope. It's a grueling 50K running event around the 4.3 mile course which circles Town Lake, Sat, Jun 6, 6am (limited to the first 100 entrants). This über-run is part of a runners Triple Crown taking place next weekend all to benefit Easter Seals (which just recently opened its new Round Rock office at 555 Round Rock West Dr.). It all starts with the 24-Hour Relay, with 20-person teams, Fri, Jun 5, 7pm at St. Ed's University. Then comes the Run-Tex Ultramarathon at Town Lake, and finally, the Danskin Triathlon, Sun, Jun 7 on Lake Travis (which will also benefit the Susan B. Komen Foundation).Phew! We're tired and our ass is still glued to the seat, stuck in front of this computer. 478-2581.
What the World Needs
We dig receiving our regular newsletter from Texas Alliance for Human Needs. This issue (April, 1998, Vol. XIII, No. 2) features an in-depth look at "Fringe Banking," or basically how the "haves" bank at banks and the "have-nots" get rooked in the pawn/check-cashing machine. Interesting stuff. Become a member? 474-5019
A Home of Your Own
The NAACP will offer a free Workshop for Prospective Home Buyers at their Community Development Resource Center, 2209 Rosewood, #212. The workshop will address how to overcome credit problems, down payments/closing costs, and mortgages. It's free but seating is limited. 477-5541.
Head for the Queue
There's always a queue when it comes to good Texas barbecue. Two upcoming events feature some of the yummiest.
* ASA's Women Rising Project, a program by and for women living with HIV, will host and benefit from the Stubb's Bar-B-Q Music Bash, Sun, May 17, 3pm at the venerable venue and slab shack on Red River. Nancy Scott, Ginger Leigh, Bent Timber w/ Lara Linette, and Lee Ann Byrum will help you wash down those ribs. 406-6402.
* We probably needn't remind you to head over to Ben's Longbranch BBQ, I-35 & E. 11th, to order Barbecue Plate Tickets for the Austin Minority Health Network's Byron Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year, three scholarships will be awarded, and you can help yourself to some goood Q and help a good cause. The tix are good anytime during Juneteenth Week, Mon-Sat, June 15-20. 474-5019.
Keep on Splashin'
Check this space next week for full Pride '98 details. But in the meanwhile, First Splash Weekend never ends at the Benefit at the Forum, Mon, May 25, 10pm for ASA's Prevention Department. 458-2437.