Cans & Barrels of Love
This week there are two fabulous ways to help your brother man and your sister woman by cleaning out your cupboards. Dig out those cans of beets or all that surplus creamed corn since grandpa got his teeth fixed and doesn't gum his food anymore. Better yet, do something really cool: Add a cart full of desirable non-perishables to this week's groceries and donate them at one of two (or both) of these popular annual events.
- AIDS Services of Austin's Helping Hands Food Pantry will receive all of the booty dropped off over the entire course of the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, which begins its run this Fri, Aug 28 and flickers through Thu, Sep 10 at the Dobie Theatre (see related feature in the Film section, pg. 46). 406-6153.
- Admission is always free at our annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, Sun, Aug 30, noon-5pm at Waterloo Park. Capital Area Food Bank will have barrels at the annual salsa orgy to reap the bounty of your hot time, so bring along canned or boxed food items to donate. 454-5766.
The Liquid Dew of Youth
Then weigh what loss your honor may sustain
If with too credent ear you list his songs,
Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open
To his unmastered importunity.
Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister,
And keep you in the rear of your affection,
Out of the shot and danger of desire.
Don't think for one midsummer night's second that the parents who conceived and gave birth to The Ophelia Project were oblivious to the implications of naming their baby after Hamlet's object of obsession. The project's free weekly Speakers Series is to help adolescent girls' parents (who, at the first scent of "boy," often whip out ye olde rapier like Oph's overprotective bro Laertes) cope sensibly with the sludge of youth. Experts will be featured each week covering such teen hot spots as body image, sex, sports, parties, nutrition, etc. The sessions are at different AISD campuses and fall on different days each week but are always presented at 7pm. The first sessions go like this: Mon, Aug 31, Supporting Your Daughter's Healthy Sense of Self, at Hill Country Middle; Wed, Sep 9, Helping Our Daughters Develop Healthy Coping Skills, at Murchison Middle; and Mon, Sep 14, Building and Maintaining Girls' Self-Esteem, at Lamar Middle. All sessions are free and students are welcome to attend. 476-3988.
Hot Rockin' Mamas
Stay tuned to "Public Notice" for upcoming info about the new Mother Rock Star Network, started by women and moms in the music industry as another way for artists to help artists. The network aims to connect folks with different talents/disciplines in the industry. Especially babes. email@example.com or 336-1971.
No Shotguns Allowed
Hey! This is a respectable affair, not one of those last-minute Las Vegas chapel deals. Here Comes the Bride `98 is a pair of bridal fashion shows coupled with exhibits, door prizes, and info on local wedding services. Kind of a Cohabital Confab, if you will, presented by and benefiting Austin Metropolitan Ministries, our friends behind such public services as Hands on Housing, Community Mentoring, Crop Walk for Hunger, the Homeless Coalition, and Southeast Austin Caregivers. The something-old-new-borrowed-and-blue event takes place this Sun, Aug 30, 12:30-4:30pm in the Phoenix Ballroom of the Doubletree, 6505 N. I-35. At the show's closing, there will be a drawing for a honeymoon trip to Cancun (hope we don't have to show a marriage license!). 472-7627.
Blow Out Your Flip-Flop!
For those of us who grew up in the Sunshine State (that's Florida to you off-of-the-peninsula Third Coasters), news of a Jimmy Buffet fan presence in Texas is quite chilling. It's not that we hate the parrot-headed Margaritavillian, per se, it's just that... well... it's sort of like Springsteen, see. He's easy to like until you have the opportunity to hang out with a roomful of his fans, ya'know? This crew of fans, in addition to worshiping the white sport-coated one, however, also collect toys and such for the Ronald McDonald House. So it is with a wistful smile and a knowing nod that we tell you to proceed with caution to Sam Hill Waterfront Grill this Fri, Aug 28, 8pm-midnight for the Open House of Austin's own Capital of Texas Parrot Head Club. Live music will be provided by Key West, The Band! Polly wants a line of something quick and numbing, thanks... CapTexPHC@aol.com or 258-5330.
Reading Is Fun! Happy! Gay!
Here's a celebration to turn heads and pages... This weekend, Cornerstone and Out Youth open the doors to Out Youth's brand-new, 2,000+ volume Jerry Strickland Library, Austin's only gay and lesbian lending library, named in honor of an Out Youth volunteer who worked to establish a reading collection before he passed away in 1994. The ribbons get sliced this Sat, Aug 29, 2pm. Four of Austin's finest will read in honor of the dedication: Tom Doyal, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Ana Sisnett, and Marion Winik. The haps keep happening as the youths read poetry and share music. The fun lasts 'til 5p. 708-1234.
Reading Is Fun! Duh, Mental!
Borders Books promises that if you participate in their Open Books for Children Project by donating an extra buck or 20 each time you make a purcha$e, they'll $upplement the local contribution$ with a corporate donation. To whom will all this dough go? Reading Is FUNdamental (RIF), the national literacy campaign, that'$ who. 795-8410 or 472-1791.
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