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Ve Vant Blooooood
Halloween may be over, but the Northwest Austin Hotel Alliance is out for blood. They vant it. Bad. This Fri, Nov 6, 8am-noon, the alliance will host a Blood Drive to benefit the Central Texas Blood Bank at the Sam's Club parking lot at Hwy 183 & Loop 360. Employees from alliance hotels up in the northwest/
Arboretum/MoPac corridor will be giving blood en masse and invite the general public to let a few pints, as well. A driver's license and SSN are required. Participants must be at least 17 years old and have not given blood within the last eight weeks. 452-9391, x. 1209.
While you're way up in wild and wooly North Austin, you may wish to take advantage of what may be this season's last Free Flu Shots at the Northeast Austin Community Health Center, 7112-Z Ed Bluestein, Mon-Tue, Nov 9-10, 5-7pm. 919-1010.
Affairs of the Wallet
The fall fundraising season is in full effect. This month, the Junior League pulls out the stops over five days at Palmer Auditorium. Their 1998 A Christmas Affair is a series of events -- silent auctions, balls, ice cream socials, brunches, lunches, etc. -- which run Wed-Sun Nov 18-22, and range in price from $7 per person Market Days through the $100 per person A Winter's Eve black-tie ball. According to the in-on-in and the well-lined of pocket, this is quite the early holiday shopping opportunity. 467-8982, x. 272.
Saturday Night's Alright
Hey, no need to go out this weekend looking for trouble. There's plenty to do, especially Saturday night (Sat, Nov 7), in the realm of feel-good public service-type events.
All day on Saturday (10am-10pm), North America's single largest single-day Powwow takes the Toney Burger Center for a totally free 12 hours of real American heritage. See "Community Listings" for more info on the 1998 Powwow & Native American Heritage Festival. 371-0025 or 451-7420.
Then there's the eighth annual Texas Civil Right Project Dinner at the Austin Convention Center, featuring guest speaker Derrick Bell, the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School. The Reception for Professor Bell is at 6:30pm and the dinner starts at 7:30pm. Among the featured entertainers is Lourdes Pérez. Tix are $40 per person. 474-5073.
Any Baby Can hosts their first Riverboat Cigar Dinner. The silent auction, faux casino night, and five-course gourmet dinner, dripping with libations and swirling with the aromatic cloud of fine stogies and hand-rolleds and the like, leaves the dock next to the Hula Hut on Lake Austin Blvd. at 5pm and returns to the pier at 9pm. The whole shebang is $125 per person, $225 per couple. 343-6600.
If none of the above whet your entertainment whistle, consider the Austin Outhouse Reunion at Jovita's on S. First. Actually, the reunion is a two-day event: Sat, Nov 7, 2-10pm and Sun, Nov 8, 2-8pm. (See more info in the "Community Listings.") Admission is free, but donations of cash, etc., will be accepted for the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-0054.
Councilmember Jackie Goodman has proclaimed that the week of November 15-21 be officially recognized by the city of Austin as National Homelessness & Hunger Awareness Week. Beginning Sat, Nov 14, a series of events -- including a Homeless Jam, an art show and sale, and a screening of the local documentary Bouldin Greenbelt -- will be held in observance of homelessness. More next week. 476-4357.
We Should Get Our Heads Examined
The YWCA is hosting its annual Therapist Social, Sun, Nov 8, 6-9pm at El Sol y La Luna, 1224 S. Congress. You don't need to be a therapist, nuts, or even minorly mentally disturbed to attend. (Hee?) 326-1222.
Buffing Our Beads
Get your beady littles on down to the Murchison Junior High (3700 North Hills) Jewelry & Bead Bazaar, Sat, Nov 7, 10am-6pm and/or Sun, Nov 8, 11am-5pm. There'll be beads galore to buy, to string, to see. Plus, admission is $3 or $2 with a non-perishable donation for the Capital Area Food Bank. 247-5616.