Home & Heart
Almost one month has passed since the rain-swept Central Texas floodplains burst at the seams and set in motion rivers of destruction. Area agencies and concerned volunteers have been diligently rescuing, recovering, and assisting since then. But even one month later, so many of the efforts must feel like treading water.
Here's what's up:
• The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA ) is setting up a Disaster Recovery Center at Southeast Community Branch Library, 580-3 Nuckols Crossing, beginning today, Thu, Nov 12-Sat, Nov 14, 9am-7pm. The center will be staffed by federal and local representatives to answer questions about disaster assistance, loans, building permits, etc. For those who can't make an appearance, phone numbers follow: FEMA, 800/462-9029; CoA Permits & Inspection, 499-2994 or 499-2366; Austin Association of Remodeling Contractors (for repair info), 451-8041.
• Also, the City of Austin is compiling a record of flooded houses and businesses. Call to file a report. CoA Watershed Protection Department, 499-3377.
• The American Red Cross has had its helping hands full this season. The local and national offices will gladly accept your cash right now. http://www.redcross.org or 800/HELP-NOW.
• Down in New Braunfels, where much flood damage was sustained, Texas songwriters and musicians from San Antonio, San Marcos, New Braunfels, and right here in Austin have put together the Flood Victims Music Fest, slated for this Sun, Nov 15, noon until it ends, at Landa Station, 381 Landa, in NB. Money and relief items will be accepted throughout the day, and bring extra cash for the Silent Auction. 512/606-1425 or 830/629-3311.
• And don't forget Hurricane Mitch. Tonight, Thu, Nov 12, 7pm-2am, Club Meneo, Second & Congress, is throwing the Benefit for the Victims. There will be a deejay, plus Club Meneo's notorious salsa lessons. Cover in the form of clothing and food donations will be accepted. If you can't make it out tonight, their north sister, Palmeras, 6019 N. I-35, will accept donations through Sunday. 479-5094.
The Young Ones
If you're a real New Southerner or just a Dyed-in-the-Wool Yaller Dawg, you'll appreciate the upcoming visit from former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young. Young will appear at Planned Parenthood of Austin's Public Affairs Luncheon, Wed, Nov 18, 11am-1pm at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tix are (eek!) $125 per pundit. 472-0868.
Funny the things you learn, if you bother to read the entire press release: The recently renovated Gethsemane Lutheran Church at 1510 N. Congress, home to the Texas Historical Commission, was built with bricks and stones from the remains of the 1853 Texas Capitol which burned in 1881. We did not know that. The reason for the PR is that the THC is hosting an Open House & Book Sale this Sat, Nov 14, 8:30am-3pm to benefit Texas' clearing house of info on its more than 11,000 state historical markers. 463-5753.
• And more from the Bookish Nerd File: The North Loop Branch of the Austin Public Library is closed in preparation for its move a few yards east of the present site. The new Ralph W. Yarborough Branch Library (in the old Americana Theatre, 2200 Hancock) will reopen in January. 499-2406.
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Month. Over 100,000 Austinites are affected. Really. And they expect that stat to swell to 300,000 by the year 2015. How many of us nimble-minded types will be in the prime target group by that time? Hmmm? You don't have to repeat statistics like that to yourself six times to remember. In celebration of the memories of those lost to the disease, our local Alzheimer's Association invites you out to their Heart Remembers Candlelight Remembrance Service, Tue, Nov 17, 6:30pm on the south steps of the State Capitol Building. 454-5476.