Clean Up Real Good
* Some of you should start scrubbing now, if you plan on getting the grit out in time for this year's Holiday Swing formal, Project Transitions' annual night of dahnnnce, dah-ling (this is its 10th -- putting 'em years ahead of the Swing revival curve) Sat, Dec 5, 8pm-12:30am, at the Ben Hur Shrine Ballroom, 4300 Westbank. Beyond the $30/advance, $35/door deal, bring cash for the auction, $5 per chance at two round trip air tix, and whistle whettin'. So get cleaning, and don't forget behind the ears, schnooky, after all, you might meet some real gone gal or guy, and how would that look if they went back there for a nibble? 454-8646.
* Samba, Salsa, Meringue, or just plain shoot yer boots down to Babe's on Sixth this Sun, Nov 29, 7:30-11:30pm for an Evening of Latin Music featuring Ta Mere, Chacuatol, and Sazon to benefit Faith Home, caregivers to babes and tots with HIV/AIDS. It's only $7, but dress up anyway, just for grins. 448-2382.
... always comes at a high price. We just wanted to get your attention, so that if you or someone you know/love might benefit from the following, you won't miss it. The Leukemia Society of America South/West Texas Chapter in San Antone wants you to know about a few programs. First, folks diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma may qualify for $750 per year Financial Assistance. Plus, they offer extensive counseling services for patients and their families. 800/683-2458.
Even Barbie Has a Dream House
Who doesn't? But home-buying is a daunting prospect in this anti-average joe/jo housing market, isn't it? Whoa. These insanely inflated prices! How did the powers that be let this happen? Oh, they had something to do with it; we see. Creeps. How do people buy homes here nowadays? Well, the NAACP doesn't say they have all the answers, but they probably have some: They are presenting another of their Workshops for Prospective Home-Buyers, Tue, Dec 8, 6-10pm at their Community Development Resource Center, 2209 Rosewood, Rm. 212. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. 477-5541.
It's been awhile since we've seen that effective statement in print. Seems like complacency has set in at the end of this decade, which began under the hail and howl of defiant cries, beseeching humans to treat each other like humans and to prioritize the AIDS crisis on the cultural agenda. While strides have been made in AIDS research, people are still suffering. Congregation Beth Isreal invites you to a World AIDS Day Service, Tue, Dec 1, 6pm at 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd. Folks will be encouraged to follow the congregation to Barton Springs for the Body Count gathering/site performance immediately following (see Community Listings for more info). 477-5541.
* Relatedly, AIDS Services of Austin is asking for help. This year's Walk for Life fell short of its estimated $300,000 take by about a third, due to nasty weather. If you registered but did not turn in your money, please do. If you didn't, here's your chance to pretend you did and send them a huge check to cover it. 451-2273 or 459-5883.
Capital Area Food Bank is deep in the thick of their annual Hometown Harvest Food & Fund Drive. It runs only through next Fri, Dec 4. Drop off food donations at area HEBs, Randalls, Whole Foods, the Austin American-Statesman office or at the Food Bank proper, 8201 S. Congress. 282-2111.
Any Person Can
Families caring for children with chronic illness or disability have it doubly tough over the holidays. Who has time for elaborate presents and gatherings when basic needs are barely being met? It's not like the holidays aren't stressful enough on their own. Sometimes these folks are doing their damndest just to hold it all together. Well, Any Baby Can is our area crisis assistance and support group for families like these. This year they ask that you consider becoming a Holiday Giving Sponsor. Sponsors adopt a family and provide a gift for each child in the family and a gift certificate for food for their whole family to enjoy over the holidays. The families all gather together on Fri, Dec 18 to receive their gifts and spend time together. Times a'wastin'. 454-3743.