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I Have a Dream (About Lunch ...)

Food is the great equalizer. Everybody wants it; everybody needs it. Everybody eats it, but each person's idea of what makes for good food is certainly influenced by culture, skill, and economics, among other things. Regardless, food remains a great equalizer. Whether your daily bread is tortilla, croissant, loaf, or ciabatta, this is one benefit you can sink your choppers into. Eat your way into the hearts of many on MLK Day, Mon, Jan 18. The Texas Civil Rights Project in conjunction with Highlife Cafe, Curra's Grill, Madam Nadalini's, West Lynn Cafe, and Mother's Cafe & Garden will commemorate Dr. King's b'day all day next Monday, with each restaurant contributing a portion of its proceeds for the day to the project to promote racial, social, and economic justice through education and litigation. 474-5073.

Leafing Through the Branches of Our Book Tree

Our town's public library system has grown a replacement/expansion branch for the old North Loop Library. The Ralph W. Yarborough (not to be confused with Ralph Yarbrough ... ) Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock, will be officially opened at its Dedication Ceremony Sat, Jan 16, 6pm. Bring the kids, 'cause there'll be plenty of refreshments and entertainment, in addition to activities specifically for them. The branch will then be closed for MLK Day the following Monday, and then will begin its regular hours: M-Th, 10am-9pm, Fri, 10am-6pm, and Sat, 10am-5pm. Children's storytime begins a few weeks later on Thu, Feb 4, 10:15am. 454-7208.

A Li'l Dirt Never Hurt

Frustrated because you don't have a plot to call your own? Sad because your apartment rent is sky-high and you don't even have a yard to turn into a turnip patch if the mood suits? Irked about the price of organic veggies and herbs? Well, spread out, sister, and break free, brother, get yourself some prime Austin parcel and Rent a Garden Plot at Austin Community Garden's Sunshine Garden, 4814 Sunshine, one block north of the corner of Lamar & 45th. Plots are 20'x20' and rent for $40 per season or $70 for the year. There's water, compost, tools, and plenty o' sunshine. Plots are available on a first come, first served basis; hurry, the plots usually fill by March, so don't wait for spring to inspire you. Dig deep, and call them today. 458-2009.

* Oh! And while you're at it, check out the Free Gardening Flyer, written by local gardennut (and degreed biologist, thankyouverymuch) Cedar Stevens, at Wheatsville, while you're in there picking out your organic seeds. Stevens will be available Wed, Fri, and Sun evenings at the Co-op to answer all your dirt-y questions. 478-2667.

Future Shock

How many new technological innovations and developments and resource-suckers have been sold to the general public for the greater good, with the notion that this fabulous new thingamajig, whoop-de-doo, or whozee-whatsis is all a part of some bright new utopian future that never really seems to get here? Well, we guess that if there were no ambitious delusions, there'd be no change. So, we'll put our money on the ambitious delusions of a new local nonprofit group called Technology & Inclusion, which is opening the Texas Technology Resource Center at 1715 FM 1626 in Manchaca, a tech hub for folks with disabilities, chock-full of all sorts of hard- and software to level the playing field for those with physical and learning disabilities -- dyslexia, autism, cerebral palsy, and other handicapping conditions. (See, we told you they were ambitious.) Granted, we haven't done our homework on this one, having little to go on save for this li'l press release announcing the Grand Opening Sat, Jan 16, 2-4pm. Aside from that, we have them filed under "Darn Fine Idea; We Hope It Succeeds." Come on out and wish them luck. or 280-7235.

Eyewitness, You Witness

Don't forget that this week is Texas Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League (TARAL)'s showing of I Witness, a compelling hour-long documentary exploring how Pensacola, Florida, has been ravaged by the hateful killings of three local abortion providers and how the community at large has been affected by the religious terrorism of the abortion war. Civic and religious leaders in the area reflect on the issues brought forth by the events which have forced the area's religious community to scrutinize its responsibilities regarding reproductive freedom. The film's director, Janet Goldwater, will introduce the film and field questions after the showing. It all happens Wed, Jan 20, 7:30pm, at the Dobie Theater. Tickets are $5.50 (and don't forget to have your parking ticket for the Dobie garage validated for free parking). 462-1661.

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