Public Notice

"Caritas" Doesn't Mean a "Little Care"

No, these folks care a lot. And we have a chance over the next few weeks to show them that the work they do for longtime homeless Austinites is not only appreciated, but downright inspirational. A few weeks ago, in the Chronicle's special downtown issue, Bryan Mealer reported on the work and expansion of Caritas in the Seventh Street area. Now here's our chance to jump in and help. They are beginning a New Housing, Counseling, and Training Program. They seek donations of new or used single (or other) beds, couches, dinettes, chairs, dressers, and tables. Either you can be a sweetie and drop the items off,or you can still be a sweetie and one of their capable, friendly crews of volunteers will come out and pick them up if you call in advance. 371-1776.


There She Is ...

Miss America Nicole Johnson, herself, will be appearing this Fri, Mar 5 at the downtown Sheraton Hotel for the Diabetes Prevention Trial -- Type 1 Study. The study is enlisting close relatives of people with type-1 diabetes for the purpose of administering insulin to those at-risk. 800/425-8361 or 480-8181.


Bless the Beasts

It'll be one helluvan animal farm at the Electric Lounge, Sun Mar 7, 8:30pm. A slew of beastly bands will be rocking at the Wildlife Rescue Benefit, to help provide medicine, supplies, and vet services for wild beasts in need of recovery assistance with the goal of getting them back into the uncivilized sanity where they belong. WR helped over 1,500 animules last year. The charming lineup seems to represent most genera and species -- Brown Whornet, Galapagos, the Peenbeets, and Velvet Hammer -- but we're not exactly sure how. 472-WILD or 454-2327.


Non C'é Niente Tra Me e Il Mio Calvins!

Women in Italy are pissed. According to that other newspaper here in town, a rape conviction in Italy was overturned because the victim was wearing jeans. The geniuses in the court reasoned that "jeans cannot be removed easily ... if the victim is fighting ... with all her force." So Italian women are protesting the decision by wearing jeans to Parliament until the decision is changed. Local bellas back here in Austin are pulling on their Levis, Lees, Wranglers, Hilfigers, and all manner of blue denim in solidarity for a Jeans Strike Mon, Mar 8, noon, on, wouldn'cha know it, International Women's Day. Meet at Second & Congress and march proud in your blues to the State Capitol. 442-4092.


Head 'Em Up Move 'Em Out

Keep those jeans on for a while, thaaaar, pard'ner. The Rodeo's a'comin'. The Austin-Travis County Livestock Show & Rodeo, that is. And the first big event of the steer ropin' season is the Live Animal Auction, Wed, Mar 17, 11am. It all kicks off with a buyer's lunch and then moves into the turkeys, steers, rabbits, lambs, roosters, swine, broilers (!?), and goats. We hear these all make fine pets. Gulp! It all happens at the Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker. As you know, the ATCLS&R benefits the Youth of Travis County by raising millions of dollars for local scholarships. 467-9811.


Free Tibet

Want a cram course, cribsheet, Cliffs Notes version to all the facts swirling about the Free Tibet Movement? Well, we can't imagine a more effective route than sitting in a vehicle full of eager activists, whilst heading for the Chinese Embassy in Houston for a day of protest at the Tibetan Uprising Day, Wed, Mar 10. Activists and supporters of our small Tibetan community here in Austin will make the annual trip and invite interested folk to join them. 459-5609.


Nothin' but Free-Net

If you give a byte about Austin's equal access to the World Wide Web ideal, then get out and Volunteer for Austin Free-Net. This Tue, Mar 9, 6:30-7:30. Free-Net will orient you in the ways and means of keeping emerging technologies and Internet access For the People.
volunteer@austinfree.net or 326-9084.


Mitch Was a Bitch

All this weekend you can help the people in Honduras and Nicaragua who suffered impossible devastation from Hurricane Mitch by buying your brains out. Fri-Sun, Mar 5-7, 10am-6pm. Tesoros Trading Co. and Aid to Artisans (ATA) host the Hurricane Relief Sale. Tesoros, 209 Congress, where the sale takes place, and other importers have donated products to be sold wholesale, with all proceeds going to ATA. Anyone who has survived a tornado, hurricane, flood, or othernatural disaster in the USA can only begin to imagine the efforts necessary for these lesser-developed countries to dig themselves out. 479-8377.


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