Public Notice

Castle & Keep

Southern Living presents its Idea House to the general public this weekend. Tours of the 4,000+ square-foot dream mansion named "Travis Ridge," in West Austin, will commence at the Grand Opening this Sat, Jun 12. The house with a name is located off of Hwy360 in Davenport Ranch, one of those "master-planned" deals right in the heart of our treasured Hill Country -- a desirable place to live if you don't mind destroying the very essence of what we all love about the place. The original idea of the Idea House was to bring together top designers to create a real showboat of a house, so people would want to come and get ... well, ideas from it. Don't know about you, but the only idea that we get from houses that have names is that we are totally priced out of the Austin housing market -- way out of our league. Oh well. The tours will run through the last weekend in September and are $5 a pop, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Seton Fund health care nonprofit. 327-2914 or 327-0001.


Fielding Dreams

Who wants to accuse Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson of not giving back to his community? Any takers? Well, you go on, then. Even after the linebacker's Fasting for Kids action some time back, he's still as big as a house. You tell him. Ha! You can't. Not just because of the totally natural fear factor, but because Henderson and his East Side Youth Services & Street Outreach have done much to get sports facilities built on the Eastside. The Grand Opening of the new Eastside Field at Rosewood & Hargrave (at the old Anderson High complex) is this weekend, Sun, Jun 13. The field opens with the Yellow Jacket 10K Run at 8am. Register in advance at either the East Side Youth office or Run-Tex. And even if you have no intention of running, sign up with a Registration of Support and you'll have a chance at one of two American Air round-trip tix that will be raffled off.476-0056.


Walk It, Sugar!

The day before the Yellow Jacket Track opens, walk it like you talk it at the Freedom Walk, Sat, Jun 12, at Festival Beach on Town Lake. The 5K walk is hosted by the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Unit of the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department. The event is not a fundraiser, but a public awareness walk to promote physical activity; the focus of the walk is diabetes. Registration is at 8am and the walk begins at 9am. 236-1780.


Pride 2

The Austin Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization (ALLGO) is having their annual Gay Pride Celebrationnext weekend, Sun, Jun 20, 4-8pm at Fiesta Gardens. This year, Pride features live merengue and salsa tunes from Sazón. And if it's anything like any of ALLGO's other blasts, there'll be lots of dancing, prancing, and romancing. This is one of ALLGO's main fundraisers to fund their various programs, including Informe-SIDA.

Advance tickets for pride are $15 at the ALLGO offices. The price goes up to $18 at the door. Admission includes beer, sangria, and a food buffet. 472-2001.


Hot Fun in the Summertime

We spent most summers at the park around the corner from our house. Area teens would guide us through games of Red Rover, kickball, and freeze tag -- part of some sort of summer job program for high school kids. It was an altogether casual affair, with local merchants sometimes getting in on the act, bringing snacks or lemonade at the day's hottest point. So it makes us happy to think that at just about any park in Austin this summer, our kids can find similar fun. Austin Parks & Rec has a slew of summer programs. Last year, the Summer Playground Program drew over 3,300 kids per week at 52 sites around town. This year, the free program will operate Mon-Thu, 9am-5pm, and Fri, 10am-5pm. Each day, kids will be supervised through all sorts of fun, like nature walks, pizza parties, water balloon tosses, and more. Some of these sites will also be participating in the Free Summer Food Service Program, providing free lunch to area kids. Additionally, the city offers Summer Teen Recreation Academy, for the kids a few years beyond playground range but not old enough to get a job. Here are the phone numbers, plus a few other Summer Fun programs offered by the city. Summer Playground Program, 480-3043; Summer Teen Recreation Academy, 480-3014; Summer Food Service Program, 480-3066; Youth Boating Camps, 476-9193; National Junior Tennis League, 342-9964; and Summer Splash Film Parties, 476-4521.



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