Public Notice

Public Notice celebrates mom, bikes, and going postal, among other things this week.

Madre Mio!

We are so excited that this weekend belongs to us! Mother's Day is this Sun, May 14. Don't forget your Mama. You know the ol' saying: When Mama's happy, everybody's happy. This year, celebrate in style at one of Austin's many mom-centric events.

  • For you last-minute Sallys: The Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin (BCRC) is still offering Mother's Day Cards for $10 each. Buy them at Randalls, Seton gift shops, Tarrytown Pharmacy, Northwest Hills Pharmacy, and all Austin Radiological Association locations. Proceeds will benefit BCRC's many programs. 472-1776.

  • Take Mama for a relaxing stroll through Central Texas' blooming springtime at the Spring Garden Tour, Mother's Day weekend, Sat-Sun, May 13-14. The tour passes through 12 public and private gardens and features a Silent Auction. Proceeds will benefit Austin Community Gardens. 458-2009.

  • You say Mom is one of those do-goody volunteer types? Well, don't just leave the community service to her. Join her for a day of public service bonding at the Mother's Day Sort-a-Thon, this weekend, Fri-Sat, May 13-14, at the (very air-conditioned) Capital Area Food Bank. Or if Mom can't make it, consider helping out in her honor. 282-2111x116.

  • On Mother's Day proper, don't forget the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin's Free Concert, Rockin' the Cradle, Sun, May 14, 1-5pm, at Waterloo Park, 15th & Red River. The local park will be chock-full of all those "bring the kids" type of event activities, like storytelling, face-painting, balloons, food, drink (other than milk, we think ...), etc. Shawn Colvin, Sara Hickman, Joe McDermott, and the Dawi Forte West African Dance & Drum Ensemble will perform. Don't let Mama miss this! In the nine months of its existence, the bank has received 25,000 ounces of milk from 60 donor mothers. Whoa, that's a lot of love. Healthy moms donate the milk to MMBA, where it is pasteurized and tested, and then prescribed by doctors to babes in need. So bring a lawn chair and some tykes, raise those glasses (or baby bottles) high, and give a "cheers" (or an urp!) to this great idea that is helping wee ones keep healthy. 494-0800.

  • Okay, so it's a little late for Mother's Day (and if you find yourself a bit late for Mother's Day ...) The Southwest Austin Preschool Mothers' Club is hosting a Fiesta! Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit Faith Home, a private home for babies and children with AIDS. Take Mom! Not only will you be wowing her with the lyrical song stylings of Leeann Atherton, Nathan Hamilton, Marc Utter, Mike Stevenson, the Shelley King Band, and Floramay Holliday, but you'll be taking care of dinner with some fabulous fajitas included in the deal all in one fell swoop. It all happens Tue, May 16, 6:30-10pm, at Fiesta Gardens. 892-5370.

    Neither Rain, nor Sleet, nor Gallon Cans of Baked Beans ...

    Oh geeez, we mentioned the Capital Area Food Bank and almost forgot to mention the other big food collection opportunity happening this weekend. This Sat, May 13, is the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive. The drive has the distinction of being the largest single-day event in the world to stamp out hunger! So put out your non-perishables when you're slapping that very late Mother's Day card in the mail. 282-2111.

    Biking Care of Business

    Breathe a little deeper and stay out of the car this Friday. The day will be chock-full of bikey activities in honor of Bike to Work Day. Fri, May 12, 7-9am, is the Commuters Breakfast. Free breakfast to those who bike all the way to Upper Crust, Wheatsville, Kerbey Lane (the South Lamar one), Cafe Mundi, Ruta Maya, Whole Foods (Sixth & Lamar), and all locations of La Madeline. After work, join local politicos for their rigorous trek across all of a few downtown blocks at the Political Pedal (last year it was from Eighth to the the Capitol Building without any water breaks!!!) at 4:30pm and then meet back on the roof of Ninfa's, on West Sixth for free hors d'oeuvres and discounted beverages at the Bicycle Happy Hour. 457-9747 or 474-6027.

    Straight Talk

    The rest of this week, through Sun, May 14, is National Stuttering Awareness Week. The Stuttering Foundation of America has lots of helpful info: PO Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111-0749. or 800/992-9392 end story

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