Public Notice

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, among other things, and "Public Notice" wants you to feel the love.


We're gonna keep telling you that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 'til we get on your last nerve, okay?

What's funny is that the two big events for the important health cause aren't even in October. Nope. The 2000 Komen Concert for the Cure, featuring an all-star reunion of Marcia Ball, Angela Strehli, and Lou-Ann Barton, plus special guest Donna Hightower at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple, is actually happening on Friday, Nov. 3, 7:30pm, and the 2000 Komen 5K Race for the Cure, taking off from the GSD&M building at Sixth & Lamar is two days later, Sunday, Nov. 5, 8am. Both events will benefit the Austin affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. or 929-9130 and or 427-4833.

Purple & Pink Go Nice Together

October is almost as many months as June is. (June is ... Dairy Month ... Malaria Month ... National Safety Month ... Obesity Awareness Month ... and whatever you do, please don't tell Raoul Hernandez that June is Jazz Month ...) In addition to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And while the Susan Komen, Breast Cancer Resource Center, and American Cancer Society people are encouraging Pink Ribbon wearing for breast cancer awareness, our local SafePlace asks that you protest the estimated 1.5 million incidents of domestic violence in Texas each year by wearing a Purple Ribbon. Now, of course, this isn't all that SafePlace is doing to boost awareness of this still-prevalent plague. The month is loaded with events and activities, including outreach to a variety of communities -- with the Austin Metropolitan Ministries Task Force on Family Violence for the Faith Community Campaign (385-5181), with Saheli for the Asian Outreach Project (345-9490), and with the YMCA for the Violence in Our Community Conference (326-1222). SafePlace will also present the Clothesline Project Exhibit, Monday-Friday, Oct. 16-20 at the Travis County Courthouse, 1000 Guadalupe and the Stokes Building, 314 W. 11th, presenting artful T-shirts covered with the testimonies of abuse survivors (356-1659). A Virtual Clothesline Exhibit will concurrently be up on the group's Web site. The big caper, however, goes down this Monday, Oct. 9 at the SafePlace Third Anniversary Party, commemorating the merger of the Center for Battered Women and the Austin Rape Crisis Center. The hoop-de-doo happens at the Austin Music Hall and features, get this: Wynonna Judd. Yup, that Wynonna Judd. Damn. Tickets are going fast. or 356-1594.

SIMS Like the First Time

We know what you're thinking: "Darn! It's not a Foreigner Hoot Nite???" Nope, sorry (Note to selves: Foreigner Hoot Nite...). It's just a bunch of local musicians giving two hoots for those crusty rockasaurs who refuse to die. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones Super Hoot at the Red Eyed Fly, 715 Red River, is this Saturday, Oct. 7, 7pm. And if that's not enough to Start you Up, baby, then check out the shaggy, blond goodness of the Brian Jones Hoot Nite, Sunday, Oct. 15, 7pm at the Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress. Both of these non-moss gatherings will, of course, benefit our wonderful SIMS Foundation, a local group dedicated to providing low-cost mental health assistance and substance abuse counseling ("'ello, Keef?") to Austin musicians (see ad p.121). 804-1008.

  • Totally unrelated, but a natural tie-in with the headline: the Fall Festival & Chili Cook-Off, Saturday, Oct. 7, 4pm at Kerbey Lane -- University, 2606 Guadalupe, will benefit Sims Elementary School's Family Resource Center. 477-5717.

    Up Your Cultural Ante

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  • This Saturday, Oct. 7, take advantage of the needs of others and unload a bunch of junk from your house at the Rude Mechanicals Big Garage Sale at the Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo. They'll accept your crap (and be more than happy to profit from it) between now and Friday, Oct. 6, 2-4pm. 476-RUDE.

    If you feel that Columbus did not discover America, but that he was just lost; or if you'd like to recognize the contributions of folks who help Austin's native peoples; or if you just wanna check out the free nachos and music, don't miss Dia de la Raza, Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-10pm at the soon-to-be-built Mexican American Cultural Center (the MACC), 600 River. 478-6770.

    Also on Thursday, Oct. 12, 6pm, Leslie Pierce holds a Reception for her Penetrations series at the Artists' Coalition of Austin Gallery in the Artplex, featuring a Silent Auction to benefit Project Transitions (80%) and ACAG (20%). 474-7799.

    And That Ain't All --

  • Don't forget that October is Just About Every Walk & Race in Austin for the Year Month. For example, smack dab in the middle of the month, Sunday, Oct. 15, is the annual AIDS Walk Austin benefit 5Ker for AIDS Services of Austin. Get collecting those pledges, quickshape! 452-WALK.

  • Oh, and October is National Fire Safety Month. Ask the American Red Cross how to fire-proof your home, and stay cool, baby. or 928-4271.
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