Fishing for Wishes
Adrian Moore from the Institute for Weapon-Free Youth
was the first to get a Wish List in for our annual Year 2000 Holiday Wish Lists
list that will run in the upcoming two holiday issues. Thanks, Adrian ... especially for these kind (albeit edited for space) words:
"Many thanks to The Austin Chronicle for running this. Last year we requested a fax and printer and one of the high tech groups donated the same; this helped tremendously. We are now operating a Violence Prevention workshop [serving] approximately 400 youth, who have been expelled for abusive behavior, insubordination, disruption and possession of illegal drugs."
We point this out not to slap our own back (running the Wish Lists is quite painless, we assure you), but to attest that the lists work. We encourage you public service groups to do as Adrian and get those lists in ASAP!
Here's the deal: You must include an organization name, address, and phone number, plus the name of a contact representative (and that contact's phone number for verification and questions, if different from the number to publish) and Five Items (excluding cash, computers and computer accessories, and volunteer call-ups, which are needed by everyone and will be stated in the introduction) in the body of an e-mail by 6pm next Friday, Dec. 8. Institute for Weapon-Free Youth, 327-3250; Year 2000 Holiday Wish Lists, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping While Shopping
Holiday shopping is big on your list right now, we know. Get it out of the way early. Here are a few opportunities to shop, drop, and plop down some $$ on some cool concerns:
This weekend is the Wheatsville Arts Festival 2000 Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 2-3, 10am-5pm. If our Wheatsville Food Co-op doesn't represent all that's what's left of what's good and true and fine about our blessed Violet Crown, then we might as well move to Houston right this second. Really. The annual arts fest is a heckuva time to catch up with the real Austin, listen to some great music, chat with the over 70 artists/artisans who make the art, and get some holiday shopping in the can to boot. 478-2667.
There's still time to order up some fine bean, pork, chicken, and/or jalapeño Holiday Tamales from Manos de Cristo (the low-cost dental care to low-income folks). Deadline for ordering is Dec. 12, for Dec. 15 pickup. 477-7454.
Mark your calendar for next week, Thursday, Dec. 7, 9am-9pm, for the Women & Their Work Gift Shop Tax Free Thursday all-day shopping day! There will be some fine items to be had, plus, you'll be supporting the sisters, and might even run into a total babe or two while you're at it. 477-1064.
If you've got one of those proverbial "Has Everything"s on your list (don't you just hate them?), consider Adopting a Sea Turtle. Bet they don't have one of those. The Sea Turtle Survival League and its parent Caribbean Conservation Corporation doesn't even ask you all those personal questions like if you have enough yard for running or if you beat your pets. www.cccturtle.org or 800/678-7853.
Hey Holiday Swingers! Know what time of year it is? Well, here are a few socializing ops to get your yule on.
Helping While Swinging
Project Transitions Holiday Swing 2000 is this Saturday, Dec. 2, 8pm-midnight at the Ben Hur Shrine Ballroom, 4300 Westbank @360. It's PT's annual fancy-pants dance to help support folks living with AIDS. Zoot, baby. Very zoot. 454-8646.
Punk abounds this w/e as first, Friday, Dec. 1 promises four hours of "high-octane rock & roll" at the KOOP Punk Benefit at Trophy's, 2008 S. Congress, starring the Sir Finks, Deadites, Hatchbacks, Regrets. Pay the $4 cover and help community radio purchase new equipment. 472-KOOP.
More punk and junk is sure to be the ticket at the Hole in the Wall, Saturday, Dec. 2, for the Monkees Hoot Nite benefiting the Blue Santa toy and other gifts drive. (See Music Recommended, page 118). 472-5599.
AGLIFF is running the Austin Premiere of 24 Nights (some gay Christmas thing ...) this Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm at the Arbor Theatre. Sign up and become a member and get cheaper tickets. 458-1515.
World AIDS Day, Friday, Dec. 1, is commemorated in town with a Service of Remembrance & Hope at St. James Episcopal, 3701 E. MLK, at 6pm with the Interfaith Care Alliance and the annual Bodycount performance piece, featuring some of the area's best dancers in floating water sculptures along the edges of Barton Springs Pool at 6:30pm. The audience is invited to participate/meditate. 444-1672.
Helping While Helping
Food Bank Volunteers are needed for the entire Holiday Season at AIDS Services of Austin. Commit as few as two or as many as twenny ... or-more hours helping in the pantry. Call ASA for times, etc. 406-6167.