Public Notice

This week, "Public Notice" travels far and wide across gender limits and the Kalahari to bring you're the best in Austin community events.


Back to the Garden

You want the old Austin? Sick of the "new economy?" We heard that. Hmmm. And what with the downturn in the dot-this and dot-that markets, it seems like maybe a few other folks have, too. Sure, we've been known to bitch and moan more than our fair share about SUVs and goateed out-of-towners taking over our li'l slice of heaven here in Central Texas -- conveniently putting aside the fact that we, ourselves participated in the very same immigration some nine years ago. Yet, we, too, grumble about traffic, lost landmarks, and the disappearing "Texas-friendly" that brought us here in the first place. But you know, we kinda got used to all that "new economy" crap. And now that the "new" economy is the same as the "old" economy ... or at least dissolving back to levels that more of us recognize, isn't it time to get wistful and nostalgic for the good old days of last year's excessive spending, wrecking balls, and three-mile backups on the upper deck?

Ahhhhhh! Yes, well, that didn't take long. Anyway, it's not like the problems that accompanied the boom are going to disappear overnight. No, that only happens to job security, stock options, and lovers who didn't even like Austin in the first place. And aren't we all smug in our "Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out ..."?

Look, if anything, this era of economic "correction" (Geeeez, doncha just love politicians?) can give us the time to breathe and appreciate what we loved and still love about our little thumping heart of Texas in the first place.

Here's something to consider. Take the month of March to devote a quota of time each week reacquainting yourself with something in this city that you loved all along. Perhaps you go ga-ga for the way Congress Avenue looks at night when you're facing north across the river. Or maybe it's been a while since you tasted barbecue from the Eastside. Or maybe a special someone has never been to Mount Bonnell.

May we suggest one of our faves? Take yourself on down to the place that screams "old Austin" from atop its neon corner sign and Arleen Polite mural, the place that still says "Hello" when you walk in and "Have a great day!" without a hint of irony or sarcasm on your way out, the place that will load up Oreos™, Mexican Cokes, spirulina, and groats (again, no hint of irony!) and give you a member discount to boot, all in one recyclable bag. We speak, of course, of Wheatsville Food Co-op, Texas's only retail consumer food co-op. Why? Well, first, because it embodies the very best of what this city has to offer and second, because this month, our noble li'l co-op-that-could celebrates its 25th Anniversary with events all month long!

  • Saturday, March 3, is Member Appreciation Day, with 10% off all member purchases and samples and tastings for all.

  • Saturday, March 10, is Wheatsville Food Fair, featuring a ton of locally produced grub.

  • Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, is the Wheatsville Herb Fair featuring the Austin Herb Society, guest speakers, and musicians.

  • And ... Saturday, March 25, is the Wheatsville 25th Birthday Party. But we are going to make you wait to hear all about that. Or, in the meantime, you could go get the info directly from the horse's mouth. www.wheatsville.com or 478-2667.


    Achy Breaky Heart

    La Peña Latino Arts Organization, Las Manitas Avenue Cafe, and a team of nonprofits (Safe Place, ALLGO, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Planned Parenthood, El Buen Samaritano, and more...) are presenting a powerful Art Exhibition called Corazón Lastimado: Healing the Wounded Heart featuring the art of survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, incest, and other forms of painful trauma. The Opening Reception is this Saturday, March 3, 6pm at La Peña, 227 Congress. 447-6007.


    'Ten-Hut!

    Love a man (or whatever...) in uniform? Check out the Uniform Party this Saturday, March 3, 9pm at Gaby & Mo's, featuring One Fifth Griffith, Meow Meow, and prizes, prizes, prizes for the "best" in many categories of exemplary uniform wearing. The party is a Fundraiser for a UT Student Film, but you're just going to have to slap on those cadet grays and find out more yourself. 457-9027.


    Springs Cleaning

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Ecological Services Office said a-okay to the plan to lower Barton Springs a good four feet or so to facilitate annual maintenance this past Monday, Feb. 26. The Springs Will Re-Open This Friday, March 2. During this time, ranger-types and biologists and the like will be on the lookout for stranded salamanders, fish, plants, and those trunks you lost last year. 476-4521 or 499-1862.
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