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Public Notice

By Kate X Messer, May 4, 2001, Columns

Standards of Living, Revisited

Last week, we mentioned the Universal Living Wage (ULW) national online campaign hosted locally by Austin's own House the Homeless. You remember ... the goal of the ULW is to ensure that anyone working a 40-hour week should be able to afford housing based on the wage earned, a wage based on a single national formula related to the local cost of housing throughout the United States? Okay, well, we screwed up royally and put the wrong phone number in the listing. For the most part, whatever info you need is available online, so check the Web site, but here's the correct phone number in case you want to Volunteer your time to help out: or 796-4366.

Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer

The Children's Photographic Collective does some great work. They've appeared in our pages before, in notices about upcoming shows (like this notice is about to be) and in a photo essay feature last year. Basically, the group works with kids via, you guessed it: photography. They teach photography in workshops where so much more is learned. For when a young person learns to see the world differently (through a camera viewfinder, in this case), all sorts of empowerment and all those other 50¢ educational theory words start to take place. Not to be smug, but really, when you get right to the heart of the situation, enabling kids to better understand this world we have thoroughly messed up for them is a step in the right direction. Okay, enough ramble. That said, on to the topical info.

The CPC's latest project with the Texas School for the Deaf will show A Day in the Life, an exhibition of photos taken by the commercial photog students at TSD. Not only are the daily doings of area deaf kids chronicled, but a whole lotta new perspective is offered, as well. Go check it out this Sunday, May 6 through next Sunday, May 13 at the Texas State Capitol. And in the spirit of this week's Kids' Summer Fun features, take your kiddos; the work of their peers can't help but inspire. 462-0559.

Oh, Mama!

Honor your mother (or other significant women in your life) with a Mother's Day Card to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Center. Aside from cards, you can also get mama a lovely art print, or one of three lovely lapel pins. The goodies are available at Randalls Food Markets, Brackenridge Hospital Gift Shop, Northwest Hills Pharmacy, and many more locations. 800/308-0089x311.

  • The fine folks putting together the Mother's Day Concert & Fundraiser for the Mother's Milk Bank, to take place at Waterloo Park, Sunday, May 13 are looking for Volunteers to work a few shifts during the event. They need parental supervisor-types for fun things like the moonwalk, parachute, and tattoo parlor (!). The event and concert featuring Sara Hickman, Brave Combo, and Kelly Willis is free. or 494-0800.

    May Day/Spring Fling

    Celebrate the Pease Elementary School Annual May Fete Celebration this Friday, May 4, 5:30-8:30pm. They'll have performances by the kids, a super slide, a moonwalk, a live and silent auction, and more. Pease, the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas, is located at 11th & Rio Grande. 414-4428.

  • Check out the booty-shakin' sounds of Sambaxé and Susanna Sharpe at the Empanada Parlour to benefit the Alliance to Save Hyde Park this Saturday, May 5, 5-8:30pm. The neighborhood wants to make loud and clear, once and for all, that the name of their beloved burg is not composed of two verbs. The press release isn't clear as to whether special parking privileges will be given to members of Hyde Park Baptist in SUVs. 371-1895.Hey, what's going on this week in Austin, public service-wise? Just read this!
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