Check out ways to help the Houston flood victims, get a free HIV test, and find out what's up this week in Pride.
Hell and high water came to Houston in the form of Tropical Storm Allison. Now the lovely realities of burgeoning mosquito populations and massive cleanups are setting in as those affected try to rebuild their properties and their lives. Austin knows from this particular type of watery Hades, so we should be particularly generous and understanding in their time of need. Here are some ways you and yours can help.
The Round Rock Express Baseball Club has launched a fundraising project with the American Red Cross to help flood victims in Southeast Texas, beginning with last Thursday's game against the Arkansas Travelers. Red Cross representatives will be at the games to collect donations for the relief effort. Any fan that makes a donation to the relief effort will be entered into a drawing to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the 2001 Double-A All-Star Game on July 11 at the Dell Diamond. This promotion will go through July 2. The Express is also donating 10% of the "Home Run" dollars that are collected by the fans when a player hits a home run.
Here's a list of the upcoming games: Monday, June 25, Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28 against Shreveport, 7:05pm; Saturday, June 30, Sunday, July 1, and Monday, July 2 (featuring Fourth of July Fireworks) against Arkansas, 7:05pm.
Consider going online and donating directly to the American Red Cross of Central Texas www.redcrossaustin.org or 928-4271 or 800/HELP NOW.
This Wednesday, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day. The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 200,000 Americans are not aware that they are infected with HIV. Free HIV Testing will be available through Austin/Travis County Health Department who will have a mobile unit at Pease Park, 10am-6pm. Also, CARE will have a mobile unit parked at Sixth & Henderson behind Whole Foods. See "About AIDS," p.141, in this week's issue, fo mo info. 458-AIDS.
It Never Hurts to Check
Saturday, June 23 is turning out to be quite the Austin Gay Day. There are a ton of things going on in town that are not only of interest to the gay community but to the general community sick and tired of fellow humans being marginalized by other segments of society on sick power trips and dominance struggles. Here's a challenge to all the straight-identified folks in Austin: You like the happy, tolerant luv vibe that our town oozes? Then go out and support one of these events.
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