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In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Save Our Springs Ordinance's passage on Aug. 8, 1992, the SOS Alliance has planned a variety of activities on the ordinance's official birthday as well as for the following Sunday, Aug. 11. On Thursday the 8th, catch live music and fun from 7 to 11pm at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sixth. On August 11, head to Zilker Park for a 2.5-mile "Fun Run and Walk" in the morning, free swimming all day at the Barton Springs pool, an environmental educational bazaar, a kids arena with various activities and games, and a free concert featuring Guy Forsyth. For more info, call SOS at 477-2320 or visit www.sosalliance.org.

The Austin Center for Peace and Justice will hold its Hiroshima Day Commemoration Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 7pm in Zilker Park's Peace Grove. Bring a picnic and join in a free varied program with origami peace cranes, speakers such as poet Susan Bright, music by Jim Crosby and Vince Petersen, photography by Alan Pogue, and a solemn ritual of remembrance 57 years after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. For more info, call 452-8282.

In response to a column by Austin American-Statesman writer Jane Greig complaining about public displays of female toplessness (P-DOFTs?) in Austin, Critical Tits -- a group of breast-baring locals -- plan to meet at 6pm on the hill near Barton Springs this Friday, Aug. 2. Men interested in joining the protest will be required to don bikini tops, "to add that extra special 'huh?' to the action"; prospective women participants are encouraged to bring their own tops to share with supportive fellows, and everyone is discouraged from bringing cameras. In her Sunday, July 28 column, Greig apologized to new Austinites -- particularly those with children -- who may already have been exposed to local nipples, and encouraged readers opposed to Austin's law legalizing female toplessness to call the City Council and lobby to have it changed. "Without an ordinance to guide the Austin Police Department," Greig wrote, "expect more brouhahas like the one over Mardi Gras on Sixth Street when police considered applying the public disturbance law to breast flashers but decided not to after getting legal advice." -- L.A.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the Travis Co. Green Party will host its social hour, 6:30-8:30pm at the Spiderhouse Coffeehouse, 2908 Fruth. Look for the patrons who don't have sideburns, jean jackets, and cigarettes.

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