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To commemorate 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 and on this Sunday, Aug. 11. Tonight (Thursday), catch live music and fun from 7-11pm at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sixth. On Sunday, 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 Campaign, a community-based effort to educate people about the "war on terrorism," will hold a public meeting Saturday, Aug. 10, from noon-2pm at the Carver Library, 1161 Angelina. The campaign opposes the war as a threat to peace, democracy, social services, and many other positive attributes of modern civilization. For more info, call 458-8635 or visit www.topica.com/lists/austincampaign.

On Sunday, Aug. 11, the Alamo Drafthouse will host a benefit for the American Friends Service Committee and the Border Committee of Women Workers -- an independent Mexican organization founded and directed by maquiladora workers. The benefit includes a screening of Lourdes Portillo's film, Señorita Extraviada (Missing Young Woman), about the murders of hundreds of young women in Juárez over the last decade, and a performance by Tammy Gomez. A facilitated community discussion will follow. 3pm. 409 Colorado.

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