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The Texas Gay Pride weekend is bigger than ever this year, in spite of the state's newly signed Defense of Marriage Act that withholds recognition of civil unions established in other states. Friday offers two event options: Project Transitions' annual Texas Swing benefit at 8pm at Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto, and the Capital City Men's Chorus concert, 8pm at University Baptist Church, 2130 Guadalupe. Saturday is jam-packed, starting with an interfaith prayer service at 5:30pm at UBC, followed by a pride parade sponsored by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The parade will start at 8pm at the south end of the Congress Avenue Bridge and turn west at Fourth Street. At Fiesta Gardens, a women's dance gets under way at 8pm, sponsored by the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. LGRL returns to Fiesta Gardens Sunday morning for a Texas Sunrise Brunch (this sunrise comes at 11am); the weekend culminates in a daylong festival on the grounds of Fiesta Gardens. Doors open at noon. For ticket information and other details, see or

The Save Our Springs Alliance hosts its annual Soul of the City concert and fundraiser Saturday at La Zona Rosa, marking the 13th anniversary of PUD Night -- the all-night City Council meeting in 1990 where more than 800 people signed up to speak against the massive Barton Creek PUD project that threatened to destroy the springs. That marathon meeting kicked off the SOS movement that led in 1993 to passage of the SOS Ordinance and many twists and turns since. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets, $15, available at or at the door. Latin bands Aztex, Grupo Fantasma, and Ghandaia will perform.

Friends of Deep Eddy host a party and fundraiser for renovation of Deep Eddy Pool's historical bathhouse at the pool on Saturday, 5-9pm. $2 admission. Plans for the new bathhouse (see illustration) will be unveiled; entertainment will include live music, fire spinning, face painting, a synchronized-swimming show, and more. For more info, go to

Saturday, June 7 marks National Trails Day -- and a happy-trails kind of day it will be for users of the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail, which is getting a 1.5-mile extension through Roy Guerrero Colorado River Park. Mayor Gus Garcia, City Manager Toby Futrell, and state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, are just some of the speakers scheduled for the trail extension's noon ribbon-cutting ceremony. Other local Trails Day events include maintenance efforts at Bright Leaf State Natural Area and Walnut Creek and Bull Creek Greenbelt trails. For more information, contact the Austin Parks Foundation at 477-1566 or visit

Gus Garcia is also the honored guest at the first Feria de Calle Cinco, a community celebration of Austin and especially of Mexican-American East Austin, also Saturday at Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal St., 11am-9:30pm. The joint project of the city and Capital Metro is designed to spur greater use and activity around the plaza; the event features food, children's activities, storytelling, music, dance, and more.

Also at Plaza Saltillo, but two days later: a campaign rally for and featuring former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate Dr. Howard Dean. The rally, the first Austin stop on the Dem's 2004 beat-Bush tour, is being organized by Dean's Texas coordinator, former state Rep. Glen Maxey, who says the unashamedly left-leaning Dean should appeal to people who "are spontaneously popping up and looking for a candidate who can take back our country." Rally starts at 8pm; Dean is expected to speak at 9:15pm. Visit to learn more.

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