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SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISTS IN TEXAS Join Democratic Socialists of America, the national progressive organization cochaired by Michael Harrington. For information in Texas write Democratic Socialists of America, 5311 Roosevelt 453-4429. CENTRAL AMERICAN PEACE TALK IN AUSTIN Michael Conroy, Director of the University of Texas Institute on Latin American Studies will discuss “Prospects for Peace and Reconstruction in Central America” on Saturday, November 5, at 6 p.m. in Austin at 4700 Grover \(north of Texas School for the fee of $6 covers dinner and a contribution to the Unitarian Social Action Committee which funds various peace and progressive organizations. PEACE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS “Alice in Blunderland,” a musical allegory that makes a plea for peace, premiers in Austin on November 6, 11, and 12 at St. Martin’s Church, 606 W. 15th. The November 6 showing is a 3 p.m. matinee; November 11 and 12 showings are at 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Austin Peace and Justice Coalition. For information call 474-5877. GUATEMALAN PEACE ACTIVIST IN AUSTIN Rigoberta Menchu, author of I Rigoberta will discuss her planned return to Guatemala where she intends to test the Central American Peace Plan. Menchu, an internationally recognized writer and peace advocate, will speak at the First OBSERVANCES October 29, 1929 Stock market crashes, beginning the Great Depression. October 30, 1947 Bertolt Brecht testifies before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. November 1, 1952 First hydrogen bomb exploded by United States. November 2, 1920 Eugene V. Debs receives almost one million votes for President while in prison. November 3, 1982 Pope John Paul II says the Inquisition was a “mistake.” November 8, 1897 Dorothy Day, Founder of the Catholic . Worker movement, born. November 9, 1935 John L. Lewis founds Congress of Industrial Organizations. November 10, 1924 First U.S. gay rights organization, the Society of Human Rights, founded in Chicago. United Methodist Church at 12th and Lavaca in Austin on October 23 at 7:30 p.m. ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN NEEDS The Texas Alliance for Human Needs holds its 7th annual statewide conference and membership meeting at the Austin Crest Hotel, 111 East 1st, Austin, on November 11-13. The theme of the conference is “Human Needs for Texas Today and Tomorrow.” Speakers include former state Senator Ray Farabee, Livingston Kosberg, Chairman of the Texas Department on Human Services, state Rep. Juan Hinojosa, and Bob Kafka, former President of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities. Fees for sessions only are $25 for nonmembers. Fees for all activities, which include luncheons and a party, are $75 for nonmembers. For information call 1-800-456-5253. \(Limited stipends MEDIA SKILLS WORKSHOP IN AUSTIN Five nationally recognized journalists provide insider advice on effective use of the media and the reality of dealing with the press. Former White House Correspondent Austin Scott; Pulitzer Prize winner Virginia Escalante; Chuck Halloran, political ghost columnist for a nationally known politician; and Jan Rich, a Texas political news writer, join University of Texas journalism professor and former Los Angeles Times opinion page editor Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte at the UT Thompson Center on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is billed as a candid look at the inner workings of the press designed to help media relations professionals. The tax-deductible fee schedule ranges from $45 for non-profit organizations to $110 for for-profits, with limited financial aid available. Checks or money orders to La Pena, 225 Congress, Suite 256, Austin, 78701, or SINGLE PARENT SUPPORT GROUP The book Mega Skills by Dorothy Rich will be the topic for discussion by the Single Parent Support Group at the Austin Women’s Center, 1700 South Lamar, Suite 203, on Tuesday, October 11 and 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge. Call Laura Gonzalez at 447-9666 for more information or to reserve free child care. WE SING OF KATE FITZGERALD Kathleen Fitzgerald has been tendering her resignation from the Observer for several months now, and we have been tenderly refusing to accept it. She has been on our masthead in various capacities since she came down from Dallas for an editorial internship in 1985. She stayed on as an editorial assistant way through the University of Texas. Upon graduation she became possessed of the notion that she should seek gainful employment; soon thereafter she took a job with the Texas Department of Agriculture. She’s over there now, doing useful things having to do with food distribution and farmers’ markets. When she confessed a while ago that she loves her job, we had the sinking feeling she wasn’t referring to her job as Calendar Editor. We have tried to ignore her increasingly frequent pleas that she has become too busy in her new work, but last week the Calendar stopped coming. This time she may mean it. In her three-and-a-half years here, Kate has played a more important role than any title on the masthead would suggest. She has sold ads, she has helped raise money, she was instrumental in organizing the Scholz Garden radio debates we co-sponsored with KLBJ-AM this spring and summer. She has also been an emotional ballast for both the business and the editorial sides of this sometimes pitching and tossing enterprise. We won’t say we’ll miss her, because we don’t really believe that she’ll be gone. But there is that matter of getting the Calendar done. True to form, Kate had the answer on what to do about that. She recommended Elisa Lyles to take over the Social Cause Calendar. Elisa, an Austinite-in-theknow, has generously agreed to do it. Send news of events, at least three weeks in advance, to her attention. 22 OCTOBER 28, 1988