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MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER A black tie Valentine’s ball to raise money for college scholarships for needy Austin high school seniors is being sponsored by the Austin Area Hispanic Journalists and Greater Southwest Optimist Club. The ball is scheduled for February 3 at the Doubletree Hotel off Interstate 35 and U.S. 290 in Austin. Music will be provided by the Ramiro Cervero Orchestra from San Antonio, and the ball will start at 8 p.m. Admission is $50 per couple and $30 per person and includes breakfast after the event. Tickets can be purchased at David’s Food Store, 2101 South First; Limon’s Bakery, 900 Vargas Street; Cadillac Bar and Restaurant, 1111 Red River; Estrada’s Cleaners and Formal Wear, 2618 East Seventh Street. Call NATIVE AMERICAN ART Blood Beat, a one-person exhibit featuring the large word-paintings of a Native American artist, will be on view at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. The exhibit opens January 19 and will run through February 17, and features the work of Oklahoma artist Edgar Heap of Birds. The museum is located at 419 AUSTIN OPENING Galeria Sin Fronteras will present a group exhibit featuring a selection of monotypes by artists from Austin, Los Angeles, and Mexico. The exhibition is set for a January 20 opening and is scheduled to run until February 10. The monotypes in the exhibit reflect a variety of styles, techniques, and concepts of the rich stock of contemporary Latino artists working in the United States and Mexico. The gallery is located in Austin at 1211 E. 7th Street. An opening reception is 9448. LAS MANITAS ARTWORK For years, Las Manitas Avenue Cafe in Austin has been a center for political and OBSERVANCES January 6, 1927 U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua. January 6, 1937 Abraham Lincoln Brigade formed to fight Spanish fascism. January 7, 1953 President Truman announces development of H-bomb. January 9, 1964 U.S. troops kill 21 protesters in Panama Canal Zone. January 12, 1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded in Atlanta. January 14, 1981 President Carter authorizes sending combat equipment to the Salvadoran junta. January 17, 1970 Chicano activists gather in Crystal City, Texas, to found La Raza Unida Party. artistic gatherings. This month Las Manitas will host an exhibit opening for Marjorie L. Lawler. The exhibit kicks off January 14 at 6 p.m. Music will be provided. REFUGEE ASSISTANCE BOOK DRIVE Poet/Novelist Sandra Cisneros has organized a book drive to provide reading material for detainees held in the Immigration and Naturalization Service Detention Center in Laredo. Cisneros recently visited the center to conduct interviews for a work in progress and was disturbed to find few books or reading material. Books and magazines in English or Spanish for adults or children are requested. Some detainees are held for up to two years. For information call Leander L. Bethel, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, to Laredo Refugee Assistance Council, P.O. Box 3338, Laredo, Texas 780443338. CANDIDATE FORUM Public Citizen, Ralph Nader’s advocacy group, and other public interest organizations are sponsoring a candidates’ forum on consumer and environmental issues. The conference is scheduled for January 20 and 21 in Austin at the Crest Inn, First Street at Congress Avenue. Candidates for major statewide offices have been invited. In addition, a strategy session will be held at the Public Citizen offices on January 21 to discuss the goals of Public Citizen. Registration fees are $15 at the door and $10 by mail. Lunch is $7. Conference checks payable to Beginning the Nineties should be mailed to Public Citizen, 1205 Nueces, Austin, Texas A HISTORIC MUSEUM The new Texas Museum of Natural History at 100 Congress Avenue and First Street in Austin was founded to house the Genesis Exhibit, a collection of over 100 fossil casts gathered from the major museums of North America. The exhibit also includes a series of oil paintings of the specimens by Texas artist Michael Peschka. Museum hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. A $2 donation is requested to pay for future exhibits and administrative costs. Special tours are available. Call 322-3205. ROE VS. WADE CELEBRATIONS January 22 marks the 17th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision and celebrations are planned across the state. In Austin, the Texas Abortion Rights Action League is hosting Celebration of Choice January 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Austin Opera House. Ro-tel and the Hot Tomatos, Ethyl and Methyl, and the Taptations will provide entertainment. Tickets start at $15. Call also planned in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. For the San Antonio party call 4495. For Houston call Teri Zambon at trying to disentangle what the numbers mean and what kind of a future they hold for this city. “I’m not saying it’s healthy,” Reyes Lujan says. But Reyes Lujan continues to jog he just waits until after the thermal inversions lift. He suggests that if things were as bad as some of the personnel guides for certain Western embassies suggest, there would be a mass exodus from the city. Finally he offers the California Comparison. Mexico has had four years dealing with this problem, he says. Los Angeles has had over 30. What do they have to show for it? Hmmm. I want to tell Reyes Lujan that I have never even been to California. But I do remember my first trip to Mexico. I want to tell him about hopping on a bus in Dallas, September 16, 1976 \(even then the air was far from transparent, but much that I’ve lived here for two years, and that the stars have long since fallen from my eyes, only to be replaced by carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, ozone and the indescribable horrors known as suspended particles. Instead I just say that it doesn’t matter whether one more gringo journalist leaves Mexico, but where are all the Chilangos the residents of Mexico City going to go? What happens to the people who can’t afford to get away for the weekend? And then we say good-bye and I wish him luck. SOCIAL CAUSE CALENDAR THE TEXAS OBSERVER 31