Lucia's Garden, Full Moon Meditation (a
meditation for women) 7:30-9:30pm, $10. 2942
Virginia at Alabama. For info call, 523-6494.
Women of Color Support Group Social Cultural
Gatherings/Pot Luck at "A New Way", 5906
Dolores. For info, call 784-6511. See also April 12
The Women's Group will gather at the
beachhouse. No scheduled speaker.
Mother's Web Monthly Pot Luck Lunch /
Picnic / BBQ 1-4 P.M. at Russ Pittman Park in
Bellaire, exit 610 at Evergreen and go 2 blocks
east (inside the loop) to the corner of Evergreen
and Newcastle. Non-mothers can network with
feminist mothers & their kids on the third Sunday
each month at the park. FMI, call Nancy at
Lesbians Over Age Fifty (LOAF) meets the third
Sunday of each month, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., now
at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475
West Gray. The mailing address is still P.O.B.
980601 Houston, Tx. 77098. For more info, call
AMIGA de Houston meets on the third Sunday of
each month at 5:00 pm for our business meeting
and potluck dinner. While the focus of this group is
Latina/Lesbiana - all mujeres interested in getting
active are invited to join us. FMI, call 520-5667.
Lucia's Garden, Italian Country Cooking,
6:30-9:30pm $35. Use fresh vegetables, herbs and
pastas in the Italian Country style. Menu includes
a Mediterranean Salad with olive oil and herbs,
Italian mushroom caps, Pasta Primavera with
roasted red peppers and other delicacies. 2942
Virginia. For info, 523-6494.
Lesbian/Gay Pride Week - General Meeting on
the third Tuesday each month, 7pm at the
Multi-purpose Center, 1475 W. Gray. For info,
Roller Skating Party will NOT be held at the
Carousel Skating Rink. The floor was destroyed in
the recent Houston flood. The owners do not plan
to re-open. See Saturday, April 4 for a joint
MAC/MCCR skate nite at a new location.
Free Self Defense and Awareness Class offered by
Houston Area National Organization for Women
at Shape Community Center, 3901 Almeda Road
at 7pm. For information, call 668-9008.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Harris County
Medical Society Family Violence Dial-a-Doctor
Program. 7-9am and 6-9pm. For info, call
Women's Network*, Stress and Women.
Presented by Dr. Patricia Salvato, Medical
Director of the Houston Immunological Institute.
The Women's Network meets the 2nd and 4th
Wednesdays at the Montrose Counseling Center,
900 Lovett, 2nd floor 7:00-9pm. FMI, call
Lucia's Garden, Introduction to Aromatherapy.
Three session class on the history and uses of
essential oils, the most potent form of herbal
energy. These ancient fragrant essences stimulate,
rejuvenate, relax and enliven. Each student will
prepare an aromatic bath to take home. $65 + $11
materials fee. Wednesdays, April 22, 29 & May 6.
Lesbian/Bi-Sexual Support Group led by Rolanda
Teal, "A New Way", 5960 Dolores will meet on
Thursdays thru May 14 from 7-9:30pm. Open to all
women. Let's explore the myths, fears and
misinformation that keep us from having the
closely connected relationships we want.784-6511
Fourth Friday Socials, open social gathering at
MCCR for fellowship and snacks, play cards,
board games. 7pm MCCR Fellowship Hall, 1919
Follow the Yellow Brick Road! Fundraiser -
Kickoff event - One year to go - The 1993 March
on Washington for Lesbian, Gay & Bi Equal
Rights and Liberation, 7:30 to 10:30. Efforts to
mobilize over one million people to take part in
march and related events. Yellow bricks will be
sold which will help attendees win prizes.
Entertainment and refreshments. Location to be
announced; listen to Gay/Lesbian programming on
KPFT 90.1 FM for updates. $5 and up donation.
For info 521-0780.
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Women of Color Support Group. Meets from
4:00-7:00pm at "A New Way", 5906 Dolores, Suite
202 (off Fountain View, between Richmond and
Westheimer). For info, call 784-6511. See also
April 12 and April 18.
Early Sexual Memories Workshop - Linda Bedre,
9:30am to 4:30pm at "A New Way", 5906 Dolores,
Lucia's Garden, Spicewood Pottery Spring Show
thru Sunday. 2942 Virginia, 523-6494.
The Women's Group, Kara Debusk - Mercy by
Andrea Dworkin. Join us as Kara leads us in an
intriguing review and discussion of Mercy written
by one of the most passionate feminist
writer/authors today. The Women's Group meets
at First Unitarian Church, 5210 Fannin, 10am in
the Sojourner Truth Room upstairs. For more
information, call Iris 529-8571 or Janet 942-7717.
LIB (Lesbians In Business) Picnic, Softball and
more aVthe Multi-cultural Service Center, 1475
West Gray from 12-6pm. For info, call 529-0077.
Lucia's Garden Spring Fairy Festival, 12-5pm.
Come join the festivities with the Fairies that
inhabit Lucia's Garden. Share the tiny Dew Drop
Pancakes and Elf Scones, Rosemary Punch and
other munchkin morsels the Fairies leave here. A
Spring Open House and Celebration. 2942
Virginia off Alabama.
Pride Week Beach Party, Pacific Street, 710
Pacific For info, call 529-6979.
Food Stuff led by Kathy Sitarski, "A New Way",
5906 Dolores, 7-9pm. An opportunity to release
underlying feelings about food distress. Use the
support of a group to recover a healthier way of
Heart Strings 1992 - The AIDS Memorial Quilt
and you: An event in 3 Acts, Houston will be one
of the 35 cities to host this event to raise $5
million for direct care and AIDS awareness
education, Jones Hall, 615 Lousiana, 8pm. Tickets
are available through the Montrose Counseling
Center (MCC) for $25, $50, $100 and $250. The
price of each ticket that MCC sells will be
returned to the Center for the HIV/AIDS Program
two-fold. Make ticket payment at 900 Lovett, Suite
203. You will receive ticket directly from DIFFA.
For info, call 529-0037.
Take Back the Night March at 7pm at the Transco
Tower - Wall of Water. For info, call 528-6798.
FUTURE 1992 EVENTS
May 9, Saturday March on Washington 1993,
National Meeting, 10am to 5pm in Dallas at
Gay/Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Regan. For
May 16 - 1992 WOMEN'S WEEKEND-Montrose
Counseling Center. The theme of this event is
"Womeft and Work". Workshops and lectures will
be presented on topics of interest to women in the
workplace today. These areas include sexual
harassment, surviving the recession, leaving
corporate America & starting your own company,
empowerment through politics, and others. The
cost of $30 is the same as the last Weekend and
will include a light luncheon. Scholarships will be
made available for those lesbians who need
assistance with the cost of the workshop and
contributions to this fund will be welcomed.
Further details on the Weekend will be coming as
plans are confirmed. Contact Lee Willis at
529-0037 for further information.
THE BIG MAMA STORIES
by Shay Youngblood
141 The Commons, Ithaca, New York 14580
black/womens' studies, 106 pp, softcover $8.95
Shay Youngblood was born and raised in the Deep
South of the '60s and says she was "raised by some
of the wisest women to see the light of day." You
better believe it! Her BIG MAMA STORIES are
some of the best yet to be offered from this
publisher of excellent lesbian literature. Several of
The Mamas have been adapted for stage in
Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery. Others just curl
into your heart and lend strength and truths to be
withdrawn ad lib.
The marrator's biological mother, Fannie Mae,
may have died from dancing, or because she was
too pretty, but Miss Corine said it was because she
was a colored woman living in the backward
South, and it was before 1956, when integration,
equal opportunities, and civil rights
demonstrations were on all the TVs and
newspapers. Miss Corine knew, too, because she
ran the beauty shop on Front Street, and she was
in a position to know everybody's life, first, second
and third hand.
Raised by her Big Mama (who wasn't bid, or even
a relative, "She was regular. An old Black woman
who had a gift for seeing with her heart. Her body
was warm and full of soft places to lean into,") and
other big mamas, the girlchild remembers Miss
Tom and Miss Lily, who were "sisters alright, but
it ain't by blood," and who loved each other with
their eyes wide open; Miss Rosa, who was the
kindest, most soft-spirited soul living on God's
green earth, but whose habits would drive Jesus to
take a drink of whiskey. One of her habits was her
pets, cats, roosters, snakes, dead and alive. But
the killer was her monkey.
The heartbreaker story is the one that has been
told over and over until it is true, and Spit in The
Governer's Tea is a faithful retelling again. There
are portraits of good women feeling bad, the
flim-flam man, women who saw signs in advice
they offered to help her survive as a woman in the
white man's world is universal: Keep your own
mony - be independent. Stand up for yourself.
Keep faith in the Lord. And from Big Mama, "If
you don't remember nothing else I tell you, baby,
you remember this: if you got to dance or dream or
anything at all, take it a step at a time and don't
let nothing and nobody get in your way when you
be doing right. I ain't saying it's gonna be easy,
but we all got a dance to do. You remember this,
book review by Jazz Paz
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance
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ages 16 to 22, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM,
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