Don't miss this opportunity to share your ideas about communications issues with
other radio and television consumers, local broadcasters, advertisers and members
of community groups when the FCC's Consumer Assistance office comes to Houston
on September 26. The Public Participation Workshop is scheduled to take place at
the Marriott Astrodome, 2100 S. Braeswood. The one-day program is designed to
encourage increased public participation in the FCC's rulemaking proceedings. FCC
Commissioners and staff will answer questions and give guidance during the workshops. Registration is limited to 150 persons on a first come basis. To register, contact
Houston FCC representatives Martha Williford or Angelmira Rodriguez at 226-5624.
Did you know that the City of Houston, with the
third largest amount of incorporated land mass in the
nation now ranks 140th in park acreage, with only
6300 acres of park land. (Comparably, Dallas has
27,000 acres of park land.) The Park People a group
of citizens working to increase the amount of park
and open space in Houston/Harris County invites you
or your organization to become a member and to
take part in their programs. Call 228-0037 for membership information and make reservations for a
canoe trip up and down Buffalo Bayou on October
20. View the arboretum grounds from a new vantage
point. Bring a picnic lunch and stay for the Steering
Raffle: win a trip for 2 to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. $1.00 per ticket (no limit) 3 days
and 4 nights at the Pacific coast resort, all air transportation and notel paid. Drawing
September 27. Tickets available at B. D. and Daughter, The Bookstore, House of
Coleman, House of Coffee Beans, and Wilde 'n' Stein. Or order by mail from: The
Sue Bennett Fund, 1330 W. Pierce, Houston, 77019. Please enclose SASE with your
mail order. 527-8712 for more info.
To promote the use of the bicycle and to further the
work of the non-profit group, Two Wheel Transit
Authority, the TWTA will sponsor the Seventh Annual Houston Moonlight Bicycle Ramble. The Ramble is a leisurely paced two-hour bicycle ride around
Houston. All cyclists are invited to participate. This is
not a race.
Last year the Ramble attracted 1600 registrants.
The Ramble this year will be on Sunday morning,
October 7 at 2 a.m. Registration will begin 1 1 p.m.
Saturday night, October 6, near the zoo entrance at
Hermann Park. A variety of entertainment will precede the ride. The two-hour ride will end back at the park. Ride marshals will mark the
route and sag wagons and a first aid crew will be available along the route if they are
needed. There is a $1.50 registration fee.
WEAL, the Women's Equity Action League, has started a new program for the fall
meetings. On the 4th Thursday before each business meeting, an attorney will be available to answer questions and provide information about legal services in Houston. The
next scheduled meeting is on September 27 at 7 p.m. at 4600 Main (upsatirs).
Lupus is a mysterious disease affecting over one million Americans, mainly women (80-90%), frequently
of childbearing years. Many Lupus victims have been
misdiagnosed as either neurotic or psychotic. Many
women with lupus have been put in mental institutions because early detection is extremely difficult.
National Lupus Week is September 16-22 and the
Texas Lupus Erythematosus Society is anxious to
promote an awareness of this disease and foster a
greater understanding of the society's goals. To help
achieve these ends, they are sponsoring the First
Annual Texas Lupus Banquet Saturday, September
22 at the Whitehall Hotel, 1500 Jefferson, with cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by
dinner and a guest speaker. Tickets are $15.00 per person. For reservations call
477-2411 or 449-1259 or write Texas Lupus Erythematosus Society. P. O. Box 33158,
Houston, Texas 77033. Look for a story on lupus in an upcoming issue of Breakthrough.
Training sessions for Crisis Hotline Volunteers will be offered Monday through Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. during September. Crisis Hotline needs more
volunteers to handle the 60,000 calls it receives each year. Volunteers are from all
walks of life and all ages and need to be caring, non-judgemental and have the ability
to listen. Training sessions will include simulated phone calls on topics such as family
conflicts, suicide, rape and spouse abuse and drug problems. Volunteers work four
hours per week at the 24-hour crisis center. To request an application or more information, call 228-1505. If the line is busy, keep trying. By increasing the number of
volunteers, Crisis Hotline will be able to avoid the busy signal and handle more callers.
Breakthrough reported in June on artist Judy Chicago's monumental exhibition,
The Dinner Party, which symbolizes the history of women in Western culture.
At that time a Houston arts group, TACO, was trying to find a setting for the
exhibition in the Houson area.
"We've been working since February to find a way to bring The Dinner Party
here," said TACO representative Mary Ross Taylor. "We've had bad news and
we've had no news, but we've got good news now.
"No contracts have been signed," Taylor added, "so this is strictly an informal progress report. But it appears that The Dinner Party will be shown in
Houston by the University of Houston at Clear Lake City, thanks to the initiative of Dean Calvin Cannon and the support of Chancellor Alfred Neumann,
whose daughter is feminist artist Kiki Neumann."
Dean Cannon called TACO after hearing about The Dinner Party from
women at Clear Lake and reading about it in Breakthrough. His meeting with
Judy Chicago and,Diane Gelon on the west coast went extremely well, and it is
hoped a contract will make the arrangements formal very soon.
Tentative plans call for the show to be housed at the Arena Theater on the
Clear Lake campus. If the show opens March 5 as planned, it will be a featured
event of the 1980 Houston Festival (Main Street). "There will be lots of help
needed from the Houston community," said Taylor. "In addition to volunteers
to work on installation and to staff the exhibition, we'll be needing
money-about $40,000-to defray the costs of shipping and showing the large
and fragile exhibition.
"If the plans to bring the show work out, we'll move on to organizing a fund
drive," Taylor told Breakthrough. The effort will probably be coordinated by
the UH-CLC, TACO, and Houston Festival. Readers who would like to take
part in this project can volunteer by writing to TACO at 4601 University Oaks,
Houston, 77004, or by calling 527-8522 between 10 and 6 on weekdays.
Three Days for Women Only — Three Saturday workshops are planned by the Family
Service Center: Assertion Skills on September 15, Women and Stress on November 3,
and Women and Management on December 1. Pre-registration is required. To register
or for a free brochure or more information call the Family Service Center at 524-3881.
Tuition for each day is $25.00.
The Greater Houston Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners
will conduct a workshop Women: Get down to business, on Thursday, September 27
at the Summit Club. Marsha Elefant will head the workshop which will include an
in-depth study of personal business and financial problems as they affect all business-
people with special emphasis on women's problems in these areas. (Cocktails at 6:15
p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m.) Reservations must be made by
Wednesday noon, September 26, with Betsy Flack, BFBC, 2640 Fountainview, Ste.
106, Houston, TX 77057, or call 977-6710. Price $15 member; $30 non-members.
To commemorate the Conferencia Plastica Chicana, a Chicano/Latino visual arts exhibition will be held in Austin's Galeria Tonantzin (715 East 1st Street) from September
14 through October 12. The exhibit will feature the works of Chicano/Latino artists as
well as artists from Mexico and will reflect the visual artist's deep-rooted expressions
of her or his culture, lifestyle and ideology. A total of 33 workshops will be led by
some recognized artists such as: Raquel Tibol, art historian and author of Frida Khalo's
biography; Mario Orozco Rivera, Mexican muralist; Amado Maurilio Pena, well known
Chicano serigrapher; Carmen Lomas Garza, well known for her etchings and lithographs; and Leo Tanguma, recognized as one of the first Chicano muralists. Chicano
filmmakers will be showing films and conducting workshops. Adan Medrano, coordinator of the Chicano film festival, Jesus Trevino and Susana Racho recognized Chicano
filmmakers will be leading the workshops. For further information, contact the Centro
Cultural de LUCha, at 512/478-6532.