Pre-Holiday Buzz

By Diane Holloway

30665-christmas-decorationsIn case we haven’t said so lately, Trinity Center has the best neighbors, volunteers, staff and board of directors ever. And that’s a good thing because we’re busier than ever right now. Planning is underway for the December 15th Christmas Party featuring gifts, food and music for 200 of our neighbors. Small donations equal big gifts because we are ordering in bulk. A $20 donation will buy a winter-worried neighbor a warm hoodie and fleece blanket. Bring or send your check to Trinity Center, 304 E. 7th St., Austin 78701.

As part of Make A Difference Day, a national community service event, Trinity Center will be the beneficiary of a wonderful concert in St. David’s Bethell Hall, so please mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. This music is guaranteed to lift your spirits. St. David’s ‘Joyful Noise’ Youth Choir will join with the students of Patches King’s piano studio to present a program of wide-ranging works from Ellington to Bach. Admission is free with an unwrapped gift of socks, knit hats, gloves or mufflers. Or you can just bring a check made out to Trinity Center to donate to the Christmas party.

Also on the weekend of Nov. 9-10, the always-spectacular Art From the Streets Show & Sale will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center. If you’ve never gone to one of these shows, be prepared to be amazed — and to spend some money. The art work is reasonably priced and the proceeds go directly to the artists. (I already have my eye on several pieces, so don’t get in my way on Nov. 10th!)

Finally, please consider supporting the Affordable Housing Bond. Early voting is Oct. 21-Nov. 1, and Election Day is Nov. 5. This is not a partisan issue, and it will not raise anybody’s tax rates. The bond money already exists, and this election will just decide if Austin is going to provide more housing for people who cannot afford our city’s soaring rental rates here. Preventing homelessness before it begins is a worthy goal. Click here for polling locations.