The 6th-annual Moonlight Margarita Run is a 5K road race on the Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Proceeds will benefit The Trail Foundation, which protects the hike-and-bike trail surrounding Lady Bird Lake; the money will be used to renovate the Johnson Creek Trailhead, the path's busiest trailhead. The race starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2010.
Visitors to Austin Free-Net’s computer labs can bolster typing skills, build a resume to submit to potential employers, and embark on the online-job-application process. However, in order to maintain the health of the labs’ systems, its computers run a program that wipes hard drives after each client completes a session, preventing them from saving their work. Austin Free-Net would like to equip those who complete a computer course—such as basic skills or Word basics—with a 1-gigabyte flash drive. The drive contains enough storage space for users to save numerous documents and its portability will allow users to carry their information anywhere they go.
With its pitch-black dinner events, The Austin Blind Cafe provides a work opportunity and platform to express experiences for Austinites who are blind; it also provides an opportunity for guests to experience an evening without sight. St. Martin's Lutheran Church will throw open its doors for the event, held August 18–20, leading participants into its facility under complete darkness. After presenting a family style, three-course meal, the blind wait staff will engage in a question-and-answer session about blindness, discussing spatial awareness and sensory deprivation. A dark-chocolate dessert will conclude the evening, followed by a live performance of original music from Rosh & One Eye Glass Broken, which weaves viola, cello, guitar, and voice into an enchanting aural experience.
Single Jingles advocates for men to conduct self-examinations once a month to discover signs of testicular cancer and prevent long-term harm, through materials including shower cards, educational brochures, and on the organization's website. Testicular self-exam shower cards hang in the shower and remind men to perform the simple procedure once a month. Single Jingles would like to distribute 1,600 educational shower cards to central Texas health centers, but the organization requires additional funding to accomplish this goal.
The Urban Roots program places active youth ages 14 to 17 in the role of paid "farm interns," in which they are responsible for the bounty of a 3.5-acre farm in East Austin. Sixty percent of the farm interns' sustainably grown harvests is sold at farmers' markets and farm stands—with all proceeds reinvested into the program—and the remaining 40% is donated to local hunger-relief programs. Though produce and prices vary depending on the season and other market prices, green-thumbed growers typically have fresh carrots ($3.50/bundle), radishes ($2.50), collard greens ($3/bundle), okra ($4/pound), spinach ($8/pound), basil/dill ($3/bundle), and much more.