CHARITY: One sign of a good get-together is the free flow of speech. For instance, at a Well Aware party that encouraged water philanthropy, Jean and Bob Warneke spoke about birding, travel and history. Greg Davis referred to his movie, "Cloth Paper Dreams," which is headed out on the festival circuit, while Turk Pipkin talked about his water and school charity in Kenya, as well as his long links to the Llano River. Sarah Evans, founder of this fine group which partners with other outfits to provide clean water in Kenya, encouraged others do the "water walk," which shows tough it is for Africans to lug 40-pound jugs of water form distant locales. All this in the first hour or so at the Parish Underground.

CHARITY 2: Mobile Loaves and Fishes project underway. Taken from Marty Toohey’s excellent story in the Statesman: "Big Rock Candy Mountain" is an old folk song about a homeless person’s paradise, a place where hens lay soft-boiled eggs and someone can find a smoke by reaching up into the trees and the drinks flow down little streams. Alan Graham, a devout man with a sly sense of humor, chuckles as he points out the "Big Rock Candy Mountain" sign. The whimsical image is painted onto a small stage on a scrubby 27-acre plot just east of Austin. Sometime next year, that scrubland will have been turned into an apparently first-of-its-kind housing project for the chronically homeless run by Graham’s outreach ministry, Mobile Loaves and Fishes." http://shar.es/1agtgJ

HISTORY: More than 100 stories about Austin found here. Taken from our local history page: "In 1963, Jeff Bomer helped a man out by purchasing 100 brushy acres near Round Rock for $100 an acre. In 1975, the former Austin computer salesman turned around and sold the land to the president of Austin Savings for $2,500 an acre. "Back then, the most popular high-end restaurant was called the Barn," Bomer recalls of Austin in the 1960s. "You walked in and got a big, huge chunk of cheese on the table. A big trip was to drive to Salado to have dinner and drive back. That was the best we could do." Sharp-eyed Bomer, 77, has witnessed a lot during his 55 or so years working in Central Texas. Now slightly stooped, he still shows up every workday to the Arboretum offices of Kennedy Wilson, the Beverly Hills-based real estate services and investment firm." mystatesman.com/s/life/austin-history