The Front Porch teams up with The Window and All Saints’ Episcopal Church to host a city-wide garage sale benefiting the children of Loro Village in Northern Uganda

All Saints also announces this year’s Easter Vigil on April 15 at Scholz Garten with live performances by Kevin Russell of Shinyribs, Sam Baker, Body Rock ATX, Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Jimi Calhoun, The Djembabes, Gregory Eaton, Chucky Black and more

The Front Porch, in collaboration with The Window and All Saints’ Episcopal Church, is proud to present a very special event, the “Love for Loro” City-Wide Garage Sale on May 5 and 6, 2017. From now until July 31, students from schools, clubs, teams and faith communities across Austin are partnering to raise $35,000 to purchase hard rubber shoes and vitally important menstrual kits for all the students at Loro Primary School in Loro Village in Northern Uganda. The garage sale is open to the public and will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5 and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at East Space located at 2009 Airport Blvd., Austin, Texas 78721. Please see the below information on where to drop off items for the garage sale and other upcoming Front Porch events. See http://www.frontporchaustin.org/events for more information.

“Many of the Loro students must walk upwards of five miles a day without any shoes at all at a constant risk for infection, and many of the female students miss weeks of school a year due to a lack of proper care,” said Stephen Kinney, Executive Director of the Front Porch. “The ‘Love for Loro’ project seeks to assuage these urgent needs, and our desire is that the ‘Love for Loro’ Garage Sale will provide 20 percent of our goal. Donations for the sale are currently being accepted. Members of the Austin community may drop off their sellable, no longer needed items and turn into shoes for children who desperately need them.”

Donations can be made at the drop zones no later than Wednesday, May 3. Items needed are clothes, furniture, collectibles, musical instruments, electronics, books, movies, games, office supplies, accessories, jewelry, tools, kitchenware, dishes, toys, sporting goods, tents and tarps, lawn-care/gardening items, bikes, skateboards and more.

Drop off locations include:

DROP ZONE A: EAST SPACE (2009 Airport Blvd.) All large items (over 50 pounds) and furniture must be dropped off here. All items accepted. Items may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, starting on March 23. Not available on holidays.

DROP ZONE B: ALL SAINTS’ EPISCOPAL CHURCH (209 W. 27th St.) No furniture or large items. Please drop all items in the foyer or in the church office. Items may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday-Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, starting April 17. Not available on holidays.

For any questions, please contact Riley Webb, LFL Program Coordinator at 936-635-6393 or riley@windowaustin.org.

OTHER HAPPENINGS WITH THE FRONT PORCH: The Front Porch would like to announce this year’s Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 15 at Scholz Garten. The vigil will start at 7:59 p.m. and will be one of their most well-attended events of the year with more than 400 expected guests. There will be live performances by Kevin Russell of Shinyribs, Sam Baker, Body Rock ATX, Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Jimi Calhoun, The Djembabes, Gregory Eaton, Chucky Black and more. The video from last year’s vigil can be viewed here.

On Thursday, April 20 the Front Porch presents “Unplugged on The Front Porch with Eliza Gilkyson” at All Saints’ Episcopal Church at 7 p.m.

The Front Porch is emerging as Austin’s singular “Pub Church” and meets most Sunday evenings at Scholz Garten at 5:30 p.m. for continuing dialogue over a season-long topic with insights from some of Austin’s best and brightest. This Winter/Spring season’s Pub Church theme is “Beauty will save the world.”

“The Front Porch is a nonprofit Public House Church that brings together the diverse conviviality of a village pub and the meaningful discourse of a good church community,” said Stephen Kinney, Executive Director of the Front Porch. “We strive to create opportunities for people of all faiths and perspectives to connect through dialogue, art and music in a world often divided by religion, politics and culture.”

Upcoming Front Porch Pub Church dates and speakers include:

• March 26: Beauty of the Transcendent with Frank Richardson and Betty Soo
• April 2: Beauty of Hospitality with NPR’s John Burnett and David Pulkingham
• April 9: The Beauty of Contemplation with Jeff Genung and Ali Holder
• April 15: FRONT PORCH EASTER VIGIL (Saturday: starts at 7:59 PM)
• April 23: The Beauty of the Earth with Scott Sabin and Paul Finley
• April 30: Beauty of Dialogue with Michael Benedikt and Philip Marshall
• May 7: The Beauty of Dance with Stephen Mills and Shawnee Kilgore
• May 14: The Beauty of Mothers with Shanny Lott and Aaron Hale
• May 21: The Beauty of Public Art with Allison Orr and Jimmy LaFave

“Join us at 5:30 p.m. and see how conversation, live music and inclusive communion help create a church service unlike any other,” said Kinney. “In addition to the pub church meet-ups at Scholz Garten, we host multiple gatherings each month at various venues across Austin—we happen where compassionate community and practical spirituality meet.”

For more information on The Front Porch, please see: http://www.frontporchaustin.org.