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Arts and Service Celebration

This weeklong event provides professional and educational opportunities for veterans and military family members interested in pursuing the arts. See website for schedule and registration info. Oct. 19-25. Free.

Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd., 512/499-8914

www.artsandservice.org

Beautify Bash

Keep Austin Beautiful launches its yearly Beautify Austin with this shindig. Learn how you can help while enjoying live music, drinks, and appetizers. 6:30-8:30pm. $25 suggested donation.

The Great Outdoors, 2730 S. Congress, 512/448-2992

www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/beautify_bash_rsvp

Cosplay Costume Combine

There will be professional cosplayers (what do you know about Fifi Switchblade!?), so bring your A-game. With three different costume contests (kids, adults, and group), plus silent auctions and a tattoo raffle, you're bound to meet new friends. 1-4pm. Free.

Capstone Comics, 1745 W. Anderson

www.facebook.com/events/731254320256153

Fall Backyard Ball

Explore Austin hosts this bocce ball tournament ($140 for a team of four) with food and drinks to keep you limber. 6pm. $25.

Big Red Sun, 1102 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/480-0688

www.exploreaustin.org/fall-backyard-ball

Game On Austin

Game On Austin

Come and play new and upcoming games from local developers. The Austin Chronicle and SXSW Gaming invite video game makers to show off their creations and let the public know what's being made right in their own town. A live, illustrated choose-your-own-adventure story will keep the action coming before chiptune bands take the stage at 9pm. 6-10pm. $3 (kids free).

Empire Control Room, 606 E. Seventh

austinchronicle.com/gameon

Pease Park Fall Fundraiser

Pease Park Conservancy hosts this gala to help implement plans for continued restoration to this historic green space. 6-9pm. $75.

Caswell House, 1404 West Ave., 262/370-2629

www.peasepark.org

ReuseConex Conference and Expo

Three days of various events explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work in the modern world. Thu.-Sat., Oct 23-25, see website for schedule. $175-385.

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, 6000 Middle Fiskville, 512/451-5757

www.reuseconex.org

Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman

www.socialcyclingaustin.org

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Call for Platelet Donors

The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266

www.inyourhands.org