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    Back to School Educator Appreciation Weekends

    Pre-K to 12th grade educators enjoy 25% off most books, toys, games, movies, and music in store and online.
    Through Sept. 15. Saturdays & Sundays
    Austin-area Barnes & Noble Booksellers
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    Barn Bash: Homecoming Dance

    This is the annual fundraiser for Healing with Horses Ranch, a nonprofit equine therapy center that works with at-risk individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans. This year's attire is retro semiformal, so don a look from your past.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 6-11:30pm. $65.
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    BMX Safety Youth Program Fall Enrollment

    Among the lessons students will learn are personal development, BMX bicycle safety, bicycle handling and maneuvers, bicycle care and maintenance, and BMX ethics in the park.
    Various locations
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    Code Chica

    Code Chica is Latinitas' free eight-week session for girls ages 14-18 to gain knowledge about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create their own websites.
    Through Oct. 26. Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Free.  
    Latinitas, 1023 Springdale Rd. Bldg. 9-E
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    Cultural Funding FY19 Final Report Workshop

    All cultural funding recipients will learn how to complete the FY19 Final Report for Core, Capacity Building, Cultural Heritage Festivals, and Community Initiatives programs.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 1pm  
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    Cultural Funding FY20 Pre-Contract Orientation

    Learn the contractual requirements for all contractors as well as the steps for completing the pre-contract materials for Core and Cultural Heritage Festivals cultural funding recipients.
    Sat., Sept. 14, noon  
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    Curbside Composting Informational Open House

    Learn how the composting carts work, what can be composted, and best practices for food scrap collection.
    Sat., Sept. 14, noon-2pm  
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    Diez y Seis de Septiembre

    Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with this all-day festival featuring a variety of Tejano and conjunto bands, including David Farias Band and Lesley Reynaga, as well as kids' activities, food, arts & crafts, and more.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 10am-10pm. Before 2pm, free; 2-10pm, $5.  
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    Dog Days of Summer

    Latchkey is throwing a dog adoption party, featuring the adoptable doggos of Austin Dog Rescue, local vendors selling treats, and more doggone fun.
    Sat., Sept. 14, noon-3pm. Free.  
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    Eastside Kings Festival

    If you love the blues, this classic Austin festival is for you. Spanning several venues on the Eastside of town, this blues bash features a formidable lineup Saturday and Sunday. The fest kicks off with an opening night party on Fri., Sept. 13, at Antone's Nighclub and closes out with an afterparty Tue., Sept. 17, at Justine's Brasserie. See here for lineup.
    Sat.-Sun., Sept. 14-15. Wristbands, $20.  
    Multiple locations
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    Family Saturday: Art Buffet

    The Contemporary will bring all the materials; you bring your imagination! Make a colorful work of art inspired by Jessica Stockholder and her unusual artmaking style.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 11am-3pm. Free with RSVP.  
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    Festival Beach Community Garden Monthly Workday

    It's time to start getting ready for fall planting, so come out and help clean up communal areas and habitat areas in the community garden.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 8am-noon. Free.  
    Festival Beach Community Garden, 35 Waller
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    Fortnite Frenzy

    Participate in this e-sports competition for the chance to win prizes and giveaways.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 11am-2pm. Free, but registration required.  
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    Girl Scout Showcase

    This come-and-go event is a great opportunity to experience some of the fun and friendship that Girl Scouts of Central Texas has to offer, featuring hands-on activities and the chance to earn new badges. Family and nonmembers welcome, too.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 10am-2pm. Free.  
    Girl Scouts of Central Texas Kodosky Center, 12012 Park Thirty-Five Cir.
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    Huston-Tillotson Volleyball

    Vs. University of the Southwest.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 1pm  
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    Out of Town

    Kolache Festival

    Located in the "Kolache Capital of Texas," the 35th annual fest celebrates the revitalization of Czech heritage with a kolache bake show, live polka, a quilt show, and more.
    Sat., Sept. 14. Free.  
    Caldwell
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    Lake Travis in the Water Boat Show

    This is a can't-miss event for boating enthusiasts. Expect deals on sailboats, pontoons, fishing boats, and more. Sail & Ski Center, Austin Boats & Motors, and South Austin Marine will be exhibiting at the show.
    Fri.-Sun., Sept. 13-15. Free.
    Hurst Harbor Marina, 16405 Clara Van St.
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    Leashes and Lemonade

    Join Wags, Hope and Healing for drinks and puppy cuddles. Wags, Hope and Healing is a nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds homes for animals that have been abandoned.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 5-7:30pm  
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    Love It, Lock It Safety Festival

    The Austin Police and Fire departments and other orgs will be in attendance to provide personal safety tips and habits. Additionally, the event is raising money and hosting a hygiene drive for SAFE Alliance.
    Sat., Sept. 14, noon-4pm. Free.  
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    Moonlight Cruise

    Technically this is happening on Sunday morning. It's an annual tradition of the full moon ride group. Meet on the bridge at 2am and depart around 2:15-2:30am.
    Sun., Sept. 15, 2am. Free.  
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    Murder Walk Austin

    This true-crime walking tour takes you on the morbid journey of America's first serial killer, "The Midnight Assassin" (aka "Servant Girl Annihilator"), who terrorized Austin in 1885. The walk covers two miles of historic Austin at a leisurely pace, plus a drink stop at the Driskill Hotel.
    Through Nov. 30. Fridays & Saturdays, 8pm. $40 (ages 13+ only).  
    Departs from intersection of Bowie & W. Sixth
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    National Drive Electric Week in Austin Celebration

    This is a fun-filled and informative event that gives the community a chance to learn about, drive, and ride electric vehicles. The event will include ride-and-drive opportunities by various dealerships, speaker panels, kids' activities, and more.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 10am-2pm. Free.  
    Smart Charge America, 2016 Centimeter Cir.
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    Peak Pilates Teacher Training Workshop

    Peak Pilates is a Pilates Method Alliance-recognized program for those interested in becoming a Pilates instructor. The four-month workshop will include apprenticeship opportunities.
    Weekend one: Fri.-Sun., Aug. 16-18; weekend two: Fri.-Sun., Sept. 13-15; weekend three: Fri.-Sun., Oct. 11-13; weekend four: Fri.-Sun., Nov. 15-17. Price varies.  
    Austin Pilates Barn, 1300 Northwood Rd.
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    Peoples Rx Health Fair

    Free health screenings like zinc, iodine, blood glucose, and more, plus free talks from practitioners on topics like diabetes, weight loss, and leaky gut.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 10am-2pm. Free.  
    Peoples Wellness Center (North), 13860-B U.S. 183 N.
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    Round Rock Express

    On Friday (Sept. 13), the Express face off against the Sacramento River Cats in Game 3 of the Pacific Coast League Championship. The series is best-of-five, so Games 4 (Sept. 14) and 5 (Sept. 15) happen only if necessary.
    Fri., Sept. 13, 7:05pm; Sat., Sept. 14, 7:05pm (if necessary); Sun., Sept. 15, 1:05pm (if necessary). $7-35.  
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    Selection, Planting and Care of Your Trees Gardening Seminar

    Travis County Master Gardener Jerry Naiser helps folks get ready for the upcoming tree planting season (Oct.-April in Central Texas.)
    Sat., Sept. 14, 10am-noon. Free with park entrance fee.  
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    Southwestern University Volleyball

    Vs. Concordia (Texas): Sat., Sept. 14, 2pm. Vs. East Texas Baptist: Mon., Sept. 16, 6pm  
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    Stronger Austin Day

    Families are invited to enjoy basketball, Zumba, cooking demos, health screenings, raffle prizes, and more. Stronger Austin engages a network of community organizations to build a healthier, more equitable Austin through free health, nutrition, and fitness activities.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 10am-1pm. Free.  
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    Strut Your Mutt

    This dog walk includes doggie yoga, pet portraits, music, contests, and more, all to help stop the killing of dogs and cats in shelters.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 9am-noon. $20-25.  
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    Out of Town

    Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival

    Festival authors have written books on archaeology, cookbooks, historical fiction, and anything related to Texas. Authors will sell their books, while the community has the opportunity to learn more about these writers' craft.
    Fri.-Sat., Sept. 13-14
    Giddings
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    The Best Makeup Class Ever

    This makeup class is for anyone wanting to learn everyday makeup looks.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 2:30-4:30pm. $25.
    Just Jill Beauty and Wellness Spa, 5555 N. Lamar Blvd Ste. J-111
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    Trash Makeover Challenge

    Fashion designers, stylists, and models create original fashionable outfits out of recycled and recovered materials with this year's theme: Sheroes & Heroes.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 6-10pm. $55.  
    Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, 2312 San Gabriel St.
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    True Athlete Games

    Want to see how fast you can run, how high you can jump, or what your new PR is? This event will test your speed, endurance, strength, power, and speed through various exercise challenges.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 9am-1pm. $30.  
    Outright Fitness and Performance, 15508 Bratton #625
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    Turtle Creek Neighborhood Cleanup

    Help keep your neighborhood clean with the Austin Code Department in partnership with Austin Police Department, Austin Resource Recovery and Keep Austin Beautiful.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 8am-noon  
    Odom Elementary School, 1010 Turtle Creek Blvd
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    Turtle Creek Neighborhood Cleanup

    Join Austin Code to help clean up illegal dumping in the area.
    Sat., Sept. 14, 8am-noon. Free.  
    822 Sahara Ave.
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    We Are Blood: New Shirt on the Block for Double Donors

    Folks who donate at least twice between Sept. 1-Nov. 30 will receive a Sustaining Donor card for an exclusive T-shirt that can be redeemed at the end of November.
    Sept. 1-Nov. 30. Free.  
    Austin-area We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Whole Kids Foundation Open Application for School Gardens & Bee Programs Grants

    These grants are valued at $2,000 and available for K-12 schools and nonprofits. Find info on the grant programs plus details on the application processes and best practices at www.wholekidsfoundation.org.
    Sept. 1-Oct. 15
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    You Sing! Vocal Performance Workshop

    Pamela Hart and Tatiana “Lady May” Mayfield facilitate topics such as improvisation, microphone techniques, and more. Participants will work with a live band and receive group and personal coaching.
    Sat., Sept. 14, noon-4pm. $45; students, $35.

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