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    Early Voting

    Cast your ballot for the 2020 joint primaries early. Sites throughout the city and county will open polling places. Need help deciding who to vote for and learning the issues? Check out austinchronicle.com/elections for our ongoing coverage.
    Feb. 18-28
    Anywhere you see "Vote Here"
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    Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights

    This year’s symposium will focus on critical civil rights issues including racial disparities and the impact of voting and the U.S. census. Keynote by Ben Crump, author of Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People and a lawyer for the families of many Black Americans killed by police, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Botham Jean.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 4-7pm. Free.  
    Mulva Auditorium, 2501 Speedway, UT campus
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    The Original Harlem Globetrotters

    Their all-new “Pushing the Limits World Tour” dips into Austin for two days.
    Thu.-Fri., Feb. 27-28, 7pm. $24+.  
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    Austin Justice Coalition Art & Essay Contest

    A contest for young men of color grades 3-12 in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. Winners from each division will receive a $75 award and an award-winning book of their choice. Also looking for community members to participate as volunteer judges; find details and apply online.
    Feb. 13-April 1  
    Apply online
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    “The Texas Liberator: Witness to the Holocaust” Traveling Exhibit

    Part of the Texas Liberator Project, a collaboration between the Texas Holocaust Genocide Commission and Texas Tech University, this free exhibit features the oral histories of 21 Texan liberators of the Nazi concentration camps along with powerful photography, providing historical context for the Holocaust and World War II.
    Feb. 10-March 25. Free.  
    George H.W. Bush Gallery, The National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin St., Fredericksburg
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    Bubbles & Bags

    This fundraising kickoff luncheon for the Engage and Heal Foundation, a nonprofit focused on community mental health issues, features special guest Bob Guiney of The Bachelor, champagne, and a designer handbag raffle.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 11am-2pm. $100-150.  
    The Ballroom at Flintrock Falls, 401 Jack Nicklaus Dr.
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    Commemoration of the Battle of the Alamo

    The monument holds special tours and events to commemorate the 13-day siege at the Alamo.
    Feb. 23-March 6  
    San Antonio
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    Community Conversations With the MACC

    A dialogue to gather ideas & feedback regarding the direction of ESB-MACC’s adult programming.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 6-8pm  
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    Don't Mess With Texas Art Contest

    The Don't Mess With Texas® Art Contest is officially open! Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t Mess With Texas calendar, with the top 14 designs featured. Each winner will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet, a Buc-ee's gift basket, their artwork framed and returned, and the opportunity to share the work on websites and social media. Teachers representing student winners will receive a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card. Submissions must be postmarked by April 24.
    Feb. 12-April 24. Free.  
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    Expunction Clinic

    Learn which arrests are eligible for expunction and get legal advice on how to file in court. Applicants must provide a copy of a DPS Criminal History Report ($25).
    Thu., Feb. 27, 4-8pm. Free.  
    Travis County Community Center at Del Valle, 3518 FM 973, Del Valle
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    Garden Club of Austin Meeting

    Hear a fascinating presentation by Travis County Master Gardener Reeve Hobbie, revealing aspects of Texas flora you probably never knew.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 7pm. Free.  
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    It's My Park Day Spring 2020 Volunteer Registration

    Register online for Austin Parks Foundation's biggest citywide volunteer event, It’s My Park Day (Sat., March 7).
    Volunteer registration opens: Thu., Feb. 6. Registration required.  
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    Lake Travis Film Festival

    More than 90 films and shorts will be screened over four days featuring independent filmmakers and up-and-coming young filmmakers.
    Thu.-Sun., Feb. 27-March 1  
    Lakeway
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    Music & Moonlight

    A fundraising event for Young Voices of Austin, with music performed by their choristers, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a raffle, and a silent auction.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 6-9pm  
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    Party Politics 101

    Join your local Democratic Party to talk about local and national politics and how to get involved with the Democratic Party.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    Rainey Shared Streets Pilot

    This Austin Transportation and Austin Police pilot program will test the temporary closure of Rainey Street to motor vehicle traffic Thursdays-Saturdays, 9pm-2:30am, in the model of the long-running Sixth Street shutdowns. The pilot period runs through March 8, 2020.
    Rainey Street
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    Safety Chats With Code & Cops

    Chat with representatives from Austin Code Department and Austin Police Department.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 11am-1pm  
    McDonald’s, 4501 E. Ben White
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    Social Media Week

    Social Media Week Austin is back for its fourth year. Professionals in marketing, media, and technology will learn strategies and tactics they need to excel in social media and digital marketing. Each badge includes access to keynotes, workshops, panels, nightly happy hours, and more.
    Feb. 26-28. $556.50.  
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    Texas Land Conservation Conference

    A three-day conference on land and water conservation with experts from across the country. Open to anyone interested in learning more about these issues in Texas.
    Wed.-Fri., Feb. 26-28. $95, students; $425, TLTC members; $450, non-TLTC members.  
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    Texas State Women's Basketball

    Vs. Georgia Southern.
    Thu., Feb. 27, 11:30am  
    Strahan Arena, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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    Texas State Women's Basketball

    Vs. Georgia Southern: Thu., Feb. 27, 11:30am. Vs. Georgia State: Sat., Feb. 29, 2pm  
    Strahan Arena, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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    The Wall That Heals

    The traveling three-quarters-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open 24 hours a day.
    Thu.-Sun., Feb. 27-March 1  
    Garland
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    Thursday Night Social (Distancing) Ride

    Check Social Cycling Austin's FB page for details on ways to stay social while cycling while social distancing. You can get maps and do solo rides, then log your miles and join your virtual cycling buddies on Strava.
    Thursdays, 7pm  
    Citywide
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    TSHA 2020 Meeting

    The Texas State Historical Association's annual conference offers Texas history enthusiasts, scholars, students, and educators an opportunity to discover insights from historical research, as well as participate in events celebrating Texas history and TSHA.
    Thu.-Sat., Feb. 27-29. Three-day pass, $100-150; single-day pass, $60.  
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    Twelfth Night

    The Overtime Theater company presents a contemporary and “metatheatrical” version of Shakespeare’s comedy.
    Feb. 14-March 7, 8pm; extra shows Feb. 23 & March 1
    San Antonio

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