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    Spring Break Bonus Blood Drive

    Give the gift of life by donating at any We Are Blood center between March 16 and 22, and receive a gift certificate for an Austinite's lifeblood: Torchy's chips & queso.
    March 16-22. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Austin Animal Center Updates

    Austin Animal Center is closed to the public until at least April 13, meaning they will not be able to take in or adopt out any animals during this time. Due to incredible community outreach, they no longer need fosters at this time, but check back in case that changes. See AAC's Facebook page for details as well as tips for reuniting lost animals with their families while AAC is closed, and remember, donations are always welcome.
     
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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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    Central Texas Food Bank Donations Urgently Needed

    Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for their services and one of their major fundraising events has been canceled, leaving them in dire need of funding to bridge the gap. You can help by donating online; a $25 donation provides 100 meals for families in need. Get your friends and neighbors involved by hosting a virtual food drive or Facebook fundraiser. If everyone pitches in, the food bank can keep up with the demand caused by the pandemic and ensure no family in the community goes hungry.
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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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    Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards

    Nominations are being accepted for the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards, which recognize the efforts made by youth and educators working to improve and beautify their communities. Nominate a person or group, such as your favorite scout, student group, educational nonprofit, teacher, school ... the possibilities are wide open. Applications are due April 3.
    March 9-April 3. Free.  
    Statewide
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    Lights, Camera, Safety PSA Contest

    City of Austin's Safe Routes to School program invites seventh and eighth grade students to create their very own public service announcement (a short educational video) showing how to walk, bike, and roll to school safely. The winning filmmakers get Alamo Drafthouse gift cards, and their video will be shown in middle schools across Austin. Get all the details and submit your entry online.
    March 10-30  
    Online
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    Llano Earth Art Fest (LEAF)

    Rock skippers and rock stackers unite for the World Rock Stacking Championship, rock-skipping contests, music, artists, and kids’ games.
    Fri.-Mon., March 13-16. $25.
    Llano
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    Pajama Drive for Foster Youth

    All Mattress Firm stores are accepting new pajamas to give foster children of all ages the comfort of a new pair of pajamas. You can also donate online or by mail.
    Through April 26
    All area Mattress Firm locations
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    Rise and Run South Austin Online

    Rise and Run South Austin's community runs are suspended until further notice, but in the time being you can join their Strava club to log your miles, and connect on Facebook or Instagram to meet and cheer on other runners.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    online
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    Spring Academy at Topgolf

    Three days of golf instruction and entertainment for kids ages 6-12.
    Mon.-Wed., March 16-18. $119.  
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    Spring Break Coding Camps

    Code Galaxy is offering stimulating and exciting day camps during spring break, so take advantage of the holiday to introduce your child to coding. This year's offerings include Intro to Python and Autonomous Vehicles, Minecraft Game Development, and more, and are offered at the Westlake, Downtown, and Cedar Park locations. Prices go up March 1, so register soon!
    March 16-20, 9am-4pm  
    Austin-area Code Galaxy locations
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    Sweetberry Farms

    Strawberries are the specialty at this scenic pick-your-own farm, but this year they have tulips too. There are other activities at this great place for a picnic.
    Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Sat., 8:30am-5:30pm; Sun., 1-5pm (closed Wed.)  
    Marble Falls
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    Take a (Virtual) Day Trip Around the World

    Learn something new, visit museums around the world, and explore the hidden mysteries of life at the website with enough cool stuff to outlast any pandemic.
    Any day, anytime  
    Online
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    Take a Hike in a Special Place

    About a 50-minute drive west of Austin, the wildlife refuge has miles of trails and you can walk for hours without seeing another person. The Warbler Vista/Sunset Deck and Shin Oak Observation Deck are two of the very special places.
    Daily, sunrise to sunset  
    Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Lago Vista
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    Virtual Library Access Extended

    With social distancing being encouraged due to COVID-19, now's a great time to get familiar with Austin's virtual library. Kanopy, CloudLibrary, and Hoopla checkouts are now extended; get details and explore the film, music, ebook, audiobook, and magazine titles on the library's website.
     
    Online
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    We Are Blood Urgently Needs Donations

    With concerns around coronavirus growing and more companies implementing work-from-home policies, some mobile blood drives have been canceled and turnout has been low. There is a pressing need for donations, so the community is urged to find active mobile drives or go to a donor center today.
     
    We Are Blood locations citywide
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    Wildflower Drives Are at Their Peak

    The wildflowers are off to an early and good start. The backroads around the Highland Lakes are especially colorful this year. However, it's advised at the moment to stay home and stay safe, and wait to check out the flowers.
    Now through April  
    All over the Hill Country
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    Young Voices of Austin Volunteer Call

    The youth services nonprofit is in need of tutor and enrichment activity volunteers on Mondays from 4-5:30pm or 6-7pm.
    Mondays. Through March 23. Free.  
    First Austin, 901 Trinity
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    [CANCELED] "Beach Party" Spring Break Art Camp

    Art Garage is closed to the public for now but is offering curbside to-go and home delivery. : Feel those tropical vibes as you paint a flamingo canvas and tiki-inspired ceramic, tie-dye a bandanna, and create sea turtle fused glass art in addition to other beach themed artwork. Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and fill up fast, so sign up today!
    Mon.-Fri., March 16-20. $329.  
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    [CANCELED] "Piecing It Together: Austin Graffiti 1984-2004"

    An art exhibition focusing on the first three generations of Austin graffiti art. Opening reception features the sounds of DJs Notion and Hectik.
    Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 24, 7-10pm. Exhibit: Jan. 24-March 28. Free.  
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    [CANCELED] The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Zilker Botanical Garden

    The garden is closed to the public through March 30. The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle's classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with a fam-friendly "storywalk," photo opportunities, games, and more.
    Through March 22. Included with admission.  
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    [CANCELED] Dance & Fitness Classes During Spring Break

    Between March 13 and March 22, pay only $10 for any drop-in dance or fitness class. With over 70 classes to choose from, there's something for everybody.
    March 13-22. $10.  
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    [CANCELED] Invasion of the Plant Snatchers

    Events at ZBG are canceled until April 6.: Nursery manager Adam Coffin will talk about invasive and problematic insects and diseases that affect local plants.
    Mon., March 16, 6:30-9pm  
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    [CANCELED] Robot Mania: Spring Break at the Science Mill

    Science Mill is closing from March 13-24 due to COVID-19. : Spring break at the Science Mill gives kids a chance to race, build, and code robots at special pop-up stations all over the museum. Check the Science Mill website for activity dates and times.
    March 9-13 & 16-20, 10am-4pm. $5.50-11; ages 2 & under, free.  
    Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Ln., Johnson City
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    [CANCELED] Rodeo Austin

    Since 1938, nonprofit Rodeo Austin has brought heritage and entertainment to the community while raising millions for Texas kids. Catch the ProRodeo, one-of-a kind concerts, carnival, and a livestock show.: Event was canceled on 3/12/20 due to COVID-19 concerns.
    March 14-28. $20-175.  
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    [CANCELED] Seuss X Seuss West: Feeding the Bees

    Austin Public Library locations will be closed to the public March 16-29. Come make wildflower seed balls that promote the growth of flowers that help bees thrive. All materials provided.
    Mon., March 16, 6-7:30pm. Free.  
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    [CANCELED] Smart Mobility Showcase

    Each day, the fam-friendly showcase will feature a different theme and technologies. Free electric shuttles will carry passengers between Cesar Chavez and the mobility demonstrations on Electric Drive. See here for schedule.
    Fri.-Tue., March 13-17, 10am-4pm. Free.  
    Electric Drive (W. Second between Walter Seaholm Dr. and Sandra Muraida Way) & Sand Beach Park (111 Sandra Muraida Way)
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    [CANCELED] Spring Break at the Bullock

    Spend spring break at the Bullock exploring the newest exhibitions, "This Light of Ours" and "Fashion Forward," catch a movie in the IMAX Theatre, and enjoy a different hands-on activity perfect for families every day between 10am and noon.
    Mon.-Fri., March 16-20, 10am-noon  
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    [CANCELED] UNnatural Selection

    A conversation on technology in gene editing and gestational surrogacy.
    Mon., March 16, 6:30-9pm. Free.  
    Christ Church, 112 Medina
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    [POSTPONED] Campfire Gathering

    Announced 3/14/20: Event is being rescheduled due to COVID-19, date TBA.: Get away for a couple of days just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the hubbub of Austin. It's billed as a "summer camp for adults," with several lodging options; activities like yoga, archery, fishing, and hiking; and food and live music galore.
    Mon.-Tue., March 16-17. $600-2350.  
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    [POSTPONED] Start Me Up! Party & Panel for Midlife Women Entrepreneurs

    Postponed; date TBA. Cocktail party featuring women from the entrepreneurial world to speak to attendees about building their own company and why women at this age are such a fast-growing segment of new business owners.
    Mon., March 16, 6-8pm. $20.  
    Private Home in Tarrytown

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