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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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    Bat City Artisans Virtual Market

    Bat City Artisans market is going virtual! Their usual monthly market features 30+ local purveyors of art, vintage, handcrafted home and skincare goods, and more, and now they're holding it in cyberspace. If your business would fit in with this market, email them at batcityartisans@gmail.com to see if they can help you get some online sales. Shoppers, save the date: March 29, time TBA.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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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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    Central Texas Pig Rescue Needs Donations

    CTPR is still accepting donations. They're aware that most of you are spending extra on your own families, but if you have an extra $16, you’ll cover the cost of one extra bag of feed. Any amount, even a dollar, helps to make sure the pigs don't go hungry.
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    Children's Books Read by Jayda Marie

    Local YouTuber Jayda Marie has been uploading videos of herself reading books for children, and so far has read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies, and more. It's basically a virtual storytime at the library!
    Online
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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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    El Buen Samaritano

    El Buen Samaritano's food pantry anticipates an increased need for their services in the coming months. They are also supporting community partners in their efforts to provide food for the families and individuals they serve. Right now, the pantry is open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9-11am.
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    Esquina Tango Online Meeting

    All events and classes at Esquina Tango are canceled until further notice. Join them online or call in to hear a presentation and discuss the closure.
    Tue., March 17, 7pm  
    Online
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    Foundation Communities

    Foundation Communities has suspended volunteer operations, but you can donate to their Emergency Assistance Fund to help their residents who are experiencing health concerns and lost wages. The Emergency Assistance Fund will help affected residents afford rent, utilities, household items, necessary transportation and more.
    online
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    Generation Serve: Helping While Home

    Local nonprofit youth service organization Generation Serve has suspended volunteer activities through April, but published a thoughtful list of activities and ways to help the community from home. Create cards and wallets, become a translator, start online fundraisers, learn and serve in nature, and more. Check out their post for all the details.
     
    At home and online
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    Seasonal Jobs

    H-E-B Seeks New Hires

    The pandemic crisis has put all kinds of people out of work temporarily, and local grocery hero H-E-B has short-term positions open because of the crisis. If you're looking for work, apply here.
     
    Various locations
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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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    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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    Studio Satya Online Yoga Classes

    Local yoga studio Satya has live and recorded classes available online so you can get the exercise and meditation we all so desperately need right now. Donate any amount to get access, and keep your eyes peeled for short free classes coming soon via Instagram.
    $12 suggested donation.  
    Online
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    Out of Town

    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.
     
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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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    Yoga With Adriene

    Local YouTuber and multiple "Best of Austin" winner Adriene Mishler has enough online classes to keep you busy through an extensive quarantine. There are videos specifically for kids and teens, and targeted sessions for any ailment you might be experiencing (anxiety, anyone?).
    Online
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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] "Walking as Practice" With AARP Texas

    Culminating in a group 10K walk on April 5, the program includes weekly in-person walking sessions along with online coaching from a certified personal trainer. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
    Feb. 11-March 31. Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am. 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] Austin Spurs

    NBA G League season is currently suspended due to COVID-19. 3/12/20
    Vs. Erie Bayhawks: Tue., March 17, 7:30pm. Vs. Texas Legends: Thu., March 19, 7:30pm  
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    [CANCELED] “Pluck Me, I’m Irish” St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    This family-friendly celebration includes complimentary face painting, a special round of their scavenger-hunt-style game, Pluck Hunt, and live music starting at 4pm. Other Pluckers locations in the area will be having food and drink specials for the holiday.
    Tue., March 17, 4pm. Free.  
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    [CANCELED] Concordia University Softball

    Announced 3/14/20: Remainder of Concordia Athletics' spring season is canceled.: Vs. UT-Dallas.
    Tue., March 17, 3 & 5pm  
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    [CANCELED] Crown & Anchor Pub St. Patrick's Day Celebration

    Green and non-green beer specials, the always-great burgers and 2-7pm happy hour, and the Capitol City Highlanders Pipe Band at 4:30pm make this St. Paddy's at the Crown worth checking out.
    Tue., March 17. Free.  
    canceled
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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] Food for Thought

    A talk on the coronavirus that is making its way into the U.S., featuring a background on how viruses attack and an update specifically about COVID-19.
    Tue., March 17, 7-8:30pm. Donations accepted.  
    canceled
    Trinity Church, 4001 Speedway
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    [CANCELED] Jameson St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl

    A limo bus will ferry pub crawlers from bar to bar, making multiple trips. It all begins at Revelry on the Boulevard at 1pm, starting an all-day happy hour food and cocktails. The first bus departs to Corner Bar on South Lamar at 2pm, making multiple trips to pick up guests from the Boulevard, continuing to final stop Revelry Kitchen and Bar on East Sixth starting at 5pm. There'll be samples and swag for all, and specialty drinks at all stops.
    Tue., March 17, 1-8pm. $20.  
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    [CANCELED] Proof & Cooper St. Paddy's w/ Real Ale

    An all-day celebration with live music, Irish fare like shepherd's pie, and green pints of Real Ale Hans' Pils.
    Tue., March 17, 10am-10pm  
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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] 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] St. Paddy's Day at Historic Scholz Garten

    Presented by Austin Facial Hair Club. Celebrate with green Lone Star, Guinness, and Tullamore D.E.W. specials, a bangers & hash hangover plate, a stein-holding competition, a luck of the Irish coin toss, and live music from Black Irish Texas, the Steep Cats, and DJ Island Time.
    Tue., March 17, 4-10pm. free.  
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    [CANCELED] St. Patrick's Day at Bouldin Acres

    Featuring Whiskey Shivers at 6pm, food trucks serving fish & chips and corned beef & cabbage, and drink specials all day.
    Tue., March 17, 11am-11pm. Free.  
    Bouldin Acres, 2027 S. Lamar
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    [CANCELED] UT Baseball

    The University of Texas announced on 3/11/20 that all on-campus athletic competitions would be played without spectators until 3/22/20 due to COVID-19 concerns, and on 3/13/20, canceled all events until 3/29.
    Vs. New Mexico: Fri.-Sun., March 13-15. Vs. Incarnate Word: Tue., March 17, 6:30pm  
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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] Free Day at Zilker Botanical Garden

    As of March 16, the garden is closed until further notice. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will offer eight days of free entry each year (starting in 2020) at Zilker Botanical Garden, often called “the jewel in the heart of Austin,” in an effort to give more people the opportunity to experience its peaceful, natural beauty.
    Tue., March 17  

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