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    Sofa Sessions Benefiting SIMS Foundation

    In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sofa Sessions brings local musicians to your living room to raise funds for nonprofit SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health care to musicians and has experienced a higher demand due to COVID-19. Follow SIMS on social media (@simsfoundation) for lineup announcements throughout the month. Donate online or by texting SIMS to 44321.
    Throughout May  
    Online
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    April Dressed in All Its Trim: An Online Exhibition

    The art project began before the current pandemic erupted, but feels even more appropriate now as a group of Texas-based artists contributed artwork that explores the hopefulness of spring.
    Through May 31  
    Online from Studio Comfort in Comfort, Texas
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    Austin Fast Start Pitch Competition

    The Austin Fast Start pitch competition is a partnership between Austin Young Chamber and the city of Austin’s Economic Development Department with support from 3 Day Startup. Every quarter, they will hear from a new industry and award an unrestricted cash prize and other opportunities to identify and support local entrepreneurs as the future business leaders in our community. This quarter, it's the Internet of Things. Applications are due May 18, finalists will be notified by May 25, and the top four will compete on June 15.
    Deadline: Mon., May 18  
    Online
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    Austin Fast Start: Small Business Pitch Competition Applications

    Innovators submit ideas for products that use internet connectivity to improve services and enable things like smart cities and more. Top four scored applications will be selected as finalists and virtually pitch their business on June 15.
    Through May 18  
    Online
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    Best Food Trucks

    Best Food Trucks is offering an order-ahead service to help practice social distancing, and bringing food trucks to underserved communities. You can find trucks near you by going to the online map.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    BizOpen: Commercial Property Requirements Webinar

    Live webinar provides a general overview of the potential steps in the city's development process.
    Wed., May 6, 10-11am. Free.  
    Online
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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.
    March 17-May 21  
    Online
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    Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

    Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, this year’s annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event will be celebrated across Texas via an interactive website full of family-friendly fun, games, and resources.: This year’s celebration is particularly meaningful, as it’s coming on the heels of a legislative session that put a spotlight on mental health issues in our schools. Launch is on May 2 at 9am, and it continues throughout the month.
    May 2-31. Free.  
    Online
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    Circular & Sustainable Fashion: Educator Training

    Three-day online workshop details circular design strategies to incorporate into course curriculum.
    Mon.-Wed., May 4-6, 5-7pm  
    Online
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    Food Access Resources From SFC

    The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they are accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
    March 30-July 23  
    Citywide
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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.
    March 17-May 7  
    Online
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    Sports

    Free Women's Self-Defense Class

    Anyone who identifies as a woman and is interested in learning some hands-on self-defense techniques is welcome to join.
    First Wednesday of every month, 7:30-8:30pm. Free.
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    Funding Recommendations for Coronavirus Response and Draft Participation Plan Amendments Public Comment

    Share your input about the proposed funding recommendations for coronavirus relief or draft amendments to the CPP.
    Through Mon., May 11  
    Via email or postal mail
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    Habitat for Humanity Launches Online ReStore

    Austin Habitat for Humanity announced that it has taken the ReStore online, allowing the community to shop the wide variety of items currently listed for sale from the comfort of their own home. Similar to the brick-and-mortar locations, you'll find deals on unique items from clothing and shoes to home and garden accessories and more, and when you shop, you're supporting Habitat for Humanity's mission.
    April 14-June 24  
    Online
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    HC4A/Shalom Austin School Supplies Fundraiser

    HC4A and Shalom Austin had set a date of April 19 for their eighth annual event raising funds for school supplies for Austin-area homeless children, which last year supported over 1,300 children. The April event is now canceled due to coronavirus, but you can still help reach the fundraising goal of $34,000 to support 1,600 students. A small donation of $25 will help support one child. On Aug. 19, volunteers plan to gather to assemble the school supplies at Dell Jewish Community Center. Donate online at HC4A.org.
    March 20-May 31  
    Online
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    Heritage Grant Applications for Historic Preservation

    The city's Economic Development Department is now accepting applications for the Heritage Grant Program, which aims to honor and preserve Austin as a place of personal heritage to promote tourism through the preservation of historic buildings, sites or (contributing) districts.
    Through July 10  
    Online
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    Lend a Hand ATX

    Lend a Hand ATX, created by Austin Tech Alliance, is a platform to help skilled tech volunteers and those in need make critical community connections during the COVID-19 crisis. Create an account, make an offer or request, and find a match!
    April 24-Dec. 15  
    Online
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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.
    Deadline: Aug. 3  
    Online
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    Rock the Beat 2020

    Since Mended Little Hearts' annual fundraising walk is unable to proceed at the Austin Zoo, it's now a virtual walk. Register yourself and/or a team and set up a fundraising page, then get moving on your own terms and raise awareness of the issue. Funds raised will be used for support services for families dealing with congenital heart defects.
    April 25-June 15. $10 per person; heart warriors are free.  
    Citywide
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    Storytime Everywhere!

    Austin Public Library's Cepeda Branch offers a range of read-alouds online while the branch is closed. There are chapter books for everyone, preschool, and family storytimes. Follow @StorytimeEverywhereATX on Instagram to get the full schedule and to receive alerts when the stories go live.
    Mon.-Fri., times vary  
    Online
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    SXSW EDU Online

    SXSW EDU 2020 goes virtual with weekly programming featuring live sessions, Q&As, and film screenings.
    Select dates through June 2. 2020 registrants only.  
    Online
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    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Join MINDPOP, a nonprofit creative learning consultancy and the managing partner of the Creative Learning Initiative, in honoring the heroic work of Austin ISD educators this Teacher Appreciation Week, as part of the #TeachersCan campaign, May 4-8. Learn more about MINDPOP and the Creative Learning Initiative on their website and social media.
    Mon.-Fri., May 4-8  
    Online
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    Out of Town

    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Trappings of Texas Art and Gear Sale

    The annual sale of paintings, collectibles, and jewelry has gone online with artwork sold directly from the artists and new pieces added throughout the sale.
    Through Aug. 2  
    Online via Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine
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    Virtual Austin Sunshine Run

    This annual run is going virtual this time. Just like in the usual 5K/10K, participants receive a race T-shirt, but now a virtual bib and finisher’s certificate. You can also post your time and see where you stand compared to other participants! Proceeds and funds raised from the Sunshine Run benefit low-income youth of Central Texas through life-changing experiences at the Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC) at no cost to their families. Choose any day from May 3-17 to complete your race.
    May 3-17  
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    Citywide
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    Virtual Fix-It Clinic

    Is there a fallen hem in your favorite shirt? Did your blender suddenly stop working? Is your child's toy a little worse for the wear? Fix-It Clinic coaches may be able to teach you how to fix these items, and more, from the comfort of your home. Submit the questionnaire through the "register" link below (the sooner the better) about your broken item and if repair coaches think your item might be fixable with common tools, they'll reserve a time between 11am and 2pm on Sat., May 16, for you to chat live with a repair coach.
    Clinic is May 16; register ASAP to participate  
    Online
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    Waterloo Park Virtual Tour

    An interactive, virtual tour of the construction progress of Waterloo Park, which is set to include the 5,000-person-capacity Moody Amphitheater, among other features, once complete.
    Tue., June 30, 12:30-1:30pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

    Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
    Ongoing. $50.  

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