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    Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Virtual Picnic

    Willie is still doin' it, it's just virtual this time. It all starts off with chef Scott Roberts of the legendary Salt Lick laying down some barbecue knowledge, then continues with livestream performances from a host of magnificent musicians you'd be privileged to have on your screen. Proceeds benefit the Luck Reunion Fund, which supports the musical and cultural community: Six Square, All Together ATX, HAAM, SIMS, and the Central Texas Food Bank. Get details and tickets online.
    Sat., July 4, 3:30pm. $35-45.  
    Online
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      Independence Day at Pioneer Farms

      On July 4, 1845, Texans took the first step to become a state with a vote in Austin to join the Union. Pioneer Farms will be reenacting that vote, and you can make your voice heard. Enjoy historical reenactments and exhibits, hayrides, music, food, a parade, and kids' activities.
      Sat., July 4, 10am-4pm  
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      Mayor's Book Club

      The Mayor's Office, Austin Public Library, and the Library Foundation are excited to announce this year's Mayor's Book Club: Read Local campaign, celebrating over 30 books written by local authors. There are titles for all ages, from picture books to adult fiction and nonfiction. Visit the website for all the details and to get links to check them out via the library. You can get crackin' on some of these now, and keep an eye out for events like panel discussions, readings, and author conversations happening in the fall.
      Ongoing  
      Citywide
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      Online Classes With Esquina Tango

      Nonprofit Esquina Tango has taken their programming online via Zoom and Facebook Live. There's something going on every day, so check out the full list of donation-based classes and choose from conversational Spanish or Portuguese, salsa aerobics, and, of course, tango.
      Daily; times vary  
      Online
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      60th Anniversary Summer Celebration

      All summer long, Natural Bridge Caverns is celebrating six decades of discovery. There are several tours and attractions, including the new Twisted Trails adventure course and a chance to pan for treasures just like gold miners.
      Through Aug. 23. $10-30.  
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      A Spacious Place

      A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Alamo Kids Club Fun at Home

      For the junior cineastes who are missing Alamo Drafthouse's Kids Club, they've got an online treasure trove of family-film-centric activity sheets and booklets you can print at home. Children can learn about all the animals from The Lion King, play the Frozen II memory card game, make their own thaumatrope, and so much more. And if the kiddos want to share their work, snap a photo and tag it #AlamoAtHome on Instagram and Twitter.
       
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      Art Garage Online Art Lessons

      The Art Garage is offering online art classes for little ones, and they've got kits you can order to work on at home. Learn to make homemade play dough, explore art from around the world, and more. Follow them on Facebook for details.
      Online
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      Art Garage Pottery and More To-Go

      Cure cabin fever with pottery and craft kits from Art Garage, offering delivery and pickup. They've got tons of crafting options to keep the whole family entertained, including mosaics, tie-dye kits, pottery, and tons more.
       
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      Art You Virtual Event

      Dougherty Arts Center invites all artistic high schoolers to join this Zoom event connecting industry professionals with the next generation of artists, creators, and community leaders. Registration by July 10 is encouraged to guarantee a spot and lock in your mentorship sessions. When you sign up, check out the resource list packed with tips on portfolios, career guides, college prep, and more.
      Event is July 18, 1-3pm; registration by July 10 encouraged. Free.  
      Online
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      Artisan Mercado

      The Artisan Mercado has reopened at La Peña Gallery with social distancing and safety measures in place. The market features Latino products from different regions of Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and the Southwest, including handcrafted jewelry and ceramics, ethnic clothing and handbags, as well as paintings and drawings. Parking is available at the Austin Convention Center.
      First and third Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Free.  
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      ATX Ballers Online Basketball Tutorials

      Local youth basketball organization ATX Ballers is providing free basketball video lessons that kiddos can do from home, even without a hoop! Expert coaches will upload a few engaging video lessons each week for the rest of the semester, complete with lesson goals to accomplish, for both beginners and experienced players.
      ATX Ballers Youth Sports YouTube channel
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      Austin Animal Center Now Open by Appointment

      AAC opened June 1 for pet adoptions and lost pet intake by appointment only. Drop-ins will only be accepted for sick or injured pets. Check out pet bios online and schedule an adoption appointment via email at ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov, and schedule intake appointments here.
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      Austin Parks and Pools Closed

      In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Austin pools and parks are closing. As of June 30, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools were closed. The city is also closing all parks and recreational facilities from Fri.-Sun., July 3-5, and an extension would not be a surprise.
      July 3-5  
      Various locations
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      Austin Pets Alive! Virtual Events

      Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to #SavePetsInSweats with fun online activities you can enjoy from home. Learn to make dog treats and embroider, and even schedule an e-reading with a psychic groomer to get inside your pet's mind and find out if they really want you to keep working from home. And donations are always welcome!
      Online
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      Austin Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program

      Download an age-appropriate "Quest Log" (children, youth, teen, or adult), then submit a form whenever a challenge is completed and earn a digital badge. Use the Austin Public Library's curbside pickup or virtual catalog to check out materials to complete your quest.
      Through Aug. 31  
      Online
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      Auto Tours and Hiking Trails Open

      The whooping cranes have left their winter home in Texas, but the wildlife refuge still has lots to see and a new elevated boardwalk to see it from. Entrance fees to all national wildlife refuges (there are 19 in Texas) have temporarily been suspended, but all visitor services are closed.
      Wed.-Sun., 9am-4pm. Free.  
      Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell
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      Ballet Austin Online Dance & Fitness Classes

      Since you can't go to the studio, Ballet Austin brings the studio to you! Choose from several levels of ballet or hip-hop, CardioFunk Dance Fitness, Arms & Abs, contemporary, tap, Pilates workouts, barre workouts, Pink Pilates, Active Aging, and more. Purchase classes individually or by the bundle, and complete the course on your own time.
      Online
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      Bead It Kits

      Bead It has been providing Austinites with classes, jewelry supplies, and more since 2002. Now they're offering jewelry-making and meditation & crystal kits available to purchase online and work on at home. There's a beginner's box designed for ages 5 and up and several more options, and owner Ashley Schor is also available to create special orders based on your needs, because everyone can benefit from some meditation and a creative outlet right now. See the contact info on the website if one of the kits doesn't suit you.
      Online
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      Black Lives Matter Watch Parties

      BLM Austin will be hosting Black film watch parties until Black August, which includes the Haitian Revolution, Nat Turner Rebellion, Fugitive Slave Law Convention, March on Washington, and more. Read more about it and check out the daily film events on their Facebook page.
      Daily through June & July  
      Online via BLM Austin
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      Breath & Body Yoga Online

      Austin's Breath & Body Yoga owner and director Desirae Pierce is available via phone or Skype to provide tips and guidance to Austinites looking to stay physically active and strengthen mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Breath & Body is also offering live remote Zoom classes daily that are available to the public.
      Ongoing  
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      Buy Lunch for a Health Care Worker

      Donate online to purchase meals from local food trucks and restaurants like Chi'Lantro, Torchy's Tacos, and more that will be provided to health care workers at Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers. Efforts to coordinate food and food donations throughout the region are brought by friends of Keep Austin Eatin', Trucklandia, and ATX Hospital Meals.
      Online
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      Camacho Activity Center Virtual Programs

      Visit the Camacho Activity Center virtually for bike tutorials, a Blunn Creek Nature Preserve hiking guide, and activity guides for homemade ice cream, nature bingo, leaf art, and more.
       
      Online
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      Camp YouTuber

      Local YouTube sensation Chad Johnson's OMGcraft channel boasts 1 million subscribers, and now he wants to pass on his expertise to your kids via a five-day camp. Get a $90 discount when you register by July 1.
      Camp dates: July 27-31; early bird registration ends July 1  
      Online
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      Celebrate Independence Day Safely

      Parks are closed. Gatherings are canceled. It's tempting to gather to celebrate holidays, but this time, please don't. Please follow the guidelines from the city and county that advise us to stay home and stay safe. If you must go out for essentials, wear a mask and wash your hands. Continue to patronize local businesses with to-go orders. Meet with friends on video chat and light sparklers. Learn about American history through a museum's online offerings. Grilling has always been apropos for the Fourth, so fire it up. But please, don't gather in large groups.
      July 3-5  
      Citywide
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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.
      Online
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      City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

      Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
       
      Online
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      Clothing & Housewares Curbside Collection Program

      Austin Resource Recovery customers are able to schedule a free at-home pickup of unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, linens, and housewares
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      Connect2Texas

      The Bullock Museum has an excellent selection of educational programming that can be incorporated into distance learning or experienced just for fun. There are recordings and worksheets on a range of topics as wide as Texas: blues music, extreme mammals, cattle drives, and more. Plus, check out the very cool interactive tools like the Texas history timeline and "Campfire Stories," an interactive version of Amarillo artist Robert T. Ritter's mosaic that leads you to discover the people who wrote the stories of Texas.
       
      Online
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      Creative Action Online Learning Hub

      In lieu of in-person summer programming, Creative Action has published a bunch of new content at their online learning hub. Get crafty with tie-dye, learn to apologize, experience music & movement, and so much more.
       
      Online
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      Creative Action Online Resources

      Creative Action's afterschool programs are suspended for the time being, so they've collected tons of resources for families to use at home. Check out their list of virtual learning activities, best TED Talks for kids, family-friendly documentaries, and more on their website.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Crux Climbing Center Online Classes

      Austin’s local climbing gym and fitness center is now offering online classes including training for climbing, yoga, HIIT, and circuit training to keep Austinites mentally and physically healthy. Classes are free and open to the public, with Venmo tips encouraged for trainers. Check out Crux’s Instagram stories to see how members are actually climbing the walls while their favorite neighborhood gym is closed. Ever seen someone climb a door frame?
       
      Online
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      Digital Garden

      Take a YouTube-based journey through the park with the newest episode about the monarch, our favorite butterfly.
      Free.  
      Online from Texas Discovery Garden, Dallas
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      Divest From White Supremacy, Defund the APD

      Undoing White Supremacy Austin is calling on white Austinites to support defunding the Austin Police Department. The campaign is demanding Mayor Steve Adler, City Council members, and City Manager Spencer Cronk: fire Police Chief Brian Manley; adopt a zero-tolerance for police shootings; and to divest and defund APD. See website for list of demands and specific action steps.
      Ongoing  
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      Dollar General Hiring

      With the increasing need for household supplies, Dollar General anticipates a need for double the employees and is actively hiring. Apply online.
      Various locations
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      Domino's Hiring Now

      Domino's is still offering carryout and delivery, and who doesn't love making people happy via pizza? Additional staff members are needed throughout the area, so apply now if you're interested in CSR, delivery, or management positions.
      Austin-area locations
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      Donate to PEAS Resiliency Gardens Program

      Donations to PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability) will go to support outdoor learning and edible education programming in the community. Choose your level of funding, from seeds to an entire garden for an Austin family.
      Online
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      Dougherty Arts Center Virtual Programming

      Dougherty Arts Center offers more than 20 virtual youth art lessons, from origami to pet portraits to creating a tune in Song Maker. Check out the full slate online.
       
      Online via DAC
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      EcoRise Educational Resources

      If you'd like to keep kids engaged with STEM and sustainability lessons while you're quarantined, EcoRise has at-home lessons and eco-audits on their website. Try an eco-art lesson called Seed Guardians, make solar boxes for an outdoor learning activity, and dozens more.
      Free.  
      Online
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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, 8-10am.
      Online
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      Escape to 1800s Texas

      Pioneer Farms' General Store is still open for limited hours on the weekends to sell handmade soaps and fresh eggs by the dozen, but all other operations are suspended until April 13. In the meantime, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for fun facts, livestreams of the farm, prairie trivia, archive exploration, and more. Their website has a bunch of fun games and crafts to keep the family entertained at home, which as they point out, is how the pioneers in the 19th century often lived.
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      Feed It Forward

      Feed It Forward and take out hunger! Order delivery, pickup, groceries, beer, wine, or cocktails from participating restaurants and add the $5 Feed It Forward menu item before checkout. Support the local food community and provide 20 meals to the Central Texas Food Bank with each Feed It Forward item. Plus, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is matching donations up to $10,000. Check out the list of participating locations online before you make your next takeout order; there's a wide variety all over town.
      Various locations
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      Flight of the Bats

      The bats have returned to the 350-foot-deep cavern three hours from Austin. Evening tours of the bat emergence have begun with social distancing. Reservations required.
      Wed.-Sun., through Oct. 31, 7:30pm. $6-14.  
      Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area, Rocksprings
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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.
       
      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.
      online
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      Fourth of July With Granger Smith

      As of press time, the Fourth of July fireworks show and concert with Granger Smith and Earl Dibbles Jr. at Dell Diamond in Round Rock is scheduled to take place. Attend at your own risk, and visit the website to learn about safety precautions and get tickets for the event.
      Sat., July 4, 7pm. $25.  
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      Free Bilingual Coloring Book From ESB-MACC

      The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center presents An Empowered Village and Its Citizens, a bilingual coloring and activity book that tells of the history of the ESB-MACC and encourages children to envision what they would like to see take place at the Center. Download it for free from their digital programming website, and while you're there, check out the other cool things they've got on offer.
      Online
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      Free Curbside Clothing & Housewares Collection

      Austin Resource Recovery has partnered with Goodwill Central Texas to provide a new curbside pickup service for household goods and clothing items suitable for reuse or recycling. ARR customers can either call or schedule online, and they'll mail bags for you to fill. See the website for details.
       
      Citywide
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      Free Exercise Classes With Stronger Austin

      Stronger Austin has a full slate of free exercise classes available via Zoom, ranging from boot camp to Zumba, chair yoga to yoga en español, taking place in the morning, afternoon, or evening, so there's bound to be something that fits your schedule. And did we mention they're all free?
      Mon.-Sat., times vary  
      Online
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      Freedom Festival

      The largest fireworks display in Texas will go on with food trucks, music, and a kids’ entertainment area.
      Sat., July 4. $10-25.  
      Abilene
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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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      Get Involved With Austin Justice Coalition

      Austin Justice Coalition "serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, overpolicing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin." Get involved by donating, volunteering, or attending an event, and subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed.
       
      Citywide
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      Girlstart STEM at Home

      Nonprofit Girlstart has been empowering girls in science, technology, engineering, and math for decades, and they've made some of their programming available for use at home. Kids can learn about plate tectonics, light refraction, and so much more via fun, hands-on activities with household items. They aim to add new activities daily for livestreaming via their social media channels, so keep an eye out for that.
       
      Online
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      Goddard at Home

      Welcome to your family’s go-to resource for fun and educational content, where you can find new age-appropriate activity plans each week. The activities and simple routines support playful learning across developmental areas including language, math, science, social-emotional development, engineering, and more. Enjoy watching your child continue to learn and grow as you play together. Follow on Facebook for online events and activities as well.
       
      Online
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      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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      Help Feed the Animals at Pioneer Farms

      Moondog, Henry, Big Red, and their friends need your help. They're all part of Pioneer Farms' four-legged team of 13 horses, donkeys, and longhorns, who, along with 50 chickens, help tell the story of 19th-century Texas at Pioneer Farms. A donation of $10 gets them 60 pounds of hay, $15 buys 50 pounds of food, and $25 keeps the animals fed for almost three days. Check out their website to learn more about the animals you're keeping fed, and you'll get a shout-out in the newsletter when you donate.
      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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      High 5 Kids Club

      Kids bowl free all summer long with High 5 Kids' Club. Register online for your summer pass.
      Through Aug. 29  
      High 5: 2700 W Anderson; 1502 RR 620 S., Lakeway
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      Imperfect Foods Is Hiring

      Want to help reduce food waste, build a better food system, and feed your community in this time of need? Imperfect Foods is hiring seasonal and full-time warehouse associates, delivery drivers, and customer care associates. Apply online.
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      July 4 With the National Archives

      Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration. For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States, including a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence on the museum steps. This year, they'll lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family.
      Sat., July 4, 11am-5pm. Free.  
      Online
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      Latinitas Future Chica Conference Registration Open

      Registration is now open for this conference designed for girls age 9-18 who want to explore 21st century technologies and their own innovative ideas. They'll learn through hands-on demos and activities and engage with local professionals to inspire career exploration across technology, creative, design, and business industries. Register now, as spots are limited and filling up fast!
      July 18, 10am-3pm; register ASAP. $15.  
      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!
       
      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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      Limited Cave Tours

      Concerts in the Throne Room have been discontinued for the time being, but small tours are happening in the cave too pretty for a name, and reservations are encouraged.
      Daily, 9am-5pm  
      Cave Without a Name, Boerne
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      Little Hummingbird Society

      Austin Parks Foundation's Little Hummingbird Society aims to keep kiddos healthy and busy with fun, educational activities. Their digital activity booklets, printable drawing and coloring sheets, and word searches are available online, and your little hummingbird will love learning how to make seed balls and playing the "Cleanup Game."
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Machu Picchu

      Take a 360-degree tour of the ancient mountain-top Inca citadel in Peru.
       
      Online
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      Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run: Virtual Edition

      It's the final week to run in this virtual 5K. Sponsored by Maudie’s Tex-Mex to benefit the Trail Foundation, it's gone virtual: run now, party later. Register online and submit your best 5K time by July 4. Participants receive a run T-shirt and admission to one big party in October featuring Maudie’s snacks and a margarita.
      June 4-July 4, 8pm. $50.  
      Citywide
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      National Museum of the Pacific War

      The museum will offer tours for groups of up to nine persons through the exhibits including the George H.W. Bush Gallery and recently renovated Admiral Nimitz Gallery. Reservations required.
      Wed.-Sun., beginning Fri., May 15. $8-18.  
      Fredericksburg
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      Natural Bridge Caverns Drive-Thru Wildlife Ranch

      The ranch is back open after a hiatus due to COVID-19. Drive through 450 acres of scenic landscape and see more than 500 animals from the safety of your personal vehicle.
      Daily, 9am-5pm  
      Between New Braunfels and San Antonio
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      Nauti Side Lake Austin Boat Rentals

      Lake Austin boat rentals include a captain free of charge, a Bluetooth stereo, a tank of gas, safety equipment, an ice chest, and a Lily Pad. No need to find an experienced boater, just make a reservation, show up with your family or friends, and they will handle the rest.
       
      Lake Austin
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      Online Art Workshops With the Cathedral

      In an effort to continue to support artists and encourage people to stay home, the Cathedral is: now offering their artist-led workshops online. You can help support local artists by signing up for one of their workshops, which include a kit with all materials needed for the class. Kits are available for curbside pickup at 2403 E. 16th, or they can be shipped straight to your home. Check out the website to sign up for a workshop and order your kit.
      At home; register online
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      Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing

      The gates open at 11am and post time is 1pm for an exciting afternoon of quarter horse and thoroughbred racing.
      Sat.-Sun., July 4-5. $5-10.  
      Fredericksburg
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      PEAS Distance Learning

      Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability have a bunch of resources to keep kids engaged in outdoor and edible education. Learn to make oobleck, play dough, and slime; develop little green thumbs with their gardening tips; gather recipes for healthy DIY kids' snacks, and more. Check the site regularly for updates and new content.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Pet Safety Over the Holiday Weekend

      Keep your pets safe at home this weekend. In these unprecedented times, it's more likely than ever that your baby will be spooked by neighborhood fireworks and find a way out of the fence, and the Austin Animal Center's resources are stretched as it is. You don't want to be looking for your fur child on July 5, so just keep them in. And give them lots of treats.
      June 30-July 6  
      Citywide
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      Pick Your Own Blueberries

      Texas’ oldest commercial blueberry farm has a new crop of the delightful little orbs about three hours east of Austin.
      Saturdays & Sundays, 6:30-8:30pm, through mid-July  
      Moorhead's Berry Farm, Conroe
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      Pinballz Brings the Arcade to You

      If you and the family are missing the arcade, fear not: Pinballz can bring the arcade to you. Titles vary, but they've got full-size arcade games like Ms. Pacman, Galaga, and Donkey Kong as well as pinball machines, sanitized and delivered to you for weekly rentals or purchase, and they're offering a discount for multiple-week rentals.
       
      Various locations
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      Pioneer Farms Artisan Classes Booking Now

      Do you want to learn to blacksmith? How about grow your own food, raise chickens, spin, sew, weave, cook, preserve food, create your own knife, or make cheese? In Pioneer Farms' artisan classes, you can learn how to do all these things from talented and experienced teachers in online or safe in-person classes.
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      Project Connect Virtual Open House

      The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
      Online
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      Seasonal Jobs

      Randalls Stores Hiring Immediately

      Apply online or stop by your nearest Randalls location to be considered for immediate hire.
       
      Various locations
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      Out of Town

      Red Light District Tour

      Once a wide-open port city, the tour guides take visitors to what were once the houses of ill repute along the waterfront.
      Nightly at 6, 8 & 10pm  
      Galveston
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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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      Out of Town

      Robinson Film Center Online Programming

      Located in downtown Shreveport, the Robinson Film Center is temporarily closed, but has created a virtual program that educates, enriches, and entertains viewers through the power of film. Programs include recommended films that can be streamed through a subscription or rental service, as well as interactive activities, such as open discussion forums, simple recipes, and more. The programs are updated weekly.
      Online
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      Rock & Roll Playhouse Presents Live From the Playroom

      Rock & Roll Playhouse brings their family-friendly concerts to your own playhouse every day of the week. Tune in weekdays at 2pm, Saturdays at noon, and Sundays at 10am to get in on the fun.
      Free.  
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Sandcastle Building Lessons

      Learn how to make your own spectacular sandcastles from an expert. Best to bring your own buckets and shovels.
      Saturdays through Aug. 22, 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Free.  
      Stewart Beach, Galveston
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      SculptFest

      Originally planned for the town square in Round Rock, the show of Texas-made art goes on at the Texas Society of Sculptors website.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Civic Events

      Shape Austin's Future: Redistrict ATX

      City Council district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, and now is your opportunity to get involved by applying for the Applicant Review Panel or the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Get all the details at RedistrictATX.org.
      June 1-Sept. 30  
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Storm on the Strand Ghost Tours

      The island city is one of the most haunted cities in the country and the guides take visitors on a casual socially distanced stroll through many of the spooky sites.
      Nightly by online reservation  
      Galveston
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      Kids

      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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      Sports

      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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      Summer of Sculpture Festival

      Seward Johnson’s “Celebrating the Familiar” fills the gardens with 25 life-size cast bronze sculptures of people performing familiar tasks. Advance online timed tickets required.
      Mon., June 22-Fri., July 31  
      Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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      Sports

      Summer Reopening: Dance & Fitness Classes at Ballet Austin

      Ballet Austin has carefully reopened with safety precautions after two and a half months of providing online instruction. Check out the daily schedule of Pilates, dance, and fitness classes and get back to your routine.
      $5-26.  
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      Kids

      Summer Wonders

      Summer Wonders is a full- or half-day program for students entering pre-K-8th grade. Content areas include STEM, art, science, global community, economics, drama, culinary creations, literature, film, athletics, music, math, and many more, taught by ACE Academy faculty who are experts in their respective fields and committed to creative, fun-filled curriculum.
      Register now for summer  
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Sunflower Festival

      With 4.5 acres of sunflowers, it’s the perfect place for a selfie, plus adventures on the playground and maybe picking some peaches.
      Sat.-Sun., June 27-28; Fri.-Sun., July 3-5  
      Sweet Eats Farm, Georgetown
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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
    • Community

      Kids

      Terra Toys Staff-Curated Bundles

      Multiple "Best of Austin" award winners Terra Toys has expert personal shoppers at the ready to help you select the perfect item. They've also put together bundles with themes like the Deep Sea, Hogwarts, Frida Favorites, and tons more ready for same-day pickup, so you can support a local favorite and beat the summer doldrums.
       
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Texas History at Home

      All state historic sites and their grounds have closed to the public, but you can explore the historic site atlas, watch videos, dive into historic stories and maps, and more from the comfort of your home.
       
      Online from Texas Historical Commission
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      Events

      Texas Story Project

      Every Texan has a story, and you can share yours with the Bullock Museum's Texas Story Project. For inspiration, visit the interactive Texas map, then add your own story using their prompts, such as "How has your Texas community changed since you moved there?" or "What object, heirloom, or work of art reminds you most of Texas?" You can even add photos, videos, or audio files to your story.
       
      Online via Bullock Museum
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      Kids

      The Contemporary From Home

      The Contemporary Austin museum can now be enjoyed from home, with online activities for kids and art classes for all ages. Check in each week for a supply list and then work on projects like bug hotels, recycled robots, and tape art along with an instructional video. See the website for more offerings for the whole family.
       
      Online
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      Events

      The Escape Game Remote Adventures

      Play the Escape Game’s newest game, "Ruins: Forbidden Treasure," from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Control an avatar wearing a live feed camera, search 360° images of the room, and use items in your online dashboard to progress through the game. An expert game guide will be there to help along the way, just like the typical escape room. Assemble a team of friends, family, or co-workers, and see if you can escape within an hour!
      $25/person.  
      Online
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      Kids

      Thinkery at Home

      Kids' museum Thinkery has put together a collection of STEAM activity videos and guides to projects like making your own applesauce and growing sprouts, all available online. Plus, storytimes in English and español are on Facebook Live throughout the week, and kids can take part in design challenges like designing a board game or creating things that fly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There's so much to do! Check out their website and FB page for all the details, and become a Thinkery member to get early access to new activities.
       
      Online
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      Seasonal Jobs

      Tomlinson's Feed & Pets Hiring

      Tomlinson’s Feed & Pets, Central Texas’ favorite pet supply store for 73 years and counting, is currently hiring for part-time and full-time positions at several locations around Austin. Apply online.
      All Austin-area Tomlinson's locations
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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.
      Online
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      Out of Town

      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
    • Community

      Kids

      VentureLab Entrepreneurial Curriculum

      Austin-based nonprofit VentureLab has entrepreneurial skills training available online for kids from elementary to high school age, aimed toward developing STEAM, design, creative, and collaborative skill sets. Their mission is to help create the next generation of innovators and encourage the type of thinking we need to overcome the crisis we face today, so now is a great time to spark your child's interest in problem-solving and build their skills.
       
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Virtual Museum Tours

      Trying to avoid crowds? Visit 11 of Texas’ most interesting museums from the comfort of your home, including the Sixth Floor Museum, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and the National Cowgirl Museum.
      Free.  
      Online via Texas State Historical Association
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      Out of Town

      Virtual Tour of Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids

      Step inside the Gerald R. Ford Museum and take a virtual tour with museum curator Don Holloway. Walk through the Core Exhibits and learn about Gerald Ford’s childhood and early years in Grand Rapids.
       
      online
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      Out of Town

      Virtual Trip to Marble Falls

      Take a day trip without leaving the farm (or your living room) with new videos from Marble Falls. Take a 14-minute sunset ride on a paddleboard on Lake Marble Falls or admire the bluebonnets.
      Online
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      Events

      Virtual YMCA

      YMCA of Austin's homepage has been reconfigured to serve as a one-stop resource with streaming exercise classes, information and classes tailored for seniors, activities for kids and families, kids’ educational resources, spiritual and emotional support, nutrition resources and tips, links to community information, as well as ways people can volunteer and give back. You can also follow them on social media for even more activities.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Events

      Volunteer From Home for Ronald McDonald House

      The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas is to keep families with sick children together by providing lodging near hospitals, and they have needs that you can help meet from your own home. Donate online or choose from the helpful list of projects they've put together: Crafty volunteers can crochet beanies for NICU babies or create greeting cards, or you can put together activity packets or toiletry kits, order something from their Amazon wish list or have a meal delivered, and more. The full list is here.
       
      At home
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      Events

      We Are Blood T-Shirt Giveaway

      Now through July 14, all donors get a free T-shirt from We Are Blood. Appointments are mandatory due to COVID-19, so schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
      Through July 14  
      We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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      Events

      WeFund Tool for Austin City Budget

      Have you wondered what "Defund the Police" could mean in real terms? If you could move millions of budget dollars around, where would you put it? This tool from the Austin Justice Coalition lets you do just that. Try it out for yourself and submit your ideal budget ahead of City Council's discussion on the subject, scheduled to begin July 23.
      Ongoing; budget deliberations begin July 23  
      Online
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      Out of Town

      Witte Where You Are

      The art, history, and science museum is working to reopen in the new normal, but until then it has a digital series of virtual visits that cover everything from cooking classes to science lessons.
       
      Online via Witte Museum, San Antonio
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      Kids

      Women & Their Work Educational Resources

      Women & Their Work has a huge online selection of art activities, games, and educational resources, including projects you can do at home that relate to recent exhibits.
      Online
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      Events

      YMCA Child Care for Essential Workers

      YMCA of Austin is offering child care for children of health care workers, first responders, and all other essential workers. Care is available for children ages 3-12, and children are required to bring a sack lunch. During the day, kids will enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, games, movies, snacks, and supervision from experienced, expert Y staff. Children will be divided into small groups throughout the Y facilities, and proper social spacing will be maintained at all times. Register online.
      $40-50.  
      Austin-area YMCAs
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      Sports

      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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