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    The Austin Chronicle Virtual Hot Sauce Festival

    The 30th annual Hot Sauce Festival is going virtual this year! Donate to the Central Texas Food Bank to count yourself in on the spicy festivities. The live event will feature winner announcements, hot sauce judging highlights, surprises from Camila McConaughey and Eldorado Cafe, plus music from Go Fever, Como Las Movies, Mike Melinoe, and Nemegata. Your donation helps Central Texas families in need and comes with special perks from local sponsors like Joy Organics, Tiff's Treats, Grassroots Harvest, and dozens more. Tasting kits are sold out, but all-new Hot Sauce merch is still available. Get more info and make your donation at austinchronicle.com/hot-sauce.
    Sun., Aug. 30  
    Online
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    ASFD Face Masks Now Available

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Austin School of Fashion Design is selling face masks, and your contribution is very much appreciated. They're 100% cotton, handmade, reversible, washable, and reusable, and include a filter pocket. Special orders are accepted, and they'll ship everywhere. Get fun designs including Pride, Marvel, Spider-Man, sugar skulls, and more.
    Ongoing. $10 and up.  
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    Final Call for RENT: Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants

    This program through the city of Austin provides full rent payment for income-eligible renters financially impacted by COVID-19. Get all the details on their FAQ and apply online.
    Applications due Tue., Dec. 8, noon  
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Call for Día de los Muertos Ofrendas

    Mexic-Arte Museum is seeking community altar artists for their Día de los Muertos celebration this fall. Artists must be able to complete installation between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15. Email curator George Vargas for an application.
    Application deadline: Aug. 26  
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    Trash Makeover Challenge

    Join Texas Campaign for the Environment for this 10th annual event, a contest for fashion designers, stylists, and models to create original high-fashion looks out of recycled and recovered materials. Enjoy a unique fashion show, participate in the People’s Choice awards, and learn more about TCE's work to fight pollution in Texas. There's also an online auction with unique items from some of Austin's favorite vendors, restaurants, and performers, going all week leading up to the event.
    Show: Sat., Aug. 29, 7pm; auction begins Aug. 21  
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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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    Absolute Beginning Ballet Workshop for Adults

    Designed for those who have never had a ballet class, this workshop teaches ballet from the very beginning. It's never too late: adults and teens age 15 and up welcome. At the end of the session, you will have learned some of the fundamental positions, vocabulary, and basic principles of ballet. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Sundays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 2:30-3:30pm or Mondays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, 12:30-1:30pm. $130 for six weeks.  
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    Absolute Beginning Hip-Hop for Adults

    It's never too late to learn something new, and hip-hop dance is tons of fun for all ages. This workshop is designed to introduce adults (and teens age 16 and up) to hip-hop culture and dance, build a solid foundation to execute popular dance moves, improve energy, lift mood, and lower stress. Sign up now; registration will close when full. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 8:30-9:30pm. $125 for six weeks.  
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    Absolute Beginning Tap Dance for Adults

    A tap workshop designed for adults to learn tap dance from the very beginning: fulfill a dream and learn something new! It's appropriate for any age, and a perfect dance style to learn as an adult, and is a great workout. Held on-site at Ballet Austin's Butler Center.
    Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 7:15-8:15pm. $85.  
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    AISD Meal Service

    Through Sept. 4, any child under the age of 19 may receive one breakfast and one lunch meal daily from Austin ISD, Monday-Thursday, with Fridays as the weekend meal distribution day. No application or identification is needed; children can simply show up at any participating site to receive a healthy meal. AISD has lots more information online about resources for those in need of food, and if you'd like to help, donate to Austin Ed Fund.
    Through Sept. 4  
    Various locations
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    AJC Book Club: Running

    Following the Austin Justice Coalition's policy meeting they’ll discuss Running by Natalia Sylvester and how it relates to AJC’s police advocacy work.
    Sun., Aug. 23, 5pm  
    Online via Zoom
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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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    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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    Child Care Provider Relief Grant Application Period Open

    The Austin Child Care Provider Relief Grant provides immediate one-time financial assistance to eligible child care centers, including home providers. In partnership with the city of Austin, United Way for Greater Austin will accept applications and provide consultation and case management services to grant applicants. Join a webinar on Wed., July 22, at 9am to get more information.
    Open July 21 to Oct. 1 or when funding is expended, whichever is first  
    Online
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    CIS Ready for School Supply Drive

    This year, the Communities in Schools supply drive is more important than ever. As students return to school, whether in a building or at home, they will need the right tools to ensure success. Donate now to help CIS Central Texas reach their $75K goal.
    Ongoing  
    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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    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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    El Sabor de Austin Auction for Latinitas

    Dozens of Austin's coolest and most philanthropic restaurants joined forces to empower tomorrow's courageous leaders: Latinitas students. Latinitas is the original bilingual STEM education program for girls in Austin, and your auction bids will keep this essential program going. You can't miss with any of these options, but a small sample of the items up for bidding includes gift cards from Tiff's Treats, Via 313, Sugar Mama's, and Bird Bird Biscuit.
    Through Aug. 29  
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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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    Happy on the Inside

    Did you know happiness is something you can train in? This weekly course teaches simple and effective meditations to cultivate happiness and connect to the potential for lasting happiness and freedom.
    Sundays in August, 10:30am-noon. $12.  
    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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    Home Run Dugout Experience

    Live the dream by reserving a day at Dell Diamond's batting bay.
    Ongoing  
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    Little White Chapel Pop-up Weddings

    Now here's an idea: quick, gorgeous, COVID-conscious weddings with all the bells and whistles, put on by some of Austin's favorite local vendors, at the iconic Mercury Hall. You'll be in and out in a jif, and the space will be sanitized and set up for the next happy couple. They're getting booked up fast, so sign up ASAP.
    Slots available for Fri.-Sun., Sept. 11-13, 11am-8:30pm. $2000.  
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    Live Pari-Mutuel Horse Racing

    Gates open at 11am with post time at 1pm for quarter horse and thoroughbred horse racing.
    Sat-Sun., Aug. 22-23. $10.  
    Fredericksburg
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    Music on the Lantana Stage

    Sip a cold brew while listening to the Janie Balderas Duo on Saturday afternoon and Brandon Padier on Sunday.
    Sat.-Sun., Aug. 22-23  
    Roughhouse Brewery, San Marcos
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    Pavement Austin Now Open

    Be among the first to experience an epic new retail destination for men and women with almost 10,000 square feet of modern, upcycled, new, and vintage fashions. Buy, sell, or trade. Free parking, next to Eberly.
    Open daily 10am-9pm  
    611 S. Lamar
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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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    Restaurant Month

    Due to the pandemic, the annual culinary celebration has been extended from two weeks to four with some of the top eateries in town offering prix fixe lunch or dinner meals with an emphasis on to-go dining. Funds raised go to support the organization’s fund to aid the hospitality industry.
    Aug. 1-31  
    San Antonio
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    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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    Suffrage Now: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

    Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
    Aug. 6-Jan. 31  
    Online
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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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    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.
Ongoing
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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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