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  • Teacher Confessions

    Teacher Confessions celebrates teachers through performing anonymous stories from teachers on stage. From funny, serious, poignant, or provocative, they will welcome those serious, absurd, comedic and even baffling confessions - they will highlight teachers' personal stories through storytelling and improvised skits. Expect a terrific night of diverse material!
    July 30-31, 7:30pm  
    Baker School
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    Black Candidate Forum

    The Black Leaders Collective provides a chance to hear from Black candidates, some running for the first time and others who are up for reelection. Hear from possible constables, commissioners, council members, and school board members from Round Rock to Buda.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 7pm  
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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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    MACC: ¡Viva México!

    This year, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center hosts its annual Viva México celebration virtually, free of charge, livestreamed on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter. Hosted by Roen Salinas, the event features music and dance by local artists, family-friendly hands-on activities, a Ballet Folklorico lesson and performance, and a multimedia exhibit from artist Diana Molina – and Consulate General of México Pablo Marentes will give the classic Grito de Independencia to close out the evening.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 6-8pm. Free.  
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    Politicians & Musicians: Get Out the Vote Letter Writing Parties

    Join Swing Left ATX and Vote Forward for an entertaining night of music, community action, and getting out the vote! Volunteers will send heartfelt handwritten letters to unregistered and low-propensity voters, which has been shown to significantly boost voter turnout. Each Wednesday features a Texas House candidate and Texas musicians to entertain during the letter-writing.
    Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Free.  
    Virtual
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    PPE Distribution Event: Consulate General of Mexico

    Austin Public Health, CommUnityCare, and Central Health will be distributing hand sanitizer, masks, and educational materials.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 4-6pm. Free.  
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    Texas Tribune Festival

    For 10 years The Texas Tribune Festival has invited people from all over the state and country to talk about all things policy, politics, and current events. This year, the entirely virtual conference will feature a month of programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. With speakers such as Hillary Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ted Cruz, and Willie Nelson, you won’t want to miss it!
    Through Sept. 30. $49-199.  
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    YWA Speaker Series at Home: Fireside Chat

    The Young Women’s Alliance is an organization devoted to the professional and personal development of women leaders in Central Texas. This month's speaker series features local writer Chandler Baker, author of bestseller Whisper Network.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 6:30-8pm. $10.  
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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 Pilates Group Reformer Workshop

    Pilates is one of the best workouts around, and if you're new to it and/or the Pilates Reformer equipment, this workshop is a perfect place to start. Everyone is a beginner in this workshop.
    Wednesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11, 6:15-7pm. $150 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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    Advisory Councils Seek New Members

    For anyone passionate about pedestrian and bicyclist issues, you might consider becoming part of the groups that advise City Council on these matters. Applications are being accepted for both the Bicycle Advisory Council and Pedestrian Advisory Council. They typically meet monthly, and applicants are encouraged to attend the next virtual meeting of the council they'd like to join (PAC: Sept. 14; BAC: Sept. 15). Apply here for the BAC and here for the PAC.
    Deadline: Sept. 25  
    Apply online
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    AGE Caregiver Conference

    AGE of Central Texas will go virtual this year to host the seventh annual Williamson County Caregiver Conference, with daily seminar sessions over three days. Sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Health, the free conference will address “Caregiving During Difficult Times” and feature presentations by regional and national caregiving experts.
    Tue.-Thu., Sept. 15-17  
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    AISD Launches New Support Web Pages

    Austin ISD has launched new web pages full of resources, FAQs, and instructions to support Community Learning Spaces and caregivers as students begin learning remotely for the first four weeks of school. Community Learning Spaces are facilitated by community organizations, groups of parents, faith-based organizations, or public entities that provide in-person support to students during times of remote off-campus instruction, and you can find one online if needed.
    Beginning Sept. 8  
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    AISD Produce Boxes

    Austin ISD will continue to provide free, local Farm Fresh Boxes from the Common Market Texas through October 7. Boxes feature a variety of Texas-grown vegetables and are available at no cost to families with children under the age of 19, and are available until they run out. Children may accept the boxes, or they will be provided to the adults accompanying children or with documentation of the children they are picking meals up for.
    Wednesdays through Oct. 7, 10:30am-12:30pm  
    Various locations
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    Austin Self-Guided Hemp Tour

    Learn more about hemp while social distancing. Visit all seven retail locations for special discounts, education, and free swag.
    Through Oct. 22. Free.  
    Citywide
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    Beginning Ballet 2 Workshop for Adults

    Adult ballet classes offer a fun way to tone and tighten your body while learning ballet technique. This course is for those who wish to continue the work of the Absolute Beginning Ballet workshop or have had an introduction to basic ballet and want a refresher.
    Sept. 19-Oct. 24, noon-1pm. $130 for a six-week workshop.  
    www.balletaustin.org
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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.
     
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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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    City Council Candidate Forum: D2

    The city’s Ethics Review Commission and the League of Women Voters Austin Area host a forum with candidates David Chincanchan, Vanessa Fuentes, Casey Ramos, and Alex Strenger for Council's lone open seat.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 6pm  
    ATXN; cable chanel six; AT&T U-Verse channel 99
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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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
    June 8-Oct. 1  
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    Fix-It at Home!

    Learn how to patch and hem clothing with a sewing machine.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 7-8pm. Free.  
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    Fix-It at Home! Patches & Hems on a Sewing Machine

    This class is for anyone with a sewing machine who wants to learn how to patch and hem clothing. Learn how to make your pants or skirt fit well, with ease. If you don’t have a sewing machine, there will be a couple of non-sewing techniques to learn as well.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 7pm. Free.  
    Online
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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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    Help Rename the Zilker Train

    Help rename the Zilker Park train, formerly known as the Zilker Zephyr, which went out of commission in 2019 and is preparing to hit the tracks once again. Kids can also fill in and upload a Zilker Train coloring sheet. The Parks Foundation will announce the most popular train names at Party for the Parks on Sept. 30, opening voting for the final name.
    Deadline: Mon., Sept. 21  
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    ImprovEd Shakespeare Club

    Kids age 8-12 will enjoy this playful approach to engaging with the Bard. Hourlong extremely interactive weekly virtual sessions are combined with at-home projects, such as sending sonnets to pen pals, recording selfie videos as Shakespeare characters, and performing spontaneous Shakespeare flash mob soliloquies for the trees in your backyard.
    Sept. 17-Dec. 17, Thursdays, 11am. $50/month or $140/semester.  
    Online
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    Now Accepting Apologies

    This project is for anyone who has ever wondered deeply about responsibility, consequence, justice, and forgiveness. Storytelling plays a role in changing our culture of accountability, so if you have ever had an experience involving an apology, the creators want to hear from you. Share your story via voicemail or the web form to take part in the project.
    Through Sept. 16. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Pig Week 2020

    OK, so Pig Week is actually seven weeks, during which Central Texas Pig Rescue's compassionate small-business friends will be offering specials, with proceeds going to the CTPR Expansion Project. Check the calendar, follow CTPR's social media, and sign up for the newsletter to get reminders and updates. Then, simply indulge in your local faves like Rebel Cheese, Plow Burger, Bouldin Creek Cafe, and more, and share on Instagram by tagging @centraltexaspigrescue and the business' account using #pigweek2020 to be entered into raffles. It's an excellent way to "swine and dine," if you will, for a great cause.
    Through Oct. 31  
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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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    RISE 2.0 Application Period Open

    Relief in a State of Emergency (RISE) 2.0 funding is for individuals who have experienced a financial hardship related to COVID-19, and the application period is now open. Funds will be distributed to those who apply and are chosen through a randomized selection process. Chosen applicants will receive $2,000 per household. Apply online or call 512/714-6950.
    Applications due Mon., Sept. 21, 7pm  
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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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    Shoal Creek Social Distancing

    Join Shoal Creek Conservancy for a two-week social distancing giving campaign. Safely enjoy the Shoal Creek Trail and celebrate with the conservancy with a self-led photo scavenger hunt and virtual happy hour. Get all the details, including how to win tons of cool prizes, on the website.
    Sept. 15-30  
    Shoal Creek Trail
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    Shoal Creek Social Distancing 2020

    In place of Shoal Creek Conservancy's annual in-person social, the org will be promoting several virtual and on-the-creek engagement opportunities, including a virtual happy hour, photo scavenger hunt, and pop-ups along the creek.
    Sept. 15-30  
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    Small Business Accounting

    Gain some basic accounting knowledge and skills so you can better manage current operations, ensure timely and accurate tax compliance, evaluate new opportunities, and attract new partners or investors. This class is taught by a UT instructor and counts toward the six-course requirement for a Business Skills certification.
    Tue.-Wed., Sept. 15-16, 1-4pm. Free.  
    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.
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    Videodance™ Janet Jackson’s "Rhythm Nation" Dance Workshop

    Four weeks of Videodance™ featuring the choreography of "Rhythm Nation" by iconic singer Janet Jackson, released in 1989. Still a favorite today.
    Thursdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 8, 8:45-9:45pm. $80 for 4 weeks.  
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    Washington County Fair

    The oldest county fair in Texas returns to its roots as a livestock and agriculture project showcase for area youth without a rodeo or midway.
    Through Sept. 19  
    Brenham
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    We Are Blood’s September Promotions

    We Are Blood is celebrating September with various promotions. Through Sept. 4, donors will receive a voucher for P. Terry's newest menu item, the Egg Burger. Donors between Sept. 5 and 7 will receive a branded We Are Blood cap, and donors between Sept. 8 and 30 will receive a blood type wristband. Due to COVID-19, appointments are mandatory and masks or face coverings are required. Schedule an appointment online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Sept. 30  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    We Run the World

    Academy presents a virtual relay race to get athletes of all ages running and walking 25,000 miles total, just over the circumference of the world, for Marathon Kids. Track and donate your miles with FitRankings, and follow along on the Leaderboard.
    Through Sept. 30. Free-$50.  
    Anywhere
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    Women, Wine & Wellness

    Therapist Dr. Jere Webber presents an interactive night of relationship advice and stress management tips. Every attendee will get a free engraved stemless wine glass, and the opportunity to win a bottle of wine or a massage. Call 512/250-2224 or register online.
    Wed., Sept. 16, 6:30pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    YMCA E-Sports Gaming Leagues

    The Y will offer kids ages 8 and up an opportunity to compete in two of the world’s most popular games – Rocket League and League of Legends. Matches will be held on Saturdays beginning Oct. 3, and your team will play together virtually from home.
    Deadline to register: Sat., Sept. 26. $10.  
    Online
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    YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

    A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
    English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. 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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