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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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    Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

    Día de los Muertos With ESB-MACC

    The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's programming is mostly virtual this year, and it's time to begin preparations. To participate, you can register for a free sugar skull kit and watch instructional videos on creating them and other crafts, submit photos or videos of your ofrenda, enter the Catrina/calavera contest, visit the outdoor art installation, and more, all leading up to the digital program packed with performances and presentations.
    Sugar skull kit pickup: Oct. 26-30; digital program: Nov. 1-2  
    ESB-MACC and online
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    Early Voting for the Nov. 3 Election

    Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page.
    Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30  
    Citywide
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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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    Jo's Ugly Dog Contest

    Does your furry friend have an irresistible aesthetic or a costume wardrobe you're dying to show off? Submit their photo to enter the contest, and entry fees go to Austin Humane Society. Spectators are welcome to vote at Jo's Coffee in the week before judging in three categories including Best Hair, Best Costume, and Ugly Dog (although they are all the cutest, of course).
    Register by Oct. 25; voting open Oct. 25-31; judging Oct. 31, 1pm  
    Submit online; vote at Jo's Coffee, 242 W. Second
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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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    Scare for a Cure

    Scare for a Cure is raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a fun Halloween challenge. Participate by uploading photos of your spooky decor, and they'll make you a donation page that you can share with your fans, with the option of adding your location to the map. Everyone's welcome to visit the displays (virtually or IRL) and contribute to your faves.: Read more here.
    Through Nov. 9  
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    Shock the Vote ATX Online Auction

    Shock the Vote ATX is all about community engagement, with 80 cents of every dollar of profit going directly to featured local nonprofit orgs. And this auction is a chance to score some very cool items including an abundant selection of art by Tim Doyle, Devin Lawson, and others; autographed albums; a priceless Robert Plant signed and framed print – and so much more. You don't want to miss this one!
    Through Nov. 8, 8pm  
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    The Austin Chronicle's Costume Contest

    The Austin Chronicle is hosting its first-ever readers' Halloween Costume Contest, sponsored by Zip Lost Pines. Enter your most creatively spooky getups by sending hi-res photos to halloween@austinchronicle.com. The grand prize winner will receive a weekend staycation from Springhill Suites by Marriott (San Antonio Northwest at the Rim) and be featured in the Halloween issue of the Chronicle. Runners-up and honorable mentions will also be eligible for special prizes. Not dressing up this year? That’s okay! Send pics of your best Halloween home displays and tell us how you’re spooking up the neighborhood! Follow @AustinChronicle and @ChronEvents for more info.
    Through Tue., Oct. 27  
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    A Cut Above Costumes

    Make an appointment (virtual or in-person) and let A Cut Above's consultants help you build a unique look from 50,000+ costumes, whether you're attending a socially distanced event or just for some fun Halloween pictures.
    Ongoing  
    A Cut Above Costumes, 150 Texas Ave., Round Rock
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    Absolute Beginning Tap Dance Workshop for Adults

    Tap is a great workout for the mind and body, and the perfect dance style to pick up as an adult. Ballet Austin's fun four-week workshop is the perfect way to get started so you can learn something new and fulfill a dream.
    Mondays, Oct. 26-Nov. 16, 2:45-3:45pm. $85 for four weeks.  
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    APH Recommendations for Safe Holidays

    Austin Public Health has published recommendations for celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos safely during the pandemic, encouraging families to make new traditions this year and be mindful of the risk level of holiday activities. Low-risk ideas like a candy hunt at home or virtual celebration are advised, and you can get more inspiration and advice on what to avoid with their helpful infographics online.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    ATXelerator 2021 Application

    The ATXelerator aims to provide aspiring public officials with an experiential education on how Austin city government functions. This year's program will incorporate a hybrid learning model offering socially distanced, in-person activities as well as having all activities be available virtually.
    Deadline: Dec. 7. Application, free; tuition (if admitted), $195.  
    Online
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    Audit and Finance Committee Meeting

    Discussion on the FY 2021 proposed draft audit plan from the City Auditor’s Office.
    Wed., Oct. 21, 9:30am  
    Videoconference
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    Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee Meeting

    See agenda for details.
    Wed., Oct. 21, 1:30pm  
    Videoconference
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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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    Bethany Lutheran Pumpkin Patch 2020

    Pumpkin season has arrived! Get your gourds here, and don't forget to wear your mask.
    Through Oct. 30. Mon.-Fri., noon-7pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-6pm  
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    Bright Green Future Grant Applications

    For the 2020-21 school year, applying teachers/students will choose from a “menu” of sustainability-themed curriculums offered through local nonprofits.
    Deadline: Mon., Oct. 26  
    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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    Canyon Lake Gorge Tours

    In the summer of 2002, for the first time floodwaters rushed over the spillway carving a geological wonder exposing dinosaur tracks, creating waterfalls, and carving a new lagoon now a part of a three-hour tour.
    Ongoing. $10.  
    Canyon Lake
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    Central Health Board of Managers Applications

    The Travis County Commissioners Court is seeking applications from qualified individuals to serve on the Central Health Board of Managers. Further info and the packet available here.
    Deadline: Oct. 30, 5pm  
    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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    Club Latinitas

    Girls interested in technology, electronics, making videos, or writing should sign up for Club Latinitas, a great way to spend an afternoon with friends online.
    Mondays & Wednesdays through Dec. 16  
    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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    DC Law Veterans Day Fundraiser

    Through Veterans Day, DC Law is raising funds and matching donations up to $5,000 to Service Dogs Inc., which supports wounded veterans through partnerships with custom-trained service dogs.
    Through Nov. 11  
    Donate online
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    District 2 Candidate Forum

    The Southeast Combined Neighborhood Plan Contact Team will conduct a live Q&A with City Council candidates for District 2 David Chincanchan, Vanessa Fuentes, and Casey Ramos. If you haven't yet met the candidates, this will be a great chance to hear their thoughts and plans regarding issues affecting Dove Springs and surrounding neighborhoods.
    Wed., Oct. 21, 6-7pm. Free.  
    Facebook Live
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    District 5 Reimagining Public Safety Community Conversation

    An opportunity to learn more about Austin's ongoing police reforms and share your thoughts and ideas about what it means to reimagine public safety for our community.
    Wed., Oct. 21, 5:30-7:30pm  
    Online
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    DIY Orienteering Course

    The Austin Orienteering Club kicks off the 2020/2021 season with a DIY orienteering course at one of their favorite venues: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Sign up to get the map and enjoy orienteering at your leisure.
    Through Nov. 8. $10-16.  
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    Don't Fall for the Call

    Austin utility customers are targeted by scammers every day, and the city wants everyone to be aware of how to recognize them. Scammers may call from spoofed numbers and request a call back at an 800 number, and may tell you metering equipment needs maintenance or threaten immediate service cutoff. Austin Energy will never ask for sensitive information over the phone or request non-traceable payment like gift cards. If you get a suspicious call, text, email, visit, or letter, make note of the callback number and report it to 311 and/or contact Customer Care online or at 512/494-9400.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Taco

    Donate at any of We Are Blood’s three donor centers or at any mobile blood drive to get a taco from Tacodeli. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Through Oct. 25  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Downtown Commission Meeting

    Commissioners will share a presentation on the economic recovery and future resiliency of Downtown.
    Wed., Oct. 21, 5:30pm  
    Videoconference
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    Eagle Nest Webcam

    The eagle cam is back after being dark for nearly two years, and the pair of eagles are building their nest in preparation of the eggs sometime in December or January. Watch their progress from home.
    Through early spring. Free.  
    Online via JBS Wetland Center, Seagoville
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    Extremism and the Election

    Anti-Defamation League Austin's webinar on how extremism and political violence are manifesting this election cycle, and the potential impact they may have on the election outcome and beyond.
    Wed., Oct. 21, noon-1pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Fall Folly

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church is raising funds to support their community ministries with an online silent auction featuring unique gift baskets, plants, face masks, art, and more.
    Oct. 18-24  
    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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    How to Write a Business Plan Webinar

    Practical, step-by-step instruction on how to develop a business plan for a small start-up business or the expansion of an existing business.
    Tue.-Wed., Oct. 20-21, 9am-noon. Free.  
    Online
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    Kinder Play to Learn

    The YMCA's experienced instructors will facilitate fun and engaging lessons that will promote your child’s learning, development, and academic skills. Themes include Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Bugs Week, and Fairytale Adventure.
    Mon. & Wed. through Oct. 28, 2:30-3:30pm. $15 per class.  
    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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    Project Vote Safe

    Volunteer to help hand out bottled waters and snacks to voters lined up at the polls.
    Through Oct. 30. Daily, times vary  
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    Reuse & Rethink Halloween Challenge

    For Halloween decor and costumes, don't forget about Austin Creative Reuse. They've got all manner of supplies to craft Earth-friendly creations, so get the creative juices flowing and submit your reused Halloween mask, costume, or accessory to rethink@austincreativereuse.org for your chance to win a $10 ACR gift card.
    Through Oct. 31  
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    Out of Town

    Scarecrow Invasion

    Take a leisurely drive around town to see the autumn displays in front of homes and businesses.
    Oct. 15-30  
    Comfort
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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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    Out of Town

    Take a (Virtual) Day Trip Around the World

    Learn something new, visit museums around the world, and explore the hidden mysteries of life at the website with enough cool stuff to outlast any pandemic.
    Any day, anytime  
    Online
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    Texas House Party

    The Rabble's Becky Bullard and Ashley Cheng will be talking with Texas House Democratic candidates, plus appearances from Texas U.S. Senate Democratic candidate MJ Hegar and musician Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
    Wed., Oct. 21, 6:30-8pm. Free.  
    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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    Virtual YPWeek: Building Our Future

    Austin Young Chamber is a national partner of this conference for young people who are ready to build a new, more equitable future. Challenge your thinking, hear from those working toward progress on the front lines, learn about existing community efforts, and form lasting relationships with the leaders of tomorrow.
    Tue.-Wed., Oct. 20-21. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Wednesday Set: Poolside Yoga Series

    An hour of mindful movement and meditation to get you over hump day. Everything's provided, and you'll get a discount at the bar and access to the pool deck and gym with the class.
    Wednesdays, 5:30pm. $25.  
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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
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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