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  • Texas Book Festival

    Discover new stories with Texas Book Festival. This year's Fest is going hybrid featuring virtual sessions & in-person programming at Symphony Square and Austin Central Library. The event is free and open to the public. Register for your favorite sessions today! Find out more on their website.
    Oct. 23-31  
    Virtual/In-Person Hybrid Event
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    Austin Empty Bowl Project

    The need is greater than ever, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Visit the online store for Sam Hurt's special COVID T-shirt or big beautiful tote bag, the AEBP cookbook, Nancy Elder quilt raffle tickets, online concert tickets, and the online silent auction link. The silent auction includes everything from bowls for you and your dog to restaurant gift certificates. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. For every $25 donated, an empty bowl will be added to food boxes distributed by the Central Texas Food Bank or Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
    Through Nov. 22. By donation and online auction.  
    Online
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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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    It's My Park Day – At a Distance

    Volunteer virtually – or safely, in person – to help Austin's parks. Austin Parks Foundation will unveil volunteer opportunities on Sat., Nov. 7, 10am, here.
    Online
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    Mission Possible Thanksgiving

    Lend a hand to those experiencing homelessness this year by donating to Mission Possible's Great Thanksgiving Banquet fund. Donations of $6 cover the cost of one meal, and $10 can provide a sleeping bag. The banquet is held on Sun., Nov. 22.
    Donate by Sat., Nov. 21. Select "I want to support Thanksgiving Banquet" on the donation page.  
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    PAWS Bone Appetit

    PAWS Shelter of Central Texas' virtual fundraising event promises performances from the likes of Jimmie Vaughan, celebrity guests such as Nancy McKeon from Facts of Life, an online auction featuring tons of vacation packages, and heartwarming stories of precious rescued pets.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 7pm  
    Online
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    SIMS Foundation Presents: Music for the Mind

    Broadcast from Arlyn Studios, this special livestream features performances covering a variety of genres interwoven with personal stories, as artists share their connections to mental health and raise money for the SIMS Foundation.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 6-10pm. $10 donation.  
    Online
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    Texans Can Academies Thanksgiving Food Drive

    No one should be without a Thanksgiving meal this year. Using an Amazon wish list, those in the giving mood can easily purchase items for Texans Can Academies students and have them shipped directly to the school for distribution in Thanksgiving baskets for students to take home. Or, if you would like to schedule a delivery or pickup, please contact Nina Winstead at nwinstead@texanscan.org or 512/400-3313.
    Order on Amazon by Thu., Nov. 12; in-person donations accepted until Nov. 18  
    Online
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    WIFT Hunt ATX

    You probably know about some of the local filming locations for Dazed and Confused, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Grindhouse, Friday Night Lights, and Office Space, but Women in Film & Television Austin is challenging you to visit them all. They've put together a handy map so you can hunt them all down, and to enter their scavenger hunt contest, post a selfie using #WIFTHuntATX and tag WIFT, or send it via email. You can also visit locations that aren't on the map if you're in the know. There are tons of cool prizes from local vendors, and all participants get a discount at the Gas Station in Bastrop. Get to hunting today; there are so many locations to visit!
    Through Nov. 12  
    Various locations; submit entries online
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    Aging Well in Health and Wealth: Having a Family Plan

    A webinar examining the role income inequality and the wealth gap play in having financial stability and good health in our senior years, and the importance of initiating family discussions and making plans for senior living. Hosted by the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Latinos for Secure Retirement.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 6:30-7:30pm  
    Online via Zoom & Facebook Live
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    Art & Business Conversation Series

    The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, in collaboration with Capitol View Arts, presents this series providing professional development skills and addressing challenges that Black and Brown creatives in Austin area face in regard to launching their careers.
    Thursdays through Nov. 19, 11:30am-1pm  
    Online
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    Art & Business Conversation Series Vol. 2

    This series seeks to provide professional development opportunities for early-mid career artists of color. Artist Ryan Runcie and attorney Adrian Resendez will discuss the legal and logistical intersection of public art contracts.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 11:30am-1pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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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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    Austin Design Week 2020

    Join the Austin creative community for the fifth annual Austin Design Week and get inspired by a variety of free workshops, talks, and presentations hosted by Austin creatives and showcasing the best in Austin design. Open to everyone.
    Mon.-Fri., Nov. 9-13. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Out of Town

    Big Band Bash

    Johnny Nicholas is joined by his friends and guests over four evenings of special music for a good cause.
    Thu.-Sun., Nov. 12-15. $75-100.  
    Hill Top Cafe, Fredericksburg
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    BSC Reopening Business Safely Global Forum

    Business is not as usual. This is a safe place to talk about business concerns, share ideas, and hear from weekly business expert guests.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Through Dec. 16. Free.  
    Online
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    BSC's Rebuilding Business Nationwide Forum

    Business Success Center offers a weekly opportunity to network with other business owners and learn from one another. It's an open forum so you can come and go as you please.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Through Dec. 17. Free.  
    Online
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    City Council Meeting

    Council's 66-Item agenda encompasses a little bit of everything, including economic development, property rezoning requests, and a lease agreement regarding a new location for the Downtown Community Court.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 10am  
    Videoconference
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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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    Coats for Kids

    The Junior League of Austin will distribute over 30,000 coats at the annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day event. To receive a coat, AISD students who qualify for free and reduced lunch services can register by filling out this form. If you've got a coat to donate, you can drop it off at any Jack Brown Dry Cleaners. Monetary donations can be made online at www.jlaustin.org. See website for volunteer registration.
    Request a coat deadline: Nov. 20; coat distribution: Dec. 1-12  
    Citywide
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    Out of Town

    Día de los Muertos Goes Virtual

    Usually a street festival, this year you can go online to learn how to make an altar, shop for art, and see art exhibits.
    Through Nov. 13. Free.  
    Online from Corpus Christi
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    Out of Town

    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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    Emancipet Veterans Day Discounted Exams

    Emancipet is offering military service members, active or veteran, discounted pet wellness exams for $5 with proof of military service for the entire month of November.
    Through Nov. 30. $5.  
    Austin-area Emancipet clinics
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    Georgetown Field of Honor

    The Rotary Club of Georgetown displays over 1,700 U.S. flags in honor of the military, this year including the frontline workers facing the pandemic. Visit the breathtaking display all week long, and purchase a flag to honor and support first responders, veterans, active duty military, and K-9 heroes.
    Nov. 7-15  
    San Gabriel Park Activity Field, Chamber Way, Georgetown
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    Hands for Hope

    El Buen is once again gearing up for its annual Hands for Hope meal distribution event, this year aiming to provide holiday meals to 1,750 families. Make a contribution online or sign up to volunteer on distribution day.
    Donate now; distribution day is Sat., Nov. 21  
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    Help Clifford Help Kids

    The 20th annual event features a weeklong online auction with a musical performance by Bob Schneider on Nov. 12. Proceeds benefit American YouthWorks, an Austin-based nonprofit connecting youth and young adults with education, job skills training, and supportive services.
    Nov. 5-12  
    Online
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    Hidden Heroes Caregiving Luncheon

    Alzheimer's Texas will honor caregivers, the hidden heroes of health care, with a special virtual event and fundraiser. Ten special caregivers will receive a grant of $1,000, and the luncheon is for any caregiver or health care worker who has tended to someone with a debilitating disease or has gone above and beyond in creating an atmosphere for special needs individuals.
    Thu., Nov. 12, noon-3pm  
    Virtual
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    It Starts With Mom Live Texas: Virtual Event Series

    March of Dimes presents a series of educational seminars geared toward moms and moms-to-be, with sessions like "Closing the Health Equity Gap" and "Moms Climbing the Corporate Ladder."
    Thu.-Fri., Nov. 12-13; Mon.-Tue., Nov. 16-17. Free.  
    Online
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    It's My Park Day

    This year's Austin Parks Foundation event is taking place at a distance, meaning a whole week of virtual events, opportunities to give back to Austin's parks, and contests. The virtual kickoff Nov. 7 will reveal the at-a-distance activities, and the online wrap party is Nov. 14.
    Nov. 7-14  
    Citywide
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Lend a Hand ATX

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

    Operation Turkey will deliver free meals on Thanksgiving Day between 10am-1pm. Each plate represents a meal for one individual containing turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pie, and a drink. The deadline to request a meal is by 11:59pm on Fri., Nov. 20.
    Deadline: Fri., Nov. 20. Free.  
    Online
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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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    Strategic Pricing Webinar

    This workshop is designed to help small business owners and managers to learn best pricing practices.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 9am-noon. Free (registration required).  
    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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    Out of Town

    Texas Furniture Makers Show

    Handcrafted furniture pieces become works of art at the annual showing of local and regional woodworkers.
    Tue.-Sat., 10am-4pm, through Dec. 18. Free.  
    Kerrville
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    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!
    May 5-Dec. 20. $25/person.  
    Online
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    Out of Town

    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Travis County Commissioners Court Special Voting Session

    Canvass election returns and declare results in Travis County for the Nov. 3 elections.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 1:30pm  
    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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    Sports

    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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