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  • The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus

    The Man Who Wanted to be Santa Claus is a delightful show set in a small town sheriff's office. The characters in the show weave a little romance in along with a mystery to solve. It is a heartwarming family friendly show that will put you in the Christmas Spirit. You don't want to miss this show!
    Dec. 2-12  
    Navasota Theatre Alliance
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    A Christmas Affair 2020: Felicidad

    The Junior League of Austin's online event and marketplace offers a host of holiday-themed happenings and goods from small businesses around the country. Funds raised go to JLA's signature programs such as Coats for Kids, Food in Tummies, and Kids in Cool Shoes, along with more than 30 local nonprofits.
    Through Sun., Nov. 22. $15+.  
    Online
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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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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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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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    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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    2020 Election and the Texas Latino Vote

    State Rep. Rafael Anchía, chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, will be joined by Dr. Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions, Arturo Vargas of NALEO, Michelle Tremillo of Texas Organizing Project, and Cecilia Ballí, a writer for Texas Monthly, to discuss recent research on the Texas Latino vote.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 1-2:30pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    AAYHF Annual Toy Drive

    African American Youth Harvest Foundation is seeking donations of toys for youth 3 months to 17 years of age. Gift cards are also welcome.
    Through Dec. 18  
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    AJC General Body Meeting

    Learn about what’s going on with Austin Justice Coalition and hear from other community organizations. They'll discuss current projects, how to get involved, what’s left for 2020, and what’s coming up in the new year, as well as ongoing matters.
    Tue., Dec. 1, 6:30pm  
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    APA! Holiday Store Now Open

    When you're shopping for the animal lovers in your life, you'll find the perfect gift and support the nonprofit at the Austin Pets Alive! online store. They've got a people & pets cookbook, ornaments, toys, and the must-have outerwear for winter: the "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie" hoodie.
    Ongoing  
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    Asia Market Briefing

    Austin's Asian Chamber presents a webinar with officials from Hong Kong and Singapore providing updates on their respective economic centers and and sharing incentives and resources available to local companies interested in expanding to Asia.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 2pm  
    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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    Audit and Finance Committee Meeting

    See agenda for details.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 9:30am  
    Videoconference
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    Austin Creative Reuse

    ACR is such a neat place, filled to the brim with donations of reusable items, but you don't even have to be there to take advantage of their Earth-friendly stock. Shop online for gifts, holiday wrapping, craft supplies and notions, and even fun mystery packs.
    Ongoing  
    Online or in-store at 2005 Wheless
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    Austin FC

    Austin FC is getting in gear for their inaugural season in 2021, and there's exciting news coming out regularly. Sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Facebook to get all the updates on the stadium, the draft, their brand-spankin'-new uniform, the 4ATX Foundation, and more.
    Ongoing  
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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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    Be a Santa to a Senior

    Fulfilling a senior's Christmas wish couldn't be easier. Simply visit Home Instead Senior Care's virtual tree, choose a recipient, and purchase their wish list item from Amazon. It'll be safely delivered and will make someone's day. You can also visit one of Home Instead's three Austin-area locations to participate.
    Through Dec. 15  
    Virtual
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    BizOpen: Commercial Property Requirements Webinar

    This class is for small business owners seeking assistance with navigating the city’s development process.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 10-11am. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

    The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
    Ongoing  
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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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    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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    Coming of Age Online Holiday Fundraiser

    Double your holiday gifting by supporting a local nonprofit as you shop. Visit this unique online estate sale for electronics, collectibles, kitchenware, and lots more, and all proceeds benefit Travis County's Coming of Age program, which supports individuals age 50 and up. Shipping and local delivery are available.
    Ongoing  
    Virtual
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    District 8 Reimagining Public Safety Community Conversation

    Learn more about Austin's ongoing police reforms and efforts to reimagine public safety.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 5:30-7:30pm. RSVP required.  
    Online
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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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    Free Design Hour

    Registrants can bring their own art or project and Q Manning will show new ways to improve the design and give suggestions.
    Wednesdays, noon-1pm  
    Online
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    Get Tree Smart

    Experts from the City Arborist program discuss how the city cares for our urban forest and what you can do to help.
    Wed., Nov. 18, noon-1:30pm. Free.  
    Online
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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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    Health Sciences School Open House

    University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences invites prospective students to a virtual tour the Austin campus to learn more about the university and the graduate health sciences programs offered.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 4-5:30pm. Free, but registration required.  
    Virtual
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    Homelessness in Austin Virtual Panel Series

    This National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the city hosts a series of conversations about what’s happening in Austin to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Conversations are broadcast live on ATXN at noon and recordings are available for later viewing.
    Mon., Wed., & Fri., Nov. 16, 18 & 20, noon  
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    Homelessness in Austin: What’s Happening – Programs in Action

    Leaders from ECHO, the Other Ones Foundation, Homeless Outreach Street Team, the city's Office of Sustainability discus local efforts currently underway to address homelessness. As part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the panel is moderated by Austin PBS journalist Judy Maggio.
    Wed., Nov. 18, noon. Free.  
    Facebook Live
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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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    Kinder Play to Learn

    Looking for something fun to do with your 3- to 5-year-old? Join the YMCA for educational, entertaining virtual classes on the themes "Little Scientist," "Art Mania," and "Superheroes."
    Mon. & Wed., Nov. 9-Dec. 2, 2:30-3:30pm. $15 per session.  
    Virtual
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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

    For only $25, you can help Operation Turkey feed 10 people in need this Thanksgiving. The goal is to serve 75,000 this year.
    Ongoing  
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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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    Regional Affordability Committee Meeting

    Check website for agenda posting.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 10am  
    Videoconference
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    Sides and Pies

    The Rodolfo "Rudy" Mendez Recreation Center will distribute canned/packaged food and pies to help prepare a Thanksgiving meal at home (turkeys not included) at this drive-through event while supplies last.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 4-6pm. Free.
    Martin Park Kickball Field, 1621 Nash Hernandez Senior Rd.
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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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    Weenies & Wigs

    This right here is a Red Rocket Wiener Wagon pop-up – la Barbecue's new hot dog venture – featuring specialty cocktails and nine-inch, all-beef hot dogs topped with all the fixins' served up with a side of spectacular drag.
    Wed., Nov. 18, 6-9pm  
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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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    [Re]Verse Pitch Competition: Material Supplier Applications

    Businesses are invited to pitch their surplus material to competing innovators and entrepreneurs, who will then create a new product or business venture using the material.
    Deadline: Dec. 9, 5pm  
    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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