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  • Hogeye Festival

    Come out to The 34th annual Hogeye festival held in historic downtown Elgin. The event is free and there will be live music, BBQ cook-off, carnival rides, kids activities, vendors, delicious food, shopping, and so much more. Fun for everyone!
    Sat. Oct. 23  
    Downtown Elgin
  • 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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    AFWA: Citywide Sugar High Bake Sale

    The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best: bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get 'em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.
    Feb. 4-10. $12-55.  
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    Black History Month With Austin Music Foundation

    AMF will celebrate Black History Month by featuring 28 days of Austin music history told through a series of stories by rock maverick Bevis M. Griffin, the first Black glam rock artist in Texas. Follow along on their blog all month.
    Through Feb. 28  
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    Black History Month With Texas State Parks

    Park rangers from around Texas, including the Buffalo Soldier Heritage Outreach Program and the Texas Outdoor Family staff, are debuting a new series of virtual programs celebrating Black history, culminating in a live, interactive trivia challenge at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27.
    Through Feb. 27  
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    Black History With Outschool

    Local teachers are using the platform Outschool to reach more students to educate about Black history. Check out the many, many activities and classes online by searching "Black History Month" and sort by age group, date, and more.
    Through Feb. 28  
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    Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

    Expand your knowledge and connect to resources with over 20 interactive workshops and keynote speakers like Grammy winner Bill Dorsey, and enjoy performances by Riders Against the Storm and DJ Hella Yella.
    Wed.-Fri., Feb. 3-5. $15-75.  
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    Girlstart Starry Nights at Home

    Join virtually for an ancient Chinese legend star show and hands-on STEM activities.
    Thu., Feb. 4  
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    High Noon Talk

    Join Dr. Cristina Salinas for a conversation about her award-winning book about the U.S.-Mexico border, Managed Migrations, which has been described as "a study as paramount as it is timely." The book is available through the Bullock Museum store.
    Thu., Feb. 4, noon  
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    Racial Equity Series

    "The Path to Racial Equity: Practical Steps Toward a More Equal Society" is a six-week conversation series with community experts examining the issues and offering steps Austinites can take to be part of the solution. The sessions will be followed up with insights from thought leaders on Tuesdays via Facebook Live.
    Thursdays through Feb. 18, 5:30pm  
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    Shrewd Productions: Be My Valentine

    The unstoppable and ever-romantic Shrewds have created a unique, multidisciplinary offering for their patrons (note: that's you, citizen) by collaborating with poets, writers, visual artists, and performers to offer hand-crafted, custom valentines. Sign up to receive a surprise Valentine from a Shrewd performer for yourself – or send one as a gift.
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    "The Path to Racial Equity" Series

    A coalition of 17 Central Texas orgs hosts this six-part virtual series examining different issues surrounding racial inequity in Austin. The series – which runs every Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm, between Jan. 14-Feb. 18 – aims to offer practical steps we can all take in our communities toward racial equity and opportunity. See website for schedule and guest lineup.
    Jan. 14-Feb. 18. Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    Aba's Mediterranean Valentine Feast

    How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba's dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.
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    AHS Car Raffle

    You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
    Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
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    AHS Tailgate Competition

    Austin Humane Society's Puppy Bowl XIV Tailgate Competition is officially underway! Andrea's Eats, Jo's Coffee, Austin Daily Press, and Yard Bar each compete with a tasty treat – and they're donating a percentage of sales to AHS. Try them all, and vote for your fave in the Facebook poll. The winning bite will be announced during the Puppy Bowl on Feb. 6.
    Through Feb. 5  
    Various locations
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    Antonelli's: Valentine's Gift Box

    Leave it to the locally acclaimed, internationally celebrated cheesemongers of Antonelli's to wrangle up the perfect dairy-forward foodie gift for expressing your love with. This festive "Spread the Love" box includes cheese, charcuterie, and an array of pairings like chocolate, pickles, nuts, and more – from Cowgirl Creamery, Carr Valley, Smoking Goose, SRSLY Chocolate, and more.
    Order soon, supplies are v. limited. $85.  
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    Austin Gilgronis Memberships

    Join AG Nation by purchasing a 2021 season membership for Major League Rugby's Austin Gilgronis. Matches will be held at Bold Stadium at Circuit of the Americas, and a season pass gets you access to eight home matches and all kinds of perks. Legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold will perform after the opening game March 20.
    Ongoing; season begins March 20. $120 and up.  
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    Austin Oyster Co. x Austin Winery

    Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine's Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it's a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.
    One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.  
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    Austin Proper: In-Room Valentine's Diner

    Austin Proper debuts their first-ever in-room dining experience, with a private dinner that includes a self-service bar (which includes Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, Recanti Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Letherbee Gin, Casamigos Tequila, and Maker’s Mark Bourbon) and is centered on contactless service of The Peacock's special three-course meal, delivered upon arrival: Fresh-baked pita with a trio of dips, red snapper tartare with herbs, shallots and avocado, mixed grill kebab, and traditional baklava with walnut, pistachio, and cardamom syrup. And, big bonus: You can stay the night in the beautifully appointed suite at no additional cost.
    Make your reservations by Feb. 5. $200 per person.  
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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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    Become a Fix-It Clinic Instructor

    Austin Resource Recovery is seeking interested and qualified individuals to lead paid online interactive repair workshops. Workshops will be hosted on a platform provided by the city, and selected instructors will receive up to $100 per class. Classes will be held mid-March to mid-April and will cover basic repairs of items like toasters, lamps, or coffee machines.
    Applications due Feb. 15  
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    Black History Month With Creative Action

    Follow Creative Action on social media to find out tow to join in uplifting local and young Black creators. Learn about how to support an artivist movement among youth, and honor the dynamic artistry of our Black communities.
    Through Feb. 28  
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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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    Central Texas African American Family Support Conference

    Hosted by Integral Care, this annual event includes interactive workshops, discussions, and keynote speakers on mental health, substance use, and more topics intersecting with health.
    Wed.-Fri., Feb. 3-5, 8:30am-6pm. $15+.  
    Online
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    Cistern History Tours

    Take a guided 30-minute tour of the city’s former underground water storage tank. Masks are required.
    Ongoing. $7; free on Thursdays.  
    Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston
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    City Council Meeting

    On Council's 59-Item agenda is a host of low-income housing tax credit applications and emergency rental assistance for households impacted by COVID-19, among other items. There is also a public health agenda Item authorizing an agreement with UT-Austin to conduct a community health needs assessment addressing tobacco disparities among the LGBTQIA community.
    Thu., Feb. 4, 10am  
    ATXN
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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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    College Admissions Webinar Series

    Berkeley² Academy, a renowned comprehensive college prep academy, offers free college application advice, including tips for joining the Ivy Leagues.
    Sat., March 13, 6pm  
    Virtual
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Girl Scout Cookies

    Kick off cookie season with We Are Blood and the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Donate blood, platelets or convalescent plasma to get a free box of Girl Scout cookies.
    Through Feb. 15  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Free Valentine's Dessert at Z'Tejas

    That's right, lovebirds: On Valentine's Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you'll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche "heart" cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.
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    Get Fit 2021

    As part of Ballet Austin’s mission to encourage health and well-being, they're offering a week of free and $5 fitness classes, virtual and in-person, including outdoor workouts, on-demand videos, livestream classes, and Pilates.
    Feb. 1-7  
    Online and at Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third
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    Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen

    Six hand-painted soundstage backdrops are on exhibit alongside artwork from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. The backdrops, on loan from Texas Performing Arts at UT-Austin, were created for MGM’s 1968 papal drama, The Shoes of the Fisherman, starring Anthony Quinn. These six replicas of Renaissance masterpieces in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel were nearly discarded before being rescued in 2017.
    Through April 4. $10-20; free on Thursdays, 4-6pm, and first Sundays, noon-5pm.  
    McNay Museum, San Antonio
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    Hopfields Valentine: Pre-Fixe Paradise

    Hopfields says they've created "the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy," and – we know chef James Flowers' culinary skills – we're not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there's a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. "The whole shebang" means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they're calling bananacotta. They'll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.
    Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm. $100 for two.  
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    Hotel Ella's Valentine's Dinner To-Go

    You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn't it? But you can also "just" order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall's Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil's food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.
    Feb. 1-9. $47.50 per person.  
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    Intero's Valentine: Meal Kits + Chocolates + Whiskey

    Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin' that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene's finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.
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    It’s Time Texas Community Challenge

    The It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, hosted by statewide nonprofit It’s Time Texas, is working to make healthier lifestyles accessible to all Texans. Participants track healthy activities, like eating healthy foods and doing physical activity, to earn points for their communities and weekly chances to win prizes. Registration is open now!
    Jan. 4-Feb. 28. Free.  
    Statewide
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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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    L'Oca d'Oro: Valentine's Day at Home

    This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.
    Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12  
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    Lick Honest Ice Creams: Valentine's Specials

    Lick's bringing a double whammy of creamy goodness to your Valentine's table this year, offering 1) Love Cake, an eight-inch cake (8-10 servings) that features Lick’s creamy strawberry ice cream (made with fresh Texas berries and local Mother Culture cream cheese), layered with buttery bits of graham crumble atop a decadent dark chocolate cake ($39.99), and 2) the Valentine's Package Deal of two pints, two toppings, and two waffle bowls ($20). Note: You have to order the Love Cake by Feb. 7 for pickup Feb. 12-14, but you'll be able to get that package deal through the end of February.
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    Lonestar Soccer Club Junior Academy

    Registration is now open for the Lonestar Junior Academy, which is designed for players who excel at the recreational level and require a more challenging, developmentally appropriate environment in order to maximize their potential.
    Academy begins Feb. 8. $295.  
    Various locations
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    Lunar New Year: Tso's Happy Family

    "Happy families are all alike," wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author's Anna Karenina would've loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls when you use this special Chronicle readers' code: accny2021.
    Available through Feb. 12
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    Mozart's Valentine: Coffee & Dessert Tasting

    Mozart's Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. "Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome." We reckon you'll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you'll leave with a special gift from Mozart's, too.
    Feb. 11-14. $166.50 per couple.  
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    Old Thousand: Valentine's Hot Pot & Dinner for Two

    Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a "Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.
    Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm
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    Oyster Season

    It was a brave soul who ate the first oyster, and now the bivalve mollusks are on the dinner table. This is the time to get the freshest oysters as fishermen come into the Rockport/Fulton Harbor around 4-5pm. The annual Fulton Oyster Festival has been canceled for this year, but there are still plenty of oysters available at local markets and restaurants.
    Through April 30  
    Rockport/Fulton
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    Port of Brownsville Tour

    Take a unique four-hour tour of the busy seaport that includes a peek at the SpaceX Launch Facility and local wildlife.
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-1pm. $25.  
    South Padre Island
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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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    Rocket Cinema: Drive-In Movie Valentines

    Rocket Cinema and The Elegant Kid present the films True Romance (Fri., Feb. 12, 8pm), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Sat., Feb. 13, 7pm), and Wild at Heart (Sun., Feb. 14, 7pm) with pre-show live music and classy concessions at three Austin locations this Valentine's weekend. "Lounge pianist Beverly Larf Linn will serenade as lovely ladies deliver a sweet sidekick of snackery to your car window." And those "sweet sidekicks" are? A heart-shaped cherry hand pie (from Tiny Pies, no less), white cheddar pimento cheese & crostinis, hand-rolled caramel "Milk Dubs," a seasoned popcorn trio (chili lime, furikake, buttered herb garlic), and dipped chocolate pretzel sticks. Note: Limited space, get those tickets while you can!
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    Salt & Time's Valentine Meal Kits

    Valentine's Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year's gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they've put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get 'em while you can.
    $200-225, for two.  
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    St. Edward's University Men's Basketball

    Vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville. No spectators allowed; watch online.
    Thu., Feb. 4, 7pm  
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    St. Edward's University Women's Basketball

    Vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville. No spectators allowed; watch online.
    Thu., Feb. 4, 5pm. $4-8; ages 6 & under, free.  
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    Suerte's Valentine: Suadero Tacos, FTW

    Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they're bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.
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    Supervisory Excellence Webinar

    This course covers the range of management responsibilities, employee and managerial expectations, and different management styles.
    Thu., Feb. 4, 9am-noon. Free (registration required).  
    Online
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    Texas Stars

    Hockey is back! Tickets are now on sale for home games to be played at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park. The season kicks off in Iowa vs. the Wild on Feb. 5, and the first home game is Feb. 12 vs. the San Jose Barracuda.
    Thu., Feb. 4  
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    The APL's Cookbook: Valentine's Pop-Up

    The Austin Public Library's in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they're briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin's own Billie Buck.
    Pre-order through Feb. 13  
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    TLC Austin: Turf & Surf for Two

    Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.
    $250 per couple.  
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    Tour Canyon Lake Gorge

    Make a reservation online to take a three-hour educational walk through the gorge cut when the Guadalupe River flooded over the dam.
    Ongoing. $10.  
    New Braunfels
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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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    Vanilla Orchid: Valentine's Big Cookie Sixer

    Those catering wizards at Austin's Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine's finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.
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    Vinaigrette Valentine: Cherry Heart Pies

    These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.
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    Virtual Livestreamed Workouts

    Check the schedule for a huge selection of livestreamed workouts and ballet classes taught by Ballet Austin instructors.
    Ongoing. Up to $12.50 per class.  
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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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