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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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    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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    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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    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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    Audit and Finance Committee Meeting

    See agenda for details.
    Wed., Sept. 23, 9:30am  
    Videoconference
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    Building and Standards Commission Meeting

    Commission hears cases concerning alleged violations of the city's housing and buildings regulations.
    Wed., Sept. 23, 6:30pm  
    Videoconference
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    City Council Candidate Forum: D4

    The city’s Ethics Review Commission and the League of Women Voters Austin Area host a forum with candidates Louis C. Herrin III, Ramesses II Setepenre, and incumbent Greg Casar.
    Wed., Sept. 23, 6pm  
    ATXN; cable chanel six; AT&T U-Verse channel 99
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    City Council Candidate Forum: D4

    KUT is teaming up with the Austin Monitor for a series of virtual City Council candidate forums. Submit your questions here.
    Wed., Sept. 23, 7:30pm  
    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.
     
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    City's Nonprofit Grant Program Closing Soon

    The city's Economic Development Department reopened the Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant fund to reach additional local nonprofits facing hardships due to the pandemic, and applications are due this week. This $6.35 million fund provides grants of up to $20,000.
    Through Oct. 9, 5pm  
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    Civics 201: Issues and Policy in Central Texas

    Young professionals are poised to be the next wave of civic leaders in Austin. With many major decisions – from education to transportation to affordability to homelessness – right in front of us, now is the time to get informed, get involved, and get active. This forum will bring together a diverse group of young professionals to learn more about these key issues, how policy affects equity, and how to use their voice to create change.
    Wed., Sept. 23, 4:30-6:15pm & Thu., Sept. 24, 4:40-6:30pm. $25-45.  
    Virtual
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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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    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 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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    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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    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.  
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