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    We Are Blood Urgently Needs Donations

    With concerns around coronavirus growing and more companies implementing work-from-home policies, some mobile blood drives have been canceled and turnout has been low. There is a pressing need for donations, so the community is urged to find active mobile drives or go to a donor center today.
     
    We Are Blood locations citywide
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    Central Texas Food Bank Donations Urgently Needed

    Central Texas Food Bank is experiencing a dramatic increase in the need for their services and one of their major fundraising events has been canceled, leaving them in dire need of funding to bridge the gap. You can help by donating online; a $25 donation provides 100 meals for families in need. Get your friends and neighbors involved by hosting a virtual food drive or Facebook fundraiser. If everyone pitches in, the food bank can keep up with the demand caused by the pandemic and ensure no family in the community goes hungry.
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    Generation Serve: Helping While Home

    Local nonprofit youth service organization Generation Serve has suspended volunteer activities through April, but published a thoughtful list of activities and ways to help the community from home. Create cards and wallets, become a translator, start online fundraisers, learn and serve in nature, and more. Check out their post for all the details.
     
    At home and online
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    Spring Break Bonus Blood Drive

    Give the gift of life by donating at any We Are Blood center between March 16 and 22, and receive a gift certificate for an Austinite's lifeblood: Torchy's chips & queso.
    March 16-22. Free.  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Virtual Library Access Extended

    With social distancing being encouraged due to COVID-19, now's a great time to get familiar with Austin's virtual library. Kanopy, CloudLibrary, and Hoopla checkouts are now extended; get details and explore the film, music, ebook, audiobook, and magazine titles on the library's website.
     
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    Austin Animal Center Updates

    Austin Animal Center is closed to the public until at least April 13, meaning they will not be able to take in or adopt out any animals during this time. Due to incredible community outreach, they no longer need fosters at this time, but check back in case that changes. See AAC's Facebook page for details as well as tips for reuniting lost animals with their families while AAC is closed, and remember, donations are always welcome.
     
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    Austin Justice Coalition Art & Essay Contest

    A contest for young men of color grades 3-12 in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. Winners from each division will receive a $75 award and an award-winning book of their choice. Also looking for community members to participate as volunteer judges; find details and apply online.
    Feb. 13-April 1  
    Apply online
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    Bat City Artisans Virtual Market

    Bat City Artisans market is going virtual! Their usual monthly market features 30+ local purveyors of art, vintage, handcrafted home and skincare goods, and more, and now they're holding it in cyberspace. If your business would fit in with this market, email them at batcityartisans@gmail.com to see if they can help you get some online sales. Shoppers, save the date: March 29, time TBA.
    Ongoing  
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    Can't Stop Won't Stop ATX

    A filmmaker and artist relief fund event with proceeds going to charity SXSW: Support Creatives & Service Industry. Includes exclusive access to a private screening of an unreleased film with director Q&A, live music, food, and good karma for helping creatives affected by the SXSW cancellation.
    Wed., March 18, 7-10pm. $5.  
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    Central Texas Pig Rescue Needs Donations

    CTPR is still accepting donations. They're aware that most of you are spending extra on your own families, but if you have an extra $16, you’ll cover the cost of one extra bag of feed. Any amount, even a dollar, helps to make sure the pigs don't go hungry.
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    Don't Mess With Texas Art Contest

    The Don't Mess With Texas® Art Contest is officially open! Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite Texas students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the Don’t Mess With Texas calendar, with the top 14 designs featured. Each winner will also receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet, a Buc-ee's gift basket, their artwork framed and returned, and the opportunity to share the work on websites and social media. Teachers representing student winners will receive a $100 H-E-B/Central Market gift card. Submissions must be postmarked by April 24.
    Feb. 12-April 24. Free.  
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    El Buen Samaritano

    El Buen Samaritano's food pantry anticipates an increased need for their services in the coming months. They are also supporting community partners in their efforts to provide food for the families and individuals they serve. Right now, the pantry is open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9-11am.
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    Foundation Communities

    Foundation Communities has suspended volunteer operations, but you can donate to their Emergency Assistance Fund to help their residents who are experiencing health concerns and lost wages. The Emergency Assistance Fund will help affected residents afford rent, utilities, household items, necessary transportation and more.
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    Free Internet at Full Circle Bar

    The Full Circle Bar is offering free public high-speed wi-fi from 8am to 8pm so that community members without home internet can access news and check in with work and children can keep up with their studies. Mission Possible is offering free parking across the street, and users must stay in their car or keep at least 6 feet away from each other if they do not have a car.
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    Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards

    Nominations are being accepted for the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards, which recognize the efforts made by youth and educators working to improve and beautify their communities. Nominate a person or group, such as your favorite scout, student group, educational nonprofit, teacher, school ... the possibilities are wide open. Applications are due April 3.
    March 9-April 3. Free.  
    Statewide
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    Pajama Drive for Foster Youth

    All Mattress Firm stores are accepting new pajamas to give foster children of all ages the comfort of a new pair of pajamas. You can also donate online or by mail.
    Through April 26
    All area Mattress Firm locations
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    Spring Break Coding Camps

    Code Galaxy is offering stimulating and exciting day camps during spring break, so take advantage of the holiday to introduce your child to coding. This year's offerings include Intro to Python and Autonomous Vehicles, Minecraft Game Development, and more, and are offered at the Westlake, Downtown, and Cedar Park locations. Prices go up March 1, so register soon!
    March 16-20, 9am-4pm  
    Austin-area Code Galaxy locations
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    [CANCELED] "Piecing It Together: Austin Graffiti 1984-2004"

    An art exhibition focusing on the first three generations of Austin graffiti art. Opening reception features the sounds of DJs Notion and Hectik.
    Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 24, 7-10pm. Exhibit: Jan. 24-March 28. Free.  
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    [CANCELED] Rodeo Austin

    Since 1938, nonprofit Rodeo Austin has brought heritage and entertainment to the community while raising millions for Texas kids. Catch the ProRodeo, one-of-a kind concerts, carnival, and a livestock show.: Event was canceled on 3/12/20 due to COVID-19 concerns.
    March 14-28. $20-175.  
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    [CANCELED] Spring Break at the Bullock

    Spend spring break at the Bullock exploring the newest exhibitions, "This Light of Ours" and "Fashion Forward," catch a movie in the IMAX Theatre, and enjoy a different hands-on activity perfect for families every day between 10am and noon.
    Mon.-Fri., March 16-20, 10am-noon  
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    [CANCELED] Yale Whiffenpoofs in Concert

    The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and most renowned collegiate a cappella group, invite you to a night of jazz, oldies, classic rock, and everything in between.
    Wed., March 18, 6-8pm. Free.  
    Lakeline Oaks Retirement Community, 1905 S. Lakeline Blvd., Cedar Park

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