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    Sofa Sessions Benefiting SIMS Foundation

    In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Sofa Sessions brings local musicians to your living room to raise funds for nonprofit SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health care to musicians and has experienced a higher demand due to COVID-19. Follow SIMS on social media (@simsfoundation) for lineup announcements throughout the month. Donate online or by texting SIMS to 44321.
    Throughout May  
    Online
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    Austin Fast Start Pitch Competition

    The Austin Fast Start pitch competition is a partnership between Austin Young Chamber and the city of Austin’s Economic Development Department with support from 3 Day Startup. Every quarter, they will hear from a new industry and award an unrestricted cash prize and other opportunities to identify and support local entrepreneurs as the future business leaders in our community. This quarter, it's the Internet of Things. Applications are due May 18, finalists will be notified by May 25, and the top four will compete on June 15.
    Deadline: Mon., May 18  
    Online
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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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    Best Food Trucks

    Best Food Trucks is offering an order-ahead service to help practice social distancing, and bringing food trucks to underserved communities. You can find trucks near you by going to the online map.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Black Lives Matter Austin General Body Meeting

    A meeting about dispelling assumptions and thinking critically on criminal justice reform. This month's focus is on radicalism.
    Tue., Aug. 11, 7-8pm. Free.  
    1709 E. 12th
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    CASA Volunteer Info Session

    CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering the community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained volunteer advocate to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest. Join the info session to learn more about becoming a volunteer advocate and how you can train online right now. There will be time for questions with staff and current volunteer advocates during the presentation.
    Thu., Aug. 27 & Sept. 3, 6:30-8pm  
    Online via Zoom
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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.
    March 17-May 21  
    Online
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    Courage to Hope: A Virtual Fundraiser and Celebration of Community

    Austin nonprofit ​Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) announces their fundraiser and celebration of community taking place virtually via ​Zoom. iACT encourages Austinites to come together for this life-changing event, which will feature uplifting conversations, music by legendary country musician ​Jimmie Dale Gilmore, ​and more. “Courage to Hope” also serves as a major way to donate directly to iACT to help them continue their critical services for the local community.
    Tue., May 12, 6:30-10:30pm. $200+ for sponsorship.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Food Access Resources From SFC

    The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they are accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
    March 30-July 23  
    Citywide
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    Habitat for Humanity Launches Online ReStore

    Austin Habitat for Humanity announced that it has taken the ReStore online, allowing the community to shop the wide variety of items currently listed for sale from the comfort of their own home. Similar to the brick-and-mortar locations, you'll find deals on unique items from clothing and shoes to home and garden accessories and more, and when you shop, you're supporting Habitat for Humanity's mission.
    April 14-June 24  
    Online
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    HC4A/Shalom Austin School Supplies Fundraiser

    HC4A and Shalom Austin had set a date of April 19 for their eighth annual event raising funds for school supplies for Austin-area homeless children, which last year supported over 1,300 children. The April event is now canceled due to coronavirus, but you can still help reach the fundraising goal of $34,000 to support 1,600 students. A small donation of $25 will help support one child. On Aug. 19, volunteers plan to gather to assemble the school supplies at Dell Jewish Community Center. Donate online at HC4A.org.
    March 20-May 31  
    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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    SKM Art Advising Online Fundraiser

    Benefit Austin Creative Alliance’s Artists Emergency Fund, SKM Art Advising has mounted an online show of work by local artists. Pick up something to beautify your home while contributing to ACA's Artists Emergency Relief Fund, which is offering grants to artists who lost income due to the coronavirus.
    May 7 until sold out  
    Online
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    Texas History Tuesdays

    The Bullock Museum is closed for the time being, but that doesn't mean they've stopped educating the public about Texas history. Log on to one of their livestreams to learn from a museum educator and participate in a Q&A afterward. These programs are typically taught to elementary and middle school audiences, but anyone looking for an enriching and fun experience is invited.
    Tuesdays, 10am & 1pm  
    Online
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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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    Virtual Class for Mature Drivers

    Learn about changes as we age — in cars, roads, and our bodies — and how those changes affect driving. Receive tips on what you can do to drive safer, all in the safety and comfort of your home. Presented courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation Mature Driving Program. Register online or call 844/BSW-DOCS (844/279-3627).
    Tue., May 12, 3:30-5pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Virtual Fix-It Clinic

    Is there a fallen hem in your favorite shirt? Did your blender suddenly stop working? Is your child's toy a little worse for the wear? Fix-It Clinic coaches may be able to teach you how to fix these items, and more, from the comfort of your home. Submit the questionnaire through the "register" link below (the sooner the better) about your broken item and if repair coaches think your item might be fixable with common tools, they'll reserve a time between 11am and 2pm on Sat., May 16, for you to chat live with a repair coach.
    Clinic is May 16; register ASAP to participate  
    Online

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