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General Events for Fri., June 26
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    A Spacious Place

    A variety of programming including Young Artists and Young Writers clubs, activity pack delivery, and accessible art activities for seniors is all available online.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    All Together ATX Critical Needs Grants: Round Two

    The application period for the second round of funding for qualified organizations is now open. Get all the details and a link to an informational webinar on the website.
    Applications due June 26  
    Apply online
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    Apply Now for Vote-by-Mail Ballot

    If you're interested in applying to vote by mail for the July 14 special election for Senate District 14 and the primary run-off, send in your application ASAP, as they must be received, not just postmarked, by July 2. If you submit it via email or fax, it must also be sent and received via mail within four days of the electronic submission. Download the application via the county clerk's website and call 512/238-VOTE if you need assistance.
    Due by July 2  
    Online/by mail
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    Austin Animal Center Now Open by Appointment

    AAC opened June 1 for pet adoptions and lost pet intake by appointment only. Drop-ins will only be accepted for sick or injured pets. Check out pet bios online and schedule an adoption appointment via email at ASOanimaladoption@austintexas.gov, and schedule intake appointments here.
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    Austin ISD Community Resources

    In response to COVID-19, Austin ISD is offering community resources including free meals to students at numerous locations, free access to telehealth and waived medical copays through a partnership with Virtual Care for Kids, free Learning at Home online courses, and recommended educational resources for all grade levels. For more information, visit the website.
     
    Citywide
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    Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund Application Deadline Extended

    Local musicians whose incomes were affected by the pandemic have a bit more time to apply for a $1,000 grant from the city: The June 12 deadline has been bumped back to June 26.
    Applications due June 26, 5pm  
    Online
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    Austin Pets Alive! Virtual Events

    Austin Pets Alive! encourages you to #SavePetsInSweats with fun online activities you can enjoy from home. Learn to make dog treats and embroider, and even schedule an e-reading with a psychic groomer to get inside your pet's mind and find out if they really want you to keep working from home. And donations are always welcome!
    Online
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    Austin Public Library Virtual Summer Reading Program

    Download an age-appropriate "Quest Log" (children, youth, teen, or adult), then submit a form whenever a challenge is completed and earn a digital badge. Use the Austin Public Library's curbside pickup or virtual catalog to check out materials to complete your quest.
    Through Aug. 31  
    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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    Black Lives Matter Watch Parties

    BLM Austin will be hosting Black film watch parties until Black August, which includes the Haitian Revolution, Nat Turner Rebellion, Fugitive Slave Law Convention, March on Washington, and more. Read more about it and check out the daily film events on their Facebook page.
    Daily through June & July  
    Online via BLM Austin
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    Buy Lunch for a Health Care Worker

    Donate online to purchase meals from local food trucks and restaurants like Chi'Lantro, Torchy's Tacos, and more that will be provided to health care workers at Baylor Scott & White Medical Centers. Efforts to coordinate food and food donations throughout the region are brought by friends of Keep Austin Eatin', Trucklandia, and ATX Hospital Meals.
    Online
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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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    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.
    Online
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    Child Disability Prevention Outreach Volunteer From Home

    The Office of Disability Prevention for Children is seeking volunteers to assist program staff with local and statewide education and public awareness initiatives related to the prevention of intellectual and developmental disabilities in children. Volunteers can help from home while offices are temporarily closed due to coronavirus, so contact them about registering for an orientation.
     
    From home
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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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    Covid Mask Makers Seeks Assistance

    Do you know how to sew? Covid Mask Makers needs people to help sew face masks, and they've got patterns and instructions, including a helpful video, on their website. If you're all thumbs in that regard, you can help by donating supplies or picking up and delivering finished masks. Sign up for the newsletter to get more details, but feel free to get going on the mask-making anytime.
    At home
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    DIY Ragweed Control

    Pease Park could use your help. Since we’ve been social distancing, Pease Park Conservancy hasn't been able to host their annual spring volunteer events. They’re asking for volunteers to help curb some of the ragweed and litter that has found itself in Pease Park while also maintaining a safe distance away from each other. This is a DIY project and anyone can get involved; just show up anytime throughout the next month and do your part.
    Through June 30. Free.  
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Whataburger

    We Are Blood partners with Whataburger to give all blood donors in June a voucher for a free hamburger. Donate at any WAB mobile drive or at one of their three locations to participate. Due to COVID-19, appointments are mandatory, so call ahead at 512/206-1266 or register online.
    Through June 30  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Donate to PEAS Resiliency Gardens Program

    Donations to PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability) will go to support outdoor learning and edible education programming in the community. Choose your level of funding, from seeds to an entire garden for an Austin family.
    Online
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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, 8-10am.
    Online
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    Escape to 1800s Texas

    Pioneer Farms' General Store is still open for limited hours on the weekends to sell handmade soaps and fresh eggs by the dozen, but all other operations are suspended until April 13. In the meantime, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for fun facts, livestreams of the farm, prairie trivia, archive exploration, and more. Their website has a bunch of fun games and crafts to keep the family entertained at home, which as they point out, is how the pioneers in the 19th century often lived.
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    Feed It Forward

    Feed It Forward and take out hunger! Order delivery, pickup, groceries, beer, wine, or cocktails from participating restaurants and add the $5 Feed It Forward menu item before checkout. Support the local food community and provide 20 meals to the Central Texas Food Bank with each Feed It Forward item. Plus, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is matching donations up to $10,000. Check out the list of participating locations online before you make your next takeout order; there's a wide variety all over town.
    Various locations
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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.
     
    Citywide
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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.
    online
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    Free Curbside Clothing & Housewares Collection

    Austin Resource Recovery has partnered with Goodwill Central Texas to provide a new curbside pickup service for household goods and clothing items suitable for reuse or recycling. ARR customers can either call or schedule online, and they'll mail bags for you to fill. See the website for details.
     
    Citywide
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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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    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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    Get Involved With Austin Justice Coalition

    Austin Justice Coalition "serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, overpolicing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism in Austin." Get involved by donating, volunteering, or attending an event, and subscribe to their newsletter to stay informed.
     
    Citywide
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    Ghisallo Cycling Initiative Fundraiser

    Ghisallo has partnered with Austin artist JJ Muzacz and the Mosaic Workshop to produce mosaic murals of Black female civil rights leaders such as Wilhelmina Delco and Barbara Jordan. Funds will also go toward local orgs like Austin Justice Coalition and Grassroots Leadership. Get all the details and donate on the Facebook fundraiser page.
    June 22-29  
    Online
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    Help Feed the Animals at Pioneer Farms

    Moondog, Henry, Big Red, and their friends need your help. They're all part of Pioneer Farms' four-legged team of 13 horses, donkeys, and longhorns, who, along with 50 chickens, help tell the story of 19th-century Texas at Pioneer Farms. A donation of $10 gets them 60 pounds of hay, $15 buys 50 pounds of food, and $25 keeps the animals fed for almost three days. Check out their website to learn more about the animals you're keeping fed, and you'll get a shout-out in the newsletter when you donate.
    Online
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    Hope Food Pantry Distribution

    Hope Food Pantry has partnered with Good Apple LLC to begin delivery of pantry items to qualified families, and those interested can get information and apply online. However, anyone in need is welcome to visit the pantry during distribution hours to pick up pre-packed bags of staple items curbside.
    Thu.-Fri. every week and first Saturdays of the month, 9-10:30am  
    4001 Speedway
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    Interview Like a Rock Star

    Job seekers with interview anxiety will build confidence in this online workshop.
    Fri., June 26, 11am-noon. Free.  
    Online
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    Joy Organics Free Delivery

    Joy Organics now offers free delivery of their CBD gummies, salves, oils, and more, which could be just what the doctor ordered right about now. For free doorstep delivery, call or order online and select "local delivery" at checkout. For free shipping to your home, select "in-store pickup" at checkout.
    Order online or by phone
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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!
     
    Online
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    Online Art Workshops With the Cathedral

    In an effort to continue to support artists and encourage people to stay home, the Cathedral is: now offering their artist-led workshops online. You can help support local artists by signing up for one of their workshops, which include a kit with all materials needed for the class. Kits are available for curbside pickup at 2403 E. 16th, or they can be shipped straight to your home. Check out the website to sign up for a workshop and order your kit.
    At home; register online
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    Online Classes With Esquina Tango

    Nonprofit Esquina Tango has taken their programming online via Zoom and Facebook Live. There's something going on every day, so check out the full list of donation-based classes and choose from conversational Spanish or Portuguese, salsa aerobics, and, of course, tango.
    Daily; times vary  
    Online
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    Pioneer Farms Artisan Classes Booking Now

    Do you want to learn to blacksmith? How about grow your own food, raise chickens, spin, sew, weave, cook, preserve food, create your own knife, or make cheese? In Pioneer Farms' artisan classes, you can learn how to do all these things from talented and experienced teachers in online or safe in-person classes.
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    Scream Hollow Summer Monster Bash With Live Music

    Scream Hollow's Monster Bash features live music, four haunted attractions through 20 buildings in the woods, beer and wine bars, a cafe, and a haunted gift shop. With 20 acres, there's plenty of room for social distancing.
    Fri.-Sat., 6pm-12mid, through June 27. $6 and up.  
    Scream Hollow, 149 Split Rail Ln., Bastrop
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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 Story Project

    Every Texan has a story, and you can share yours with the Bullock Museum's Texas Story Project. For inspiration, visit the interactive Texas map, then add your own story using their prompts, such as "How has your Texas community changed since you moved there?" or "What object, heirloom, or work of art reminds you most of Texas?" You can even add photos, videos, or audio files to your story.
     
    Online via Bullock Museum
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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!
    $25/person.  
    Online
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    Travis County Still Seeking Poll Workers

    There's still time to apply to work the polls for the July 14 election. You must be a registered voter in order to qualify.
    June 22-29  
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    Virtual YMCA

    YMCA of Austin's homepage has been reconfigured to serve as a one-stop resource with streaming exercise classes, information and classes tailored for seniors, activities for kids and families, kids’ educational resources, spiritual and emotional support, nutrition resources and tips, links to community information, as well as ways people can volunteer and give back. You can also follow them on social media for even more activities.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Volunteer From Home for Ronald McDonald House

    The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas is to keep families with sick children together by providing lodging near hospitals, and they have needs that you can help meet from your own home. Donate online or choose from the helpful list of projects they've put together: Crafty volunteers can crochet beanies for NICU babies or create greeting cards, or you can put together activity packets or toiletry kits, order something from their Amazon wish list or have a meal delivered, and more. The full list is here.
     
    At home
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    YMCA Child Care for Essential Workers

    YMCA of Austin is offering child care for children of health care workers, first responders, and all other essential workers. Care is available for children ages 3-12, and children are required to bring a sack lunch. During the day, kids will enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, games, movies, snacks, and supervision from experienced, expert Y staff. Children will be divided into small groups throughout the Y facilities, and proper social spacing will be maintained at all times. Register online.
    $40-50.  
    Austin-area YMCAs

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