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    The Austin Chronicle Virtual Hot Sauce Festival

    The 30th annual Hot Sauce Festival is going virtual this year! Donate to the Central Texas Food Bank to count yourself in on the spicy festivities. The live event will feature winner announcements, hot sauce judging highlights, surprises from Camila McConaughey and Eldorado Cafe, plus music from Go Fever, Como Las Movies, Mike Melinoe, and Nemegata. Your donation helps Central Texas families in need and comes with special perks from local sponsors like Joy Organics, Tiff's Treats, Grassroots Harvest, and dozens more. Tasting kits are sold out, but all-new Hot Sauce merch is still available. Get more info and make your donation at austinchronicle.com/hot-sauce.
    Sun., Aug. 30  
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Call for Día de los Muertos Ofrendas

    Mexic-Arte Museum is seeking community altar artists for their Día de los Muertos celebration this fall. Artists must be able to complete installation between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15. Email curator George Vargas for an application.
    Application deadline: Aug. 26  
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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  
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    Child Care Provider Relief Grant Application Period Open

    The Austin Child Care Provider Relief Grant provides immediate one-time financial assistance to eligible child care centers, including home providers. In partnership with the city of Austin, United Way for Greater Austin will accept applications and provide consultation and case management services to grant applicants. Join a webinar on Wed., July 22, at 9am to get more information.
    Open July 21 to Oct. 1 or when funding is expended, whichever is first  
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    CIS Ready for School Supply Drive

    This year, the Communities in Schools supply drive is more important than ever. As students return to school, whether in a building or at home, they will need the right tools to ensure success. Donate now to help CIS Central Texas reach their $75K goal.
    Ongoing  
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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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    El Sabor de Austin Auction for Latinitas

    Dozens of Austin's coolest and most philanthropic restaurants joined forces to empower tomorrow's courageous leaders: Latinitas students. Latinitas is the original bilingual STEM education program for girls in Austin, and your auction bids will keep this essential program going. You can't miss with any of these options, but a small sample of the items up for bidding includes gift cards from Tiff's Treats, Via 313, Sugar Mama's, and Bird Bird Biscuit.
    Through Aug. 29  
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    HackOut: LGBTQIA StartUp Weekend

    The hardest part of starting up is starting out, so HackOut was created to inspire entrepreneurs in the LGBTQIA community. Participants meet and work with 100+ other entrepreneurs and industry experts, validate ideas, and learn how to create a real company. Read about last year's event here.
    Applications due Aug. 22; event is Sept. 10-13. Free.  
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    Little White Chapel Pop-up Weddings

    Now here's an idea: quick, gorgeous, COVID-conscious weddings with all the bells and whistles, put on by some of Austin's favorite local vendors, at the iconic Mercury Hall. You'll be in and out in a jif, and the space will be sanitized and set up for the next happy couple. They're getting booked up fast, so sign up ASAP.
    Slots available for Fri.-Sun., Sept. 11-13, 11am-8:30pm. $2000.  

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