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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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    ASFD Face Masks Now Available

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Austin School of Fashion Design is selling face masks, and your contribution is very much appreciated. They're 100% cotton, handmade, reversible, washable, and reusable, and include a filter pocket. Special orders are accepted, and they'll ship everywhere. Get fun designs including Pride, Marvel, Spider-Man, sugar skulls, and more.
    Ongoing. $10 and up.  
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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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    Ice Ball 2020: A Big Night In

    Big Brothers Big Sisters' Ice Ball is virtual this year, and includes an online cocktail reception, an online auction, special guests, inspiring stories, presentation of the 2020 Ice 7 Award, and – most importantly – the opportunity to make a life-changing difference for kids in Central Texas.
    Sat., Aug. 22, 6:30-8pm  
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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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    Trash Makeover Challenge

    Join Texas Campaign for the Environment for this 10th annual event, a contest for fashion designers, stylists, and models to create original high-fashion looks out of recycled and recovered materials. Enjoy a unique fashion show, participate in the People’s Choice awards, and learn more about TCE's work to fight pollution in Texas. There's also an online auction with unique items from some of Austin's favorite vendors, restaurants, and performers, going all week leading up to the event.
    Show: Sat., Aug. 29, 7pm; auction begins Aug. 21  
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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  
    Online
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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  
    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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    Desde La Sala Virtual Concert Series

    Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's digital program “Desde la Sala” features a series of free performances by some of their favorite artists, from their living room to yours. Like and follow the ESB-MACC’s Facebook and/or the city of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department YouTube to get updates on upcoming concerts.
    Sat., Aug. 22, 6-9pm. Free.  
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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.
    June 8-Oct. 1  
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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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    Embroidery Portraits Workshop

    Learn how to create a mystical mixed media portrait with artist Whitney Avra. Pick up your materials kit Thu.-Fri., noon-3pm.
    Sat., Aug. 22, 11am  
    www.thecathedralatx.com
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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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    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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    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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    Pavement Austin Now Open

    Be among the first to experience an epic new retail destination for men and women with almost 10,000 square feet of modern, upcycled, new, and vintage fashions. Buy, sell, or trade. Free parking, next to Eberly.
    Open daily 10am-9pm  
    611 S. Lamar
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    Pioneer Farms Public Tours

    If you're not yet familiar with Pioneer Farms, join one of their many public guided tours to learn more about how they preserve 19th-century Texas history.
    First Fridays, second & fourth Saturdays, 8:30am-noon. Free with admission.  
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    Puppy Petting Zoo

    DogEmbark says puppies needs to meet 100 different people and dogs before they reach 16 weeks of age to learn the social skills they need to be happy, positive members of the community. So they're offering a COVID-conscious space at Barton Creek Farmers Market for dogs seven-16 weeks old to socialize. If you've got a potential puppy participant, register online. If not, you could be one of those important 100, so go pet the puppers!
    Saturdays, 9am-1pm  

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