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    Early Voting for the Nov. 3 Election

    Make your voice heard! Find a polling place online or by calling 512/238-VOTE (8683). Make a plan to get to the polls and learn about all the local races on our election page.
    Tue. Oct. 13-Fri., Oct. 30  
    Citywide
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    Empowered Women Empower Women

    Women United, a donor network supporting the poverty-fighting work of United Way for Greater Austin, hosts a virtual event celebrating women’s empowerment. The panel includes On the Road Garage's Cathy Bonner, KVUE's Kristie Gonzales, Capital One Bank's Malini Rajput, and D1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison.
    Tue., Oct. 20, 10-11am. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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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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    Jo's Ugly Dog Contest

    Does your furry friend have an irresistible aesthetic or a costume wardrobe you're dying to show off? Submit their photo to enter the contest, and entry fees go to Austin Humane Society. Spectators are welcome to vote at Jo's Coffee in the week before judging in three categories including Best Hair, Best Costume, and Ugly Dog (although they are all the cutest, of course).
    Register by Oct. 25; voting open Oct. 25-31; judging Oct. 31, 1pm  
    Submit online; vote at Jo's Coffee, 242 W. Second
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    Scare for a Cure

    Scare for a Cure is raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a fun Halloween challenge. Participate by uploading photos of your spooky decor, and they'll make you a donation page that you can share with your fans, with the option of adding your location to the map. Everyone's welcome to visit the displays (virtually or IRL) and contribute to your faves.: Read more here.
    Through Nov. 9  
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    Shock the Vote ATX Online Auction

    Shock the Vote ATX is all about community engagement, with 80 cents of every dollar of profit going directly to featured local nonprofit orgs. And this auction is a chance to score some very cool items including an abundant selection of art by Tim Doyle, Devin Lawson, and others; autographed albums; a priceless Robert Plant signed and framed print – and so much more. You don't want to miss this one!
    Through Nov. 8, 8pm  
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    Austin Public Library Virtual Book Clubs

    Austin Public Library has a full schedule of virtual book clubs throughout the fall, including true crime, LGBTQ content, graphic novels, and more. Check out the online calendar and see if one strikes your fancy.
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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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    Austin Self-Guided Hemp Tour

    Learn more about hemp while social distancing. Visit all seven retail locations for special discounts, education, and free swag.
    Through Oct. 22. Free.  
    Citywide
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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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    Don't Fall for the Call

    Austin utility customers are targeted by scammers every day, and the city wants everyone to be aware of how to recognize them. Scammers may call from spoofed numbers and request a call back at an 800 number, and may tell you metering equipment needs maintenance or threaten immediate service cutoff. Austin Energy will never ask for sensitive information over the phone or request non-traceable payment like gift cards. If you get a suspicious call, text, email, visit, or letter, make note of the callback number and report it to 311 and/or contact Customer Care online or at 512/494-9400.
    Ongoing  
    Citywide
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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Taco

    Donate at any of We Are Blood’s three donor centers or at any mobile blood drive to get a taco from Tacodeli. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Through Oct. 25  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Fall Folly

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church is raising funds to support their community ministries with an online silent auction featuring unique gift baskets, plants, face masks, art, and more.
    Oct. 18-24  
    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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    Pig Week 2020

    OK, so Pig Week is actually seven weeks, during which Central Texas Pig Rescue's compassionate small-business friends will be offering specials, with proceeds going to the CTPR Expansion Project. Check the calendar, follow CTPR's social media, and sign up for the newsletter to get reminders and updates. Then, simply indulge in your local faves like Rebel Cheese, Plow Burger, Bouldin Creek Cafe, and more, and share on Instagram by tagging @centraltexaspigrescue and the business' account using #pigweek2020 to be entered into raffles. It's an excellent way to "swine and dine," if you will, for a great cause.
    Through Oct. 31  
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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 YPWeek: Building Our Future

    Austin Young Chamber is a national partner of this conference for young people who are ready to build a new, more equitable future. Challenge your thinking, hear from those working toward progress on the front lines, learn about existing community efforts, and form lasting relationships with the leaders of tomorrow.
    Tue.-Wed., Oct. 20-21. Free.  
    Virtual

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