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    Austin Empty Bowl Project

    The need is greater than ever, and all proceeds from this event will benefit Central Texas Food Bank and Meals on Wheels Central Texas. Visit the online store for Sam Hurt's special COVID T-shirt or big beautiful tote bag, the AEBP cookbook, Nancy Elder quilt raffle tickets, online concert tickets, and the online silent auction link. The silent auction includes everything from bowls for you and your dog to restaurant gift certificates. You can also make a tax-deductible donation. For every $25 donated, an empty bowl will be added to food boxes distributed by the Central Texas Food Bank or Meals on Wheels Central Texas.
    Through Nov. 22. By donation and online auction.  
    Online
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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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    Mission Possible Thanksgiving

    Lend a hand to those experiencing homelessness this year by donating to Mission Possible's Great Thanksgiving Banquet fund. Donations of $6 cover the cost of one meal, and $10 can provide a sleeping bag. The banquet is held on Sun., Nov. 22.
    Donate by Sat., Nov. 21. Select "I want to support Thanksgiving Banquet" on the donation page.  
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    PAWS Bone Appetit

    PAWS Shelter of Central Texas' virtual fundraising event promises performances from the likes of Jimmie Vaughan, celebrity guests such as Nancy McKeon from Facts of Life, an online auction featuring tons of vacation packages, and heartwarming stories of precious rescued pets.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 7pm  
    Online
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    SIMS Foundation Presents: Music for the Mind

    Broadcast from Arlyn Studios, this special livestream features performances covering a variety of genres interwoven with personal stories, as artists share their connections to mental health and raise money for the SIMS Foundation.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 6-10pm. $10 donation.  
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    Texans Can Academies Thanksgiving Food Drive

    No one should be without a Thanksgiving meal this year. Using an Amazon wish list, those in the giving mood can easily purchase items for Texans Can Academies students and have them shipped directly to the school for distribution in Thanksgiving baskets for students to take home. Or, if you would like to schedule a delivery or pickup, please contact Nina Winstead at nwinstead@texanscan.org or 512/400-3313.
    Order on Amazon by Thu., Nov. 12; in-person donations accepted until Nov. 18  
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    WIFT Hunt ATX

    You probably know about some of the local filming locations for Dazed and Confused, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Grindhouse, Friday Night Lights, and Office Space, but Women in Film & Television Austin is challenging you to visit them all. They've put together a handy map so you can hunt them all down, and to enter their scavenger hunt contest, post a selfie using #WIFTHuntATX and tag WIFT, or send it via email. You can also visit locations that aren't on the map if you're in the know. There are tons of cool prizes from local vendors, and all participants get a discount at the Gas Station in Bastrop. Get to hunting today; there are so many locations to visit!
    Through Nov. 12  
    Various locations; submit entries online
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    Aging Well in Health and Wealth: Having a Family Plan

    A webinar examining the role income inequality and the wealth gap play in having financial stability and good health in our senior years, and the importance of initiating family discussions and making plans for senior living. Hosted by the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Latinos for Secure Retirement.
    Thu., Nov. 12, 6:30-7:30pm  
    Online via Zoom & Facebook Live
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    Art & Business Conversation Series

    The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, in collaboration with Capitol View Arts, presents this series providing professional development skills and addressing challenges that Black and Brown creatives in Austin area face in regard to launching their careers.
    Thursdays through Nov. 19, 11:30am-1pm  
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    Austin Design Week 2020

    Join the Austin creative community for the fifth annual Austin Design Week and get inspired by a variety of free workshops, talks, and presentations hosted by Austin creatives and showcasing the best in Austin design. Open to everyone.
    Mon.-Fri., Nov. 9-13. Free.  
    Virtual
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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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    BSC Reopening Business Safely Global Forum

    Business is not as usual. This is a safe place to talk about business concerns, share ideas, and hear from weekly business expert guests.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Through Dec. 16. Free.  
    Online
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    BSC's Rebuilding Business Nationwide Forum

    Business Success Center offers a weekly opportunity to network with other business owners and learn from one another. It's an open forum so you can come and go as you please.
    Thursdays, 12-1pm. Through Dec. 17. Free.  
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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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    Georgetown Field of Honor

    The Rotary Club of Georgetown displays over 1,700 U.S. flags in honor of the military, this year including the frontline workers facing the pandemic. Visit the breathtaking display all week long, and purchase a flag to honor and support first responders, veterans, active duty military, and K-9 heroes.
    Nov. 7-15  
    San Gabriel Park Activity Field, Chamber Way, Georgetown
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    Hands for Hope

    El Buen is once again gearing up for its annual Hands for Hope meal distribution event, this year aiming to provide holiday meals to 1,750 families. Make a contribution online or sign up to volunteer on distribution day.
    Donate now; distribution day is Sat., Nov. 21  
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    Hidden Heroes Caregiving Luncheon

    Alzheimer's Texas will honor caregivers, the hidden heroes of health care, with a special virtual event and fundraiser. Ten special caregivers will receive a grant of $1,000, and the luncheon is for any caregiver or health care worker who has tended to someone with a debilitating disease or has gone above and beyond in creating an atmosphere for special needs individuals.
    Thu., Nov. 12, noon-3pm  
    Virtual
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    It Starts With Mom Live Texas: Virtual Event Series

    March of Dimes presents a series of educational seminars geared toward moms and moms-to-be, with sessions like "Closing the Health Equity Gap" and "Moms Climbing the Corporate Ladder."
    Thu.-Fri., Nov. 12-13; Mon.-Tue., Nov. 16-17. Free.  
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    It's My Park Day

    This year's Austin Parks Foundation event is taking place at a distance, meaning a whole week of virtual events, opportunities to give back to Austin's parks, and contests. The virtual kickoff Nov. 7 will reveal the at-a-distance activities, and the online wrap party is Nov. 14.
    Nov. 7-14  
    Citywide
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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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