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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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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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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 Food & Toy Drive

    Mission Possible is collecting nonperishable food donations for their BAGS Program that delivers food boxes to individuals in need, as well as new toy donations to help stock the Tree of Lights Christmas Store. H-E-B and Walmart gift cards are also welcome, and there's an Amazon wish list if you need inspiration.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 9:30-11:30am  
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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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    Anomaly Archives Adventure Club Monthly Meetups

    The Anomaly Archives is the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute, an org all about anomalous phenomena: the Fortean, mysterious, paranormal, UFOs, and "weird news headlines."
    Through Dec. 12. Second Saturdays, 3-5pm. Free.  
    Online via YouTube or Facebook Live
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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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    Be a Santa to a Senior

    Fulfilling a senior's Christmas wish couldn't be easier. Simply visit Home Instead Senior Care's virtual tree, choose a recipient, and purchase their wish list item from Amazon. It'll be safely delivered and will make someone's day. You can also visit one of Home Instead's three Austin-area locations to participate.
    Through Dec. 15  
    Virtual
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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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    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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    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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    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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    What's Next for Austin's Co-op Economy?

    Join the Austin Cooperative Business Association for a panel discussion to learn about the potential for converting existing businesses to cooperatives, the types of support available for those conversions, and how we can make Austin’s local economy even more vibrant.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 11am-12:30pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Wish Upon a Smile Virtual Gala

    In support of Austin Smiles' life-changing work providing surgical and post-surgical care to children born with cleft lip and palate in Central Texas and Latin America, join a livestream of the Brew and awards presentation with emcee Ron Oliveira, streamed from the Oasis. And be sure to visit the online auction to make a donation or bid on unique art, getaways, and more.
    Sat., Nov. 14, 5-6:30pm. Free.  
    Facebook Live

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