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    A Christmas Affair 2020: Felicidad

    The Junior League of Austin's online event and marketplace offers a host of holiday-themed happenings and goods from small businesses around the country. Funds raised go to JLA's signature programs such as Coats for Kids, Food in Tummies, and Kids in Cool Shoes, along with more than 30 local nonprofits.
    Through Sun., Nov. 22. $15+.  
    Online
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    AHS Rags to Wags Gala

    Join Austin Humane Society as they "paws" to celebrate: the 15th anniversary of the Rags to Wags Gala. This unforgettable evening will be filled with endless surprises as the animals take over to bring you this one-of-a-kind online event. Visit the online auction to bid on unique items like a Kitten Kuddle Party or Puppy House Party, and upgrade to VIP to get a party-in-a-box kit and kick your virtual gala experience up a notch.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 6:30-8pm  
    Virtual
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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.  
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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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    Love Where You Live Day

    In honor of Keep Austin Beautiful's 35th anniversary, you're invited to show some love right where you are, whether it’s on the street in front of your house or the pocket park around the corner. Pick up some litter, mow your yard, weed a garden bed, or rake some leaves; it’s up to you! Give 35 minutes to help celebrate 35 years. Use the hashtags #KeepAustinBeautiful and #LWYLKAB and tag KAB on social media @KeepAustinBeautiful (Facebook and Instagram) and @KAB_Austin (Twitter) or email your photos to communications@keepaustinbeautiful.org. Anyone who shares or tags KAB in photos will be entered in a drawing to win a free piece of Keep Austin Beautiful merchandise.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 9-11am  
    Citywide
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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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    O. Henry Pun-Off Punslingers Competition: Virtual Edition

    The 43-year Austin tradition is going worldwide with this virtual edition, wherein witty wordsmiths spontaneously sling puns in two rounds: The first begins at 11am, and qualifiers compete for the crown at 7pm. Brought to you by the city of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), Brush Square Museums Foundation, and partners at Austin’s own Fantastic Magic Camp and internationally renowned podcast Pun Intensive. Doughnations go to Brush Square Museums Foundation.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 11am, 7pm  
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    AAYHF Annual Toy Drive

    African American Youth Harvest Foundation is seeking donations of toys for youth 3 months to 17 years of age. Gift cards are also welcome.
    Through Dec. 18  
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    Advanced Grower Master Class

    Learn all about hemp with Texas Hemp Growers. Tickets include four hours of educational content, a guidebook, a chance to win door prizes, a morning mixer with donuts, coffee, and networking, plus lunch and snacks.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 9am-3pm. $55.  
    Holiday Inn, 105 Bintu Dr., San Marcos
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    APA! Holiday Store Now Open

    When you're shopping for the animal lovers in your life, you'll find the perfect gift and support the nonprofit at the Austin Pets Alive! online store. They've got a people & pets cookbook, ornaments, toys, and the must-have outerwear for winter: the "I Like Big Mutts and I Cannot Lie" hoodie.
    Ongoing  
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    Armadillo Art Concierge

    Sadly, we can't visit the Armadillo Art Bazaar in person this year. The next best thing is Armadillo Art Concierge, an online, curated shopping guide pointing visitors to collections by content, process, medium, or artist location. Follow them on social media @armadillobazaar to see spotlighted art each day.
    Ongoing  
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    Artisan Mercado

    The Artisan Mercado has reopened at La Peña Gallery with social distancing and safety measures in place. The market features Latino products from different regions of Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, and the Southwest, including handcrafted jewelry and ceramics, ethnic clothing and handbags, as well as paintings and drawings. Parking is available at the Austin Convention Center.
    First and third Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Free.  
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    Austin Creative Reuse

    ACR is such a neat place, filled to the brim with donations of reusable items, but you don't even have to be there to take advantage of their Earth-friendly stock. Shop online for gifts, holiday wrapping, craft supplies and notions, and even fun mystery packs.
    Ongoing  
    Online or in-store at 2005 Wheless
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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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    Backyard Chickens: The ABCs

    A beak-to-tail workshop on our fine feathered friends, for those interested in raising their own flock at home.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 10am-noon  
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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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    Blood Bazaar

    Blood Over Texas' online holiday market is the spot to find all kinds of evil wares for fans of goth and horror. All the vendors are local, and include many of the sellers from past Horror for the Holidays events.
    Through Dec. 24  
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    Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

    The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
    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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    Coming of Age Online Holiday Fundraiser

    Double your holiday gifting by supporting a local nonprofit as you shop. Visit this unique online estate sale for electronics, collectibles, kitchenware, and lots more, and all proceeds benefit Travis County's Coming of Age program, which supports individuals age 50 and up. Shipping and local delivery are available.
    Ongoing  
    Virtual
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    Free PPE & Flu Shots

    The Austin Latino Coalition and Del Valle Community Coalition, in partnership with H-E-B, Central Health, and CommUnityCare, will be providing supplies like face masks and flu shots for ages 7 and up. Walk up or drive through.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 9am-noon  
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    FriendsGiving

    Mix and mingle while you learn about nonprofits and ways to benefit your health and wellness. Live music begins at 1pm.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 11:30am. $25.  
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    Gone to Texas

    A walking tour through Texas history from 1841 to 1899, with a costumed guide. Tours start at the General Store in the Sprinkle Corner entrance village.
    Saturdays & Sundays; times vary  
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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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    Interpreting Local, State, and National Election Results

    Join Common Ground for Texans for an online panel discussion about the recent election and what its results mean. We'll have a new Texas House speaker; who might that be and what will be its significance? Two City Council districts will be in a runoff election on Dec. 15. What will the new Council look like and what will its agenda be? Panelists will discuss these questions and more.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 2-4pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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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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    Operation Turkey

    For only $25, you can help Operation Turkey feed 10 people in need this Thanksgiving. The goal is to serve 75,000 this year.
    Ongoing  
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    Personalized Video Message From Santa

    COVID has taken away our Santa Claus visits this year, but don't worry! The Volunteer Services Council has you covered with a personalized video message from Santa. Support mental health programs at Austin State Hospital with this unique fundraiser: For only $20, get a video your kids will love with a personal message including facts only Santa Claus would know. Order online or call 512/419-2323 for more details.
    Order by Dec. 13. $20.  
    Virtual
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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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    Virtual DIY: Make a Succulent Wreath

    A holiday tradition returns! The Articulture succulent wreath class is a favorite every year. Join from home to have a lot of fun while learning a new craft and techniques so you can repeat the process anytime (hint, hint: The holidays are right around the corner and these wreaths make a perfect gift). Materials provided via pickup or delivery.
    Sat., Nov. 21, 11am. $140+.  
    Virtual

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