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    Donate Blood, Get a Free Thundercloud Sub

    Donate blood or platelets with We Are Blood to get a voucher for a free small ThunderCloud sub, redeemable through February. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Jan. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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    Electric Lady Bird

    The Austin Public Library's streaming service, Electric Lady Bird, is now accepting submissions of local music. Upload 1-3 tracks to be considered, and jurors from the Austin music community will select the best albums. Selected musicians will be awarded $200, and the library will receive non-exclusive rights to stream the album/EP for a three-year term.
    Jan. 22-31  
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    Hi, How Are You Day

    Jan. 22 would've been Daniel Johnston's 60th birthday, and this event honors the dearly departed musician and raises funds for nonprofit Hi, How Are You Project's mental health initiatives. This year's HHAYD extends beyond his birthday and takes the form of a "Happy Habit-a-Thon," wherein a digital bingo card leads participants through activities designed to reinforce healthy habits, guide conversation, and reduce the stigma around mental illness. In addition, landmarks (like Johnston's beloved Hi, How Are You mural on the Drag) and sponsor American Campus Communities' West Campus properties will be illuminated in green, the hue of mental health awareness.
    Jan. 22-31. Free; donations encouraged.  
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    Shop Small Saturdaze

    Eastside Pop-Up's collab with Far Out Lounge features more than 20 vendors spaced out over three acres to make shopping local safe and easy. They're also raising funds for Central Texas Food Bank; visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thefaroutaustin to donate.
    Sat., Jan. 30, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    AHS Car Raffle

    You could win a Mazda Miata convertible through the 17th annual Austin Humane Society car raffle powered by Roger Beasley Mazda. Each ticket provides one night of safe and warm shelter, nutritious food, quality medical care, and lots of love for a cat or dog who is waiting to find a home.
    Tickets available now; drawing held April 17. $20; three tickets for $50.  
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    AHS Tailgate Competition

    Austin Humane Society's Puppy Bowl XIV Tailgate Competition is officially underway! Andrea's Eats, Jo's Coffee, Austin Daily Press, and Yard Bar each compete with a tasty treat – and they're donating a percentage of sales to AHS. Try them all, and vote for your fave in the Facebook poll. The winning bite will be announced during the Puppy Bowl on Feb. 6.
    Through Feb. 5  
    Various locations
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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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    Ghost Pepper Glass: Taste of Glass Experiences

    If you've been wanting to cross glass-blowing off your bucket list, here's your chance! Try a crash course to get a quick overview and make your own small souvenir. Private lessons, workshops, and multi-week courses also available.
    Fri.-Sat. through Jan. 30, 6, 7, or 8pm. $65 per person and project.  
    Ghost Pepper Glass, 979 Springdale #100
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    K-pop Nite

    Dance to the latest and greatest K-pop, visit the photo booth and merch tables, and enjoy adult bubble tea. Venue will be limited to 25% capacity and masks are required.
    Sat., Jan. 30, 10pm-2am  
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    LEEF Gala

    An evening at the drive-in to raise funds for the Leander Educational Excellence Foundation, including a fun photo op provided by Lifetouch, a food voucher, popcorn, party box, silent and live auction, and a screening of Back to the Future.
    Sat., Jan. 30, 5pm. $75-180; virtual event is free.  
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    Practical Existentialism: Philosophy for Self-Care & Mental Health

    In this fun and engaging workshop, look at how "Big Questions" about meaning and purpose can be useful to organize yourself toward better mental health and self-care.
    Sat., Jan. 30, noon-1:45pm. $25.  
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    Race, Representation, and Cinema

    Join filmmaker and educator Rhitu Basu, Austin School of Film’s lead educator on Minority Lens course series, for a lecture and discussion on representational issues around race and culture in Hollywood films.
    Sat., Jan. 30, 2-4pm. Free; $5 donation encouraged.  
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    Reuse Hack Contest

    Have you discovered a great organizing hack with reused materials? Austin Creative Reuse wants to hear about it and reward the best one with a $10 gift card. Submit at least two photos, a description of materials used, and your social media handles to rethink@austincreativereuse.org to enter.
    Through Jan. 31  
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    YWCA Warmline

    Call the YWCA of Greater Austin's "Warmline" to get support amidst the isolation of COVID-19.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-8pm; Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., noon-4pm  
    Via phone: 512/548-9922

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