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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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    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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    Become a Fix-It Clinic Instructor

    Austin Resource Recovery is seeking interested and qualified individuals to lead paid online interactive repair workshops. Workshops will be hosted on a platform provided by the city, and selected instructors will receive up to $100 per class. Classes will be held mid-March to mid-April and will cover basic repairs of items like toasters, lamps, or coffee machines.
    Applications due Feb. 15  
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    Black History Month With Creative Action

    Follow Creative Action on social media to find out tow to join in uplifting local and young Black creators. Learn about how to support an artivist movement among youth, and honor the dynamic artistry of our Black communities.
    Through Feb. 28  
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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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    Climate Justice Talk

    Join the UT-Austin School of Architecture for a discussion about climate change as it relates to equity in planning and design.
    Fri., Feb. 5, 1-3pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom & YouTube
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Girl Scout Cookies

    Kick off cookie season with We Are Blood and the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Donate blood, platelets or convalescent plasma to get a free box of Girl Scout cookies.
    Through Feb. 15  
    We Are Blood donor centers and mobile drives
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
    Online
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    Lunar New Year: Bao'd Up's Oxenbao

    That's right, citizen, it's the Year of the Ox – and this popular eatery is celebrating with soft and savory bao buns that feature an ox-head decoration on the outside and brisket on the inside. Timely and delicious, is the idea here, and it's such a good idea that they're also offering Valentine's bao (with a heart on the outside and cheesecake inside) at the same time. But it's for just one weekend, as that adventurous chef Ting Lin points out – so get 'em while you can.
    Available Feb. 12-14
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    Lunar New Year: Tso's Happy Family

    "Happy families are all alike," wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author's Anna Karenina would've loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls when you use this special Chronicle readers' code: accny2021.
    Available through Feb. 12
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    Regency Rhythms: Aaron Stephens

    Relax, unwind, and kick off the weekend in style with live local music at Marker 10. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
    Fri., Feb. 5, 5-7pm  

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