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    #LoveThyNeighborTX: AAUL Emergency Donation Drive

    Austin Area Urban League launched the #LoveThyNeighborTX campaign with the support of fellow community-focused organizations to provide shelter, food, water, clothing, and more for housing-insecure Austinites put at risk during the winter storm, and continues to collect donations through Sunday.
    Through Feb. 21  
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    125th TSHA Annual Meeting

    The Texas State Historical Association's 125th annual meeting is all online, with more than 30 sessions featuring the research and work of top Texas historians. Regular sessions are prerecorded to watch at your own pace, and live events and Q&A sessions will take place March 3-6.
    Feb. 17-March 6. $25; VIP, $125.  
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    Austin & Travis County Declare Local State of Disaster

    Travis County Judge Andy Brown and Austin Mayor Steve Adler have issued a local state of disaster for both Travis County and the city of Austin in response to severe winter weather conditions. These declarations will last for no more than seven days, until Feb. 21. They urge residents to seek shelter, stay off the roads unless it's an emergency, and conserve energy. Helpful tips and links to pages such as Austin Energy outage maps are located at AustinTexas.gov.
    Feb. 14  
    Countywide
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    Austin Disaster Relief Network

    Austin Disaster Relief Network deployed volunteers to emergency shelters during the storm and is now seeking donations and volunteers for crisis cleanup. If you need assistance, call the hotline at 1-800-329-8052 through March 2.
    Feb. 16-March 2  
    Sign up/donate online
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    Backyard Chickens

    Do you know the difference between a Buff Orpington and a Rhode Island Red? Find out and get all the details on starting your own coop at this beak-to-tail workshop, with options for online or on-site learning.
    Online: second Saturdays, 10am-noon; on-site: third Saturdays, 10am-2pm. $40, on-site; $30, online.  
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    Black History Month With Austin Music Foundation

    AMF will celebrate Black History Month by featuring 28 days of Austin music history told through a series of stories by rock maverick Bevis M. Griffin, the first Black glam rock artist in Texas. Follow along on their blog all month.
    Through Feb. 28  
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    Black History Month With Texas State Parks

    Park rangers from around Texas, including the Buffalo Soldier Heritage Outreach Program and the Texas Outdoor Family staff, are debuting a new series of virtual programs celebrating Black history, culminating in a live, interactive trivia challenge at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27.
    Through Feb. 27  
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    CANCELED: Cute AF Lonely Hearts Club

    Eastside Pop-up presents a handcrafted and vintage market where you'll find the perfect gift for someone special. A portion of vendor fees will go to Out Youth.
    Sat., Feb. 20, 11am-4pm. Free.  
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    Elisabet Ney's Nature Day

    Virtual fun for the whole family with nature art demos, an activity with the Austin Nature and Science Center, and a guided video tour of the Ney's historic prairie and diverse ecosystem.
    Sat., Feb. 20, 1-4pm. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Free Lunch ATX

    Austin's Free Lunch program provides home-cooked meals to people experiencing homelessness. Make a donation, or contact them at freelunch.atx@gmail.com if you or someone you know is in need of support.
    Feb. 15-25  
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    Front Steps Blanket Drive

    Nonprofit Front Steps makes it easy to donate a blanket to a cold Austinite in need. They offer several good options to order online and have shipped directly to them, or you can drop one off at ARCH. Even easier: Simply hit the "Donate Now" button on their site and make a one-time or recurring donation to support their ongoing work serving those living without homes.
    Ongoing  
    Online or at Front Steps (ARCH), 500 E. Seventh
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    Maximizing Hope Seeks Donations

    During the freezing weather last week, local nonprofit Maximizing Hope provided hotel rooms for over 100 Austinites without homes, as well as food and hygiene items. Your donation can help spread the warmth to even more people in need in their continuing work.
    Ongoing  
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    Support Austin Pets Alive!

    Head over to APA!'s blog to learn about the many ways you can help animals during the freeze and get resources if you need them. Monetary donations are always welcome, and they're collecting water and gas for generators. Staff and volunteers are answering emails to cold@austinpetsalive.org regarding donations and inquiries about help for animals stuck in the cold.
    Feb. 15-22  
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    Survive2Thrive Fundraiser

    Survive2Thrive partnered with Austin Hotel and Lodging Association to provide hotel rooms for the unhoused during the historic freeze. Donations are still being accepted.
    Feb. 16-March 8  
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    Texas Science Festival: Science for a Changing World

    UT-Austin's fest offers a series of virtual events, most of them live. Hear from world-changing researchers, COVID-19 vaccine innovators, and more; join virtual star parties with astronomers; and get step-by-step guidance for fun at-home experiments.
    Feb. 16-March 26. Free.  
    Virtual
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    UPDATED: AISD Warming Centers

    Austin ISD has opened four schools to serve as warming centers, 9am-9pm::
    • South: Joslin Elementary School, 4500 Menchaca Rd.:
    • North: Barrington Elementary School, 400 Cooper Dr.:
    • Central (UT campus area): Lee Elementary, 3308 Hampton Rd.:
    • Far West area: Murchison Middle School, 3700 North Hills Dr.:
    Ongoing  
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    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Wellness Phone Bank

    The Travis County Democratic Party needs volunteers for a phone bank to check in on vulnerable residents and connect them to resources. Volunteers need a working phone, internet, and computer.
    Feb. 19-20, 1-4pm  
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    Wastin' Away National Margarita Day

    What do Jimmy Buffett and High 5 have in common? Back in 1976, Buffett tasted his first margarita at a Mexican restaurant called Lung's Cocina del Sur, inspiring the song "Margaritaville." Lung's closed and became Fuddrucker's, which then became the Goodnight, and now High 5 is the proud home of this music history site. So it's the perfect spot for High 5 and The Austin Chronicle's National Margarita Day party, featuring the Texas Tide Jimmy Buffett tribute band (2-5pm), El Paraiso Burger, giveaways, and of course, delicious margaritas!
    Sat., Feb. 20, 2-7pm  
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    A Neighbor in Need A/C Giveaway

    Do you know of a homeowner in your area whose heating and air system no longer works? Someone that needs a new system but can’t afford it? Tell Del's Heating & Air Conditioning their story, and Del’s will provide one winner with a new HVAC system.
    Through April 15; winner chosen April 30  
    www.delsacservice.com
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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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    Austin Flea

    Shop handmade, vintage, and local goods, and grab a slice and an award-winning brew.
    Sat., Feb. 20, noon-5pm  
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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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    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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    Breastfeeding Support Group

    Baylor Scott & White Round Rock offers a virtual space to discuss nursing and child development with a certified lactation consultant.
    Third Saturdays, 11am. Free.  
    Zoom
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    Celebrate the Year of the Ox

    Austin's Asian American Cultural Center will post 18 links of various Asian dance and music performances to: help celebrate the arrival of the Golden Ox and put the challenging Year of the Rat behind us.
    Beginning Feb. 12  
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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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    Drop Spindle Spinning Class

    Learn about how the pioneers used the drop spindle to create thread, then try it for yourself.
    Sat., Feb. 20, 10am-2pm. $65.  
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    Governor's Community Achievement Awards

    Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation invite communities across Texas to apply for the prestigious Governor's Community Achievement Awards, which are judged on achievements in areas such as environmental education and community improvement.
    Deadline: March 4, 5pm. Free.  
    Online
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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  
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    Knitting: A Stitch in Time

    Learn a bit about the history of knitting in Pioneer Farms' historic spinning room and get all the tools you need to start this practical and fun hobby.
    Sat., Feb. 20, 10am-2pm. $60.  
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    Leatherworking: The Basics

    Get hands-on working with leather from start to finish, and go away with your own project and a valuable skill you can use for years to create bags, belts, and more.
    Third Saturdays, 10am-2:30pm. $100.  
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    Living the Legacy: A Tribute to Dr. Billy Harden

    Spectrum Theatre Company, Austin's only African American theatre company, presents a special tribute to Dr. Billy Harden (1953-2018), with musical and spoken performances in honor of the company's late founder.
    Sat., Feb. 27, 7pm. Free; donations encouraged.  
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    Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas: A Night of Wishes

    Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas has brought transformational wishes to more than 5,000 children and families, and it all happens due to valued supporters. Tune in from home or outdoors at the VIP event, participate in a silent and live auction, and hear about the wishes granted by the program.
    Sat., Feb. 20. Free to watch.  
    Virtual
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    Need Transportation to Shelter?

    If you are unable to shelter in place, call 311 if you need transportation, or send the following information to COAEmergencyRides@austintexas.gov, and they will do their best to assist with the limited resources available::
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    • Phone number and/or email:
    • Best way or ways to contact you or the person needing assistance:
    • Number of individuals requesting transport:
    • Special accommodations, e.g. wheelchair use, car seats, pets:
    • Pickup address, including ZIP code if possible:
    • Drop-off address, if other than a warming center:
    • Any other details relevant to your transportation need:
    Feb. 18-22  
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    Pioneer Night Spirits Tour

    This historic site is reportedly rich with paranormal activity. See it for yourself on a tour with spirit experts.
    Sat., Feb. 20, 7pm. $30.  
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    SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market

    Because you like it local, because you like it good.
    Saturdays, 11am-5pm
    1511 S. Congress
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    Sun Radio Recharge

    The Sun Radio Recharge program has pledged $40,000 in disaster relief funding for any Central Texans affected by the recent winter storm. Apply online for a $100 check if you were affected, or donate to keep the fund going so Sun Radio can help more folks. All funding has been allocated at this time.
    Application period opened Feb. 8, will close when funds are expended  
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    Wilco Free Tax Prep

    United Way of Williamson County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is offering free drop-off/pickup tax preparation service by appointment only. IRS-certified tax preparers will provide assistance to households earning $57,000 or less annually and to older adults of all income levels, and services are available in English and Spanish.
    Feb. 10-April 15  
    1205 Round Rock Ave. #106, Round Rock
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    Young Texan Ambassadors

    Keep Texas Beautiful is accepting applications for its Young Texan Ambassador program. Ambassadors are passionate about the environment and are committed to making Texas the best place to live, work, and play through volunteerism and leadership. Program is open to young people age 15-25.
    Deadline: March 5. Free.  
    Online

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